The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization. CAIR's mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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Learn, interact, grow in a fast-paced, diverse environment!

Internships at CAIR-WA's office in Seattle’s historic International District offer students and activists a great opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a fast-paced, diverse environment. Interns play a very important role in our work, undertake a considerable amount of responsibility and lead many projects and initiatives.

How does it work?

A minimum six month, 20 hours per week commitment is required. Most internships require all hours to be completed in the office, within the hours of 8:00am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Although additional qualifications may be noted with each position, all internship positions at CAIR-WA require the following attributes:

  • Passion for CAIR's community service work
  • Internal sense of urgency and initiative that promotes focus, creative thinking and solutions
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Professional demeanor

How to Apply?

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and, in the subject line, please clearly indicate the title(s) of the position(s) in which you are interested, in order of preference. Please include in your e-mail an explanation of why you are interested in this position, any relevant experience or skills, and your complete contact information (full name, email, and phone number).

You may also include a résumé and two references who have supervised you in a past volunteer position, internship or employment. Applicants must pass a background check. All internship positions at CAIR-WA are unpaid.

Students interested in receiving academic credit (college) or community service hours (high school) should indicate so in their cover letters. Credit may be arranged during the first week of the academic term.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

As a Public Relations Intern (title could also be Fellow or Volunteer, based on applicant's goals) you will be part of a highly challenging, highly rewarding un-paid 1-year internship where you will deliver measurable societal impact by producing Op-Eds and other written and broadcast media pieces that reach millions of audience members, and gain immense professional-level public relations experience with the guidance of CAIR-WA's Executive Director, and a PR consultant, who has 25+ years of professional PR experience.

You will work on the largest grassroots Muslim community media training and mobilizing project in the nation, designed to bring millions of fellow Americans to fully understand the lives, challenges, accomplishments and contributions of American Muslim women, men and children nationwide

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to fulfill the above-mentioned responsibilities
  • Possess strong logical reasoning skills
  • Submit a portfolio with a minimum three (3) works of no more than 1 page each, illustrating previous experience, skills, interest, and perspective
  • Demonstrated ability to craft strategic, compelling messaging for target audiences
  • Ability to work under very strict time constraints
  • A strong interest in, and familiarity with broadcast, online & print media, especially concerning stories and issues related to Islam and Muslims. (See: www.cairseattle.org/SeattleTimes)
  • A 1-year minimum commitment is required for this particular position

GRAPHIC DESIGN

This is a great opportunity for aspiring graphic designers to utilize their skills, add an extensive amount of work to their portfolio, and have their work distributed among hundreds to thousands of people.
The Graphic Design Intern will draft web and print graphics including: event posters, large banners, event programs, web graphic, annual report, etc. using CAIR branding and pre-designed event themes. The intern will also maintain procedure logs to document CAIR-WA's procedures and protocols.

By drafting and editing publication materials at CAIR, the Graphic Design Intern will play a valuable role in creatively marketing CAIR's programs and services to the Muslim community and educational tools to the non-Muslim community in the Seattle area and greater Washington State.

Literature will be distributed among attendees at special events or in community and posters and banners will be prominently displayed. Some materials will also be featured on our website (such as our Annual Report, Civil Rights Report, and more - see www.cairseattle.org).

Requirements:

  • A portfolio of past work showing taste, creativity and professionalism
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Experience in use of professional graphic design software, and access to these programs while interning at CAIR (intern will need to bring in his or her own computer with appropriate software to use in the office)
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team and under strict time constraints
  • Detail-orientation and excellent organizational skills
  • A very positive attitude
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including proof-reading and copy-editing skills
  • Professional demeanor

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

As an Executive Assistant intern at CAIR-WA, you will play a valuable role in making our office run efficiently, looking professional, and assisting our staff and interns to maximize their ability to serve our communities.

This position is ideal for a high school or college student or professional looking to gain valuable experience in working in a professional office setting, while getting in-depth, hands-on experience in all facets of CAIR-WA's work in defending civil rights, fighting bigotry, empowering American Muslims, and promoting accurate, representative media portrayals of Islam and Muslims. No previous experience is required for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Present a professional, welcoming first contact to all visitors, including many civil rights clients, to our office
  • Confidently answer, transfer and manage phone calls, and take and deliver messages
  • Maintain a clean and organized office
  • Assist office staff and interns with tasks including donation processing, online and social media postings, event planning, and other tasks as needed

Requirements:

  • Confident, professional demeanor
  • Assertive, 'can-do' attitude
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Able to find solutions to achieve results with little supervision under tight deadlines
  • Internal sense of urgency and initiative that promotes focus, creative thinking and solutions
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to details

EVENT PLANNING

While working at CAIR-WA, the Event Planning Intern will play a valuable role in planning and managing all logistical aspects of event planning for our annual awards banquet and for full-day youth events to help local American Muslim youth enter careers in media and politics.

