CAIR-DFW Chapter, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is currently offering new internship opportunities. CAIR is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization. The organization'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. Internships at CAIR-DFW Chapter offer students and activists a great opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a friendly and diverse environment.

About CAIR-DFW Internship 

  • All internships are unpaid, last one semester, and include a minimum of 10-hour/week commitment. 
  • To apply, fill out online internship application form (Click Here) 
  • Applications are due by May 2.  
  • Internship start the 3rd Monday in May and end the last Friday in August. 
  • Students interested in receiving class credit, should indicate so in their cover letters. Credit will be arranged during the first week of the academic semester. 

 Civil Rights Department- Law Clerk-ships 

Civil Rights Department handles cases that range from prejudiced gestures to full blown discrimination. Our clients are Muslims as well as non-Muslims who have had Islam imputed upon them.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist in documenting incidents of religious discrimination by counseling and interviewing complainants regarding their incidents
  • Research laws and policies on employment, student conduct, and immigration procedures, as well as criminal offenses and other areas as seen fit.
  • Assist in reviewing and organizing past cases and updating internal databases.   

Financial Management Clerk-ships 

One of the most critical elements of operating a non-profit is to have accurate, comprehensive and well-organized financials and accounting processes in place. Interns will work on the following tasks categories:

  • Data entry
  • Reporting
  • Budgeting
  • Categorization
  • Reconciliation

Candidates for this position must either be currently enrolled as junior/senior/graduate level college accounting or business majors or must have some relevant work experience to be a candidate as a volunteer position.

Community Development Department 

The Community Development Department organizes events and and programs that benefit specific populations