Note– For Fall 2020 Semester Applicants: CAIR New Jersey will be recruiting and accepting Fall 2020 applicants with the understanding that the positions will most likely be conducted on a remote basis due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. 

As an organization, we believe that the best way to secure a better future for all of us is to empower young Americans with the skills they need to make a difference. There is no better teacher than experience. Interns at CAIR New Jersey’s office in South Plainfield, NJ work on substantive projects that lay the foundation for a fair and more inclusive America. They develop professional skills, gain insight into the societal impact of public service, and can work with our departments so they might holistically understand the daily operations of a non-profit civil rights organization.

Why join CAIR New Jersey?

CAIR New Jersey has a wide array of projects and activities catering to the needs of the Muslim community and will empower you to make a difference! Opportunities are available throughout the year for all students to apply–full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate, and all majors. Interns can earn academic credit or community service hours, or simply enrich their experience and insight to advocacy and civil rights efforts.

Application guidelines:

To be considered an applicant must submit a complete application form, and then email the following documents to info@nj.cair.com:

  1. A cover letter that specifies the position(s) and session (i.e., winter-spring, summer, or fall) you are applying for, as well as your interests and qualifications. Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one department if they wish;
  2. A resume that lists your most relevant and updated profile and contact information;
  3. Samples of your work. Departments may require you to submit at least one of the following samples:
    • Writing sample: This could be a drafted legal document, press release, blog, or previously submitted essay or writing assignment you’ve written that reflects civil rights and advocacy issues as they pertain to CAIR New Jersey scope. If none of the above are available, an original essay will also be considered. [maximum length: 5 pages; if longer, please select an excerpt]. 
  4. If you are a student, a course schedule for the most current academic period (only applicable for Fall and Spring session) 
Academic credit and community service hours

Interns may receive academic credit or community service hours if arrangements are made between CAIR New Jersey and the intern’s school. It is the student’s responsibility to research the requirements, work with the supervising director to tailor the internship, and ensure that appropriate forms are completed if they wish to receive academic credits from their respective institutions.

Stipend

No other financial compensation is offered at this time. We are always happy to assist with securing funding through your academic institution or other third-party programs. 

Timeline and minimum expectations

CAIR New Jersey’s internship program is open throughout the year and we accept applications on a rolling basis. Considering college academic calendars, each session generally runs between the following months, though this may be adjusted depending on your availability:

  • Winter/Spring: January – May (Application deadline: December 15th)
  • Summer: May – August (Application deadline: April 30th)
  • Fall: September – December (Application deadline: August 31st)

Due to the high volume of applicants, it is recommended that you send in your application as soon as possible.

Scheduling requirements

Part-time interns are expected to come in between 2-3 days a week to fulfill approximately 15 hours per week. The office is available between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.

Qualifications
  • Sophomore status (or greater) at an accredited university
  • Enthusiastic, optimistic, focused, and motivated
  • Detail-oriented and creative; self-starter and can work under minimum supervision
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, analytical and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Friendly and outgoing (comfortable speaking in public)
  • Demonstrates the ability to follow through on various on-going and newly assigned tasks
  • Experience interacting with the Muslim community
  • Must be passionate about community engagement
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Requirements
  • Must be willing to work 15 hours per week around intern’s schedule during the academic year; up to 30 hours per week during the summer
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For general inquiries, email or call our office at info@nj.cair.com or (908) 668-5900.

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