Tasks include, but are not limited to: setting numerous appointments with executives via e-mail and phone, maintaining a detailed pre-event registration system, compiling detailed event attendee information, track planning committee members' work to ensure completion, track inventory of all supplies needed for events, vetting and confirming experts to prepare students in these areas; preparing and printing of all event literature; and preparing and disseminating all event marketing.

This position is ideal for a student or professional looking to gain valuable experience in event planning, while learning more about CAIR-WA's work in defending civil rights, fighting bigotry, empowering American Muslims, and promoting accurate, representative media portrayals of Islam and Muslims.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in successful event planning and problem solving
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing many competing priorities under strict timelines
  • Exceptional organizational skills and meticulous attention to details
  • A very positive attitude
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Very proficient in MS Word and Excel
  • Internal sense of urgency and initiative that promotes focus, creative thinking and solutions
  • Strong verbal and written business communication as well as proofreading and editing skills

DONOR RELATIONS

This position is ideal for a student or professional looking to gain valuable experience in working in a professional office setting, while learning more about CAIR-WA's work in defending civil rights, fighting bigotry, empowering American Muslims, and promoting accurate, representative media portrayals of Islam and Muslims. No previous experience is required for this position.

CAIR-WA is a 501c3 non-profit Muslim civil rights organization funded almost fully by local individuals who live in the state of Washington, and their employers' matching funds. The Donor Relations Volunteer helps maximize fulfillment of pledges by local donors and ensure matching of their donation by their employers.

Tasks include:

  • Enter pledges and donations received into online Donor Perfect® database
  • Call donors to fulfill pledges and obtain employer information
  • Track and ensure employer matching
  • General office tasks as needed

Basic orientation and a detailed procedure manual are provided to quickly acquaint the volunteer with task procedures. The Donor Relations Volunteer reports to the Office Manager.

Requirements:

  • Very strong, confident phone communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Internal sense of urgency and initiative that promotes focus, creative thinking and solutions
  • Exceptional organizational skills and meticulous attention to details

CIVIL RIGHTS CASE INTAKE

Our Civil Rights Department handles hundreds of cases each year that range from prejudiced gestures to full blown discrimination against Muslim clients as well as non-Muslims who have been perceived to be Muslim. Casework includes conducting intake interviews, ongoing communication with clients and offending parties, writing advocacy letters, attorney referrals, researching relevant legislation, and database entry. The department also presents "Know-Your-Rights" trainings for local Muslims.

While working with CAIR-WA, the Civil Rights Intern will gain interviewing, investigative, and writing skills from work with diverse clientele to document civil rights abuses. S/he will oversee civil rights cases, as well as assist in documenting and reporting data and educating the community about CAIR's work. In addition, s/he will have access to a number of community events and trainings (depending on scheduling) pertaining to broader civil rights work in Washington State. S/he may be asked to perform other tasks as needed.

Requirements:

  • Comfortable with conducting interviews and asking probing questions over the phone
  • Good judgment and discretion
  • Flexibility with diverse tasks and varying schedules
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • A very positive attitude
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Detail-orientation and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work across cultural boundaries with respect, patience and understanding

Meet Our Interns!

Meet CAIR-WA Interns

Meet our current and former interns by clicking here

Internship Location

Our physical office (different from our mailing address) is conveniently located near downtown Seattle just two blocks from Metro's International District Tunnel Station. Any bus that goes to downtown Seattle from across the Puget Sound region can drop you within 2 blocks of our office.

Testimonial from Former Government Affairs Intern

I learned a lot about Islam, American Muslims, rules around political activities for 501c3 vs. 501c4 non-profits, civil rights and the electoral process. By reading the book, “Fear, Inc.,” I learned how attacks on Muslims happen, how hate-mongers can make outlandish anti-Muslim comments and that people still take them seriously, and how of much of an effect it has on American Muslims’ lives. I was challenged by having to come up with ideas for political action. Applying things I’ve learned at the Evans School, like program evaluation and figuring out what needs to be changed.” - Former Government Affairs Intern

Former Graphic Design Intern Testimonial

I learned how to work with printing shops to ensure design work prints correctly, how to manage multiple design projects and how to prioritize projects. It was a challenge trying to do the best quality work that I can in the shortest amount of time that I can. I was surprised by how much design work I have done [during the internship] and have added to my portfolio.” - Former Graphic Design Intern

Former Event Planning Intern Testimonial

I learned how to communicate with high-level professionals at law firms and at the governor’s office, and how to get in contact with high level executives with busy schedules. I was surprised at how much responsibility I was given to me. It was a good surprise. I didn’t realize in the beginning how large of a role I would play in the MYLP planning process. I now have a better understanding of logistics and communication, looking after larger amounts of people and knowing how much work facilitating large discussion sessions can be.” – Former Event Planning Intern