Internship FAQs

What is The Advocates' internship policy during COVID-19?

Most internships are being conducted fully remotely. Arrangements will be determined by successful applicants and their supervisors on a case-by-case basis. We offer interns virtual mentorship and networking opportunities.

What are the deadlines for internship applications?

We review intern applications on a rolling basis during certain time periods.

For Fall applications, we start reviewing applications on August 1 and continue until August 30 or we fill our internship positions..

For Spring applications, the period is November 1 until November 30 or until we fill our internship positions.

We receive the highest volume of applications for Summer internships. We review fellowship applications on a rolling basis, and request they are submitted four weeks prior to the fellowship deadline. All other summer internship applications are reviewed starting March 1 until March 30 or the positions are filled.

Will The Advocates sponsor my fellowship application?

The Advocates welcomes interns through fellowship programs. We do require that you submit your request for placement to us at least 4 weeks prior to your fellowship deadline. Please note in your application that you are applying for a fellowship.

Are The Advocates internships paid?

All internships are unpaid. Interns are encouraged to work with outside funding sources, fellowships, work study programs, or arrange for academic credit. Part-time internships allow interns to balance paid jobs with internships.

Can I intern for The Advocates if I’m not located in Minnesota?

Generally, our interns work on-site at our office in Minneapolis. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do have remote opportunities. 

I’m from outside the U.S., can you help me get a visa to come & intern?

The Advocates is not able to sponsor interns for visa purposes. If you are able to secure a visa on your own, or will be in the U.S. as a foreign student or in another capacity, you are certainly welcome to apply for an internship.

What is the usual work schedule for an intern?

During the school year, we ask that interns commit to at least 8 hours per week, and up to 12 or more depending on the intern’s own schedule, fellowship, and availability. We additionally ask that interns be available for a 4 hour block of time – either morning or afternoon (9-1 or 1-5) with certain exceptions. We have limited computer and office space for onsite interns, and need to schedule accordingly, therefore the request for AM or PM blocks of time.

During the summer, the majority of our interns are full time, working M-F from 9-5.

I’m interested in an area of human rights that isn’t listed in your internships section – can I bring my own project in?

We only accept interns to work in our established and existing program areas or on current projects.

Can I get credit through my school for my internship?

The Advocates regularly works with students who are interning for credit. Please note on your internship application that you will be seeking credit through your school, and any special requirements of your program (for example, if you require supervision by a particular professional like an attorney). Like the fellowship application, if there is a deadline for your internship class, please make sure The Advocates has your application at least 4 weeks in advance of that deadline. 

I’m a social work student, can I intern with The Advocates?

The Advocates does have the capacity to supervise social work interns. Please follow the internship/fellowship application guidelines and make sure to note any special requirements for your program.

What skills or majors are especially helpful or interesting to The Advocates?

Foreign language fluency, policy analysis (particularly education-related), graphic design, law students, SEO experience, familiarity with CMS platforms. This can change between semesters, depending on program needs. If you have a skill that you think would be useful, please note it on your application.

I’m not a student; can I still be an intern?

Yes, we have hosted interns who are recent graduates. Often, non-students work with The Advocates as volunteers, either long-term or short-term, on a variety of projects. To learn more about volunteering with The Advocates, please attend one of our volunteer information sessions.

I’m interested in interning with more than one project/program at The Advocates. Can I do that?

We have hosted interns who work across programs. When you submit your application, please make sure you indicate your primary interest and your interest in working on more than one internship. We cannot guarantee placement with multiple programs, as this depends on the needs and schedule of both programs. Most of our interns work with one program only.

Do you host J-term interns?

Yes. January is a time of year when we have a great need for interns, but usually fewer interns available. We welcome J-term interns. Applications for J-term interns are reviewed beginning November 1.

How do I know if there are still intern spots available?

We review applications on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early if you are interested in interning with a particular program. If it is past the time in which we review applications, but before we post the application for the next semester, we indicate on our website if internship spots are still available.

How long should my writing sample be?

Your application will not be considered until it is complete. For it to be complete, we require a filled out application, a resume, and a writing sample. The writing sample you select should showcase your writing and research skills. Typically, an academic paper that is 2-5 pages in length will work. If you are applying for a Communications internship and have graphic design experience, please consider submitting any design examples you have created. You may email any additional materials to

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