Internship & Externship with CAIR-Texas

Internship & Exeternship Application

The Internship and Externship Program at CAIR-Texas offers students a great opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a friendly and diverse environment. Our program is career-oriented and based in grassroots activism.

The internship and externship program at CAIR-Texas is continuously expanding its university and college partnerships with local, state, regional and national institutions.

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Available Internships:

  1. Journalism (See Job Description Below)
  2. Social Media Marketing + Growth (See Job Description Below)
  3. Videography + Photography (See Job Description Below)
  4. Graphic Design (See Job Description Below)
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WHY JOIN CAIR-Texas?

Opportunities are available throughout the year for all students to apply—full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate, all majors, and even high school students. Interns can earn academic credit or community service hours, or simply enrich their experience and insight to advocacy and civil rights efforts.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

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A complete application consists of the following documents submitted by email:

1. Application Form, signed and dated with all spaces filled with the most updated information and truthful responses, and submitted through email only;

2. Cover Letter that specifies the position you’re applying and session (i.e., Winter-Spring, Summer, or Fall) you’re applying for, as well as your interests and qualifications;

3. Resumé that lists your most relevant and updated profile and contact information; and

4. Samples When Applicable (Department/Division administrators may require to submit at least one of the following samples)

  • Writing Sample, [Civil Rights] a drafted legal document or essay that reflects civil rights and advocacy as it pertains to CAIR-Texas’s scope (max. 15 pages). [All other departments] an original work (2-3 pages) not submitted for academic course work that reflects CAIR-Texas's scope as it pertains to the applied position; OR

o Portfolio When Applicable, [Communications or Operations] a display of completed works displaying skills, interests and perspective that also reflects CAIR-Texas's scope as it pertains to the applied position.

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ACADEMIC CREDIT & COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

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.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

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If you are selected as an interview candidate, contact the department/division administrator for the position you are applying for.

TIMELINE & MINIMUM EXPECTATIONS

Winter-Spring: January – May Summer: May – September Fall: September – December

SELECTION PROCESS

There is a specified time period to submit applications for each session, with the last date set as the official deadline. Since posts are filled as soon as candidates are selected and they choose to accept the internship or externship, it is strongly recommended to submit applications as soon as possible.

Applicants should be contacted within five (5) business days of sending their complete applications. If an applicant is identified as a viable candidate for the program, an interview is scheduled. Candidates may be asked for additional documents to compliment their applications prior to their interview.

CAIR-Texas CN should notify the candidate of its decision within two (2) business weeks of the interview. Candidates must respond whether they accept or reject to join the program within one (1) business week. Each department/division accepts a minimum of four team members each session.

SCHEDULE REQUIREMENT

Based on the level of formal education, CAIR-Texas CN has established a minimum hourly and weekly schedule requirement for individuals accepted into the program.

Undergraduate/Graduate: Individuals who have attained at least a high school diploma or G.E.D. will be required to complete at least 12 weeks with a minimum of 12 hours per week.

High School: Students in grades 9-12 will be required to complete at least eight (8) weeks with a minimum of 10 hours per week.

ORIENTATION & TRAINING REQUIREMENT

It is required for each intern, extern, and fellow to attend the mandatory orientation and departmental training sessions. Failure to fulfill this requirement will void the internship opportunity.

COMPLETION

Upon completing a minimum of 12 weeks in the internship or externship program, each of the program’s alumni must complete an exit interview with their supervisors for a final evaluation of their performance. They will also be given the opportunity to share feedback of their experience, and share suggestions to improve the program. Alumni who completed their internships and externships with high regards may be invited to return for future sessions, given their availability and the organization’s needs.

Available Internships with CAIR-Texas Austin & DFW

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION

social media g5491624a7 1920Our Communications Department is the face and voice of the CAIR-Texas Austin & DFW (CAIR-TX) chapter, connecting the work done in the office to the greater local, national, and international community. This department holds press conferences; issues press releases and newsletters to thousands of media outlets and local leaders; maintains CAIR-TX’s website; updates, grows, and organizes initiatives across social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat; creates official documentaries and publications; contributes journalistic articles regularly; and produces video content for cases and news stories.

Interns work closely with the Executive Director and Outreach & Development Coordinator in creating content and executing media strategies for CAIR-TX. Positions are open to undergraduates and graduates as well as those who possess relevant skills and maintain high levels of self-motivation.

 1. Journalism

  • Writing original articles covering local, national, and international breaking news, protests, and issues that are relevant to human rights, civil liberties, social justice and activism, Islamophobia, the Middle East, domestic politics, hyper-policing and surveillance, religion, and other relevant issues.

2. Social Media Marketing + Growth

  • Creating and implementing a social media strategy for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

  • Creating and managing websites for various organizational projects (e.g., anti-hate campaigns, educational initiatives, blogs, etc.)

  • Developing long-term research projects assisting with the development of qualitative and quantitative reports and analyses of the mainstream news media coverage and popular culture representations of Islam and Muslims

3. Videography + Photography

  • Creating and editing regular video stories and photography projects for website, media, and social media

  • Documenting CAIR-Chicago’s activities, events, and relevant organizational processes through photography and videography

4. Graphic Design

  • Designing flyers and other relevant graphics for newsletters, articles, memes, social media, and website use

    5. Audio Production + Sound Design

  • Creating and editing podcasts with a team of interns exploring the city and interesting hot button issues that engages listeners

  • Managing sound on video productions and in-house interviews

Qualifications: 

  • Photography, videography, and/or graphic design experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Understanding of the principles of journalism and research

  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team and under strict time constraints

  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented

  • Experience with web design and relevant skills (Wordpress, HTML, CSS, etc.) is strongly preferred

  • Experience with graphic design and relevant software (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc) is strongly preferred

  • Experience with photography and experience using DSLR cameras and relevant software (Photoshop, etc) is strongly preferred

  • Experience with audio and video production and relevant software (Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Adobe Premiere, etc.) is strongly preferred

To apply, please send a completed application, cover letter, writing sample(s), and portfolio with a minimum of three (3) works illustrating previous photography, videography, and/or graphic design skills to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.