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2023 Fall Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internship

Job Type Part-Time  
Experience Level Entry  
Organization Type Gov't  
Pay Range $17/ hr  

Job Type



The Center for Science in the Public Interest offers a paid internship program for students in undergraduate, graduate, law and medical schools, and we also consider postgraduates. These paid internships offer structured work experiences and an opportunity to:

  • Gain substantial knowledge of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) best practices and operational strategies.
  • Participate in group meetings and strategy brainstorming sessions.
  • Obtain general research and communication skills by working closely with Director of DEI, Human Resources, and the Chief Operating Officer.
  • Meet with staff at all levels of the organization to discuss career roles and paths.
  • Assess your own interests and skills.

About CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, your food and health watchdog, is one of the nation’s leading public health advocacy organizations with a 50-year record of fighting for science in the public interest and working to improve the food environment for all. We’ve led efforts to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school foods, put calories on chain restaurant menus and menu boards, and remove sugary drinks from children’s menus. National policy successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act; Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; Food Safety Modernization Act; and Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.

About the Internship Opportunity  

As a DEI Intern, you will work to support the organization’s efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Your primary responsibilities will include assisting in planning learning sessions and workshops, supporting the quarterly DEI update, and maintaining the SharePoint site. This internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable skills in the field of DEI. As a DEI Intern, you will work closely with the DEI team and other stakeholders to ensure that the organization’s DEI efforts are effective and aligned with its mission and values

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in planning learning sessions for employees. The intern can research relevant topics, identify potential speakers, and help organize the logistics for the sessions.
  • Support the quarterly DEI update by gathering relevant data and information, analyzing the data, and helping to prepare the report.
  • Assist in maintaining a SharePoint site that includes resources, articles, and information related to DEI. The intern can help organize and update the site, ensure that it is user-friendly, and make recommendations for improving its content.
  • Monitor and review relevant DEI readings and articles that can bolster our internal and external programming.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. 
  • Excellent research and writing skills with the ability to read, analyze, interpret, and summarize DEI, Employee Engagement, and other thematic research. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage tasks appropriately to achieve project goals.
  • Interest in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 
  • Leadership, social justice, organizing, or community engagement experience is a plus.

What Else You Should Know 

CSPI pays interns $17.00 per hour. Our 10-week fall intern program is part-time (10 hours per week). The ideal start date is the end of August/early September 2023, but we will work with applicants if there’s a schedule conflict. The internship program is remote (must be in the US), with the opportunity to work from our DC office if desired.

CSPI requires all employees, including paid interns, to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are eligible, and the vaccine is available to them, as part of our efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees and visitors. Proof of vaccination status is required during the onboarding process

CSPI on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

CSPI is committed to including and valuing diverse voices and fostering a culture that ensures all staff feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to be their best selves. In that spirit, each of us is committed to putting in constant work to live up to our organization’s core values: 

  • We are inclusive. We seek to foster an environment where all staff feel a sense of belonging and are affirmed. We are not looking for everyone to think and look the same. We actively welcome and value staff with different experiences, backgrounds, attributes, abilities, and perspectives. 
  • We are open. We are honest and direct in how we communicate with each other in order to build trust and integrity within our organization. 
  • We are accountable. We acknowledge and assume responsibility for our actions. 
  • We are kind. We communicate and treat one another in a respectful, generous, considerate, and compassionate way. 
  • We are collaborative. We work together for the common good and shared success. 

To Apply 

Please utilize CSPI’s Paylocity Applicant Tracking System to apply for the Fall 2023, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internship. You must submit a cover letter, resume and two references. The application deadline is May 31, 2023.

CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills and encourages people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply. 

Salary Description

17.00 per hour

About Organization

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, DC, that focuses on nutrition and food safety. CSPI publishes Nutrition Action, one of the nation’s largest circulation health newsletter, and has led efforts that resulted in healthier diets, more-nutritious school foods, safer foods, and more honest food labeling. CSPI provides objective information to the public and represents citizens’ interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies. CSPI is supported largely by subscribers to Nutrition Action, individual donors, and foundation grants.