Intern with Community Building Program

Internship Opportunity:

OC Human Relations provides programs to foster mutual understanding and respect among residents in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business. We strive to create a future where our county’s diversity is realized as a source of our strength and build bridges of understanding to make our community a place where all people are valued and included.

The objective of this internship opportunity is to further the agency’s mission of encouraging dialogue, promoting, and empowering community coalitions in the county. Though the size of our task is large, our resources are limited thus we rely heavily on interns to help make our goals a reality. If you are interested in this opportunity, we welcome your interest and participation.

The internship program provides a means to complement academic work with practical experience through professional development and departmental support that identifies skills, develops leadership, and addresses critical community needs. The goal of the program is to empower the interns in hopes to further their career goals.

Internships are available during Spring, Summer, and Fall terms. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round until all positions are filled. All positions are unpaid. Interns are expected to work at least 10 hours a week during Spring and Fall terms, and 20 hours a week during the Summer term. Additionally, interns must be ready to work weekends and evenings, as needed.

This is an unpaid internship. Interns can receive college credit, if needed. However, it is the responsibility of the intern to file all necessary paperwork to receive credit. Interns are responsible for their own travel, living (housing & food), and transportation arrangements.

Fall 2019
Begins August 20, 2019, ends December 20, 2019
This is a 10-week program with a 10-hour per week requirement.


  1. Candidates must be higher education students pursuing a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree. Exceptions may be made for highly qualified applicants.
  2. Enthusiasm, interest, and familiarity with OCHR’s work.
  3. Ability to work with diverse individuals/cultures in a diplomatic and non-biased manner. It is important to be able to deal respectfully with sensitive issues involving divergent viewpoints.
  4. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and internet research.
  6. Ability to convey information in a professional and diplomatic manner.
  7. Good organizational skills and attention to detail is crucial.
  8. Bilingual skills are a definite asset.

Interns will receive basic training in all aspects of OCHR’s work, but will be assigned a focus project in one of the following areas:

  1. Hate Crimes
    To create community awareness, increase collaboration for community and police response, and assist primary and secondary victims of hate.
  2. Police Community Relations
    To improve the relationship between communities and law enforcement.
  3. Community Dialogues
    To create a safe environment for people to dialogue an develop action steps to make community connections and engage in civic activities.
  4. IamOC
    Conducting and transcribing interviews with diverse Orange County residents for our #IamOC project
  5. Cultural Competency Development
    To create awareness of diversity issue and develop intercultural understanding for groups and institutions.
  6. Community Building Initiatives
    To increase cohesion and mobilize the community’s commitments, resources, and skills to build healthy communities.
  7. Community Leadership Development
    To provide grassroots leadership training and recognize outstanding human relations contributions.
  8. General Professional Skills
    Organizing Team Resource Materials – assisting team with compiling, organizing and categorizing training and resource materials.

How to Apply:

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