Diane Bernstein Fellowship in Child and Youth Advocacy

We are seeking fellows who are interested in gaining real world experience conducting original research, data and policy analysis, supporting our collective advocacy coalitions.

Dupont Circle, Washington, DC: Hybrid 2-days per week in person

Part-time: 20 hours per week 


At DC Action, we know the District’s young people can accomplish anything when they have a fair chance.

And we also know how much stands in their way — particularly our young people most affected by poverty and racism. These are powerful injustices, and they must be met with an equally powerful response.

We’re uniting all those fighting on behalf of DC’s children and youth to pursue a single, shared vision for what it looks like to grow up in our city. Because, while childhood exists on a continuum from birth to adulthood, the systems, programs and organizations designed to support our children and youth are too often fragmented by age.

Together with our young people, parents and community partners, we’re advocating with one voice for public policies that support kids at every step from early childhood to early adulthood. We are stronger, louder and more effective together. And, whether we are focused on helping a toddler learn her letters or a young man pursue his professional passion, we share one goal: that all of DC’s children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.

Please visit Our Policy Priorities to learn more about our work, values and impact.

The Fellowship

DC Action is committed to supporting the next generation of young people who wish to address structural racism through public interest advocacy. That is why we are proud to offer a paid fellowship that provides hands-on experiential learning opportunities for rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students, who are interested in the intersection of racial justice and public policy with a focus on children and youth.

We are seeking fellows who are interested in gaining real world experience conducting original research, data and policy analysis, supporting our collective advocacy coalitions.


  • State-level, public policy advocacy which aims to close racial gaps in education, health and economic security for children, youth, and their families
  • Managing a project from start to finish 
  • Leadership development under the direct supervision of an experienced DC Action leader
  • Working with highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Conducting original research, policy analysis, and facilitating collective action advocacy.  


  • Work with a DC Action team to help execute their work plan toward broader organizational and advocacy goals. Assignments might include: contributing to information gathering, research, and analysis in relation to child well-being; writing data snapshots, talking points, fact sheets, policy briefs, and communications materials, including social media content.
  • Assist in conducting research in response to requests from lawmakers, such the Mayor and/or members of the DC Council and their staff, and agency directors.
  • Assist in the preparation and execution of strategic events, including internal and external workshops and meetings, related to DC Action’s public policy and advocacy priorities.
  • Attend both internal and external meetings and events and assist where needed.


  • Thrives in working in a small, fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization committed to the well-being of children and youth
  • Strong desire for economic, racial, and social justice 
  • Values and contributes to a culture of diversity and inclusion
  • Is a current student, recent undergraduate or graduate student, or older adult looking for an encore career in public policy
  • Has demonstrated interest, experience, or academic training in one or more of the following areas: public policy, education, youth development
  • Is a quick learner, able to multitask, switch gears easily, and able to prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Has excellent project management and organizational skills, creativity, flexibility, and self-motivation; able to work both independently and part of a team
  • Displays a positive, can-do attitude and good judgment
  • Is proficient with Google Workspace
  • For research fellowships: Has strong research, writing, and analytical skills, particularly in one or more of the following areas: 
    • experience with data visualization software like Tableau, MSBI, RShiny, etc.
    • proficient with R programming language
    • experience accessing and analyzing ACS Census data


DC Action is currently recruiting for the summer fellowship to begin in June and the annual fellowship to begin in September 2024. All fellows receive a stipend of $3,000 per summer/semester.

Summer fellowship: June 1 – August 30, 2024

Summer fellowship application deadline: May 15, 2024; or until filled

Annual fellowship: September 1, 2024 – April 30, 2025

Annual fellowship application deadline: June 15, 2024; or until filled

Please note, applicants who are not accepted for the summer may be considered for the Annual fellowship. 

Click here to complete the application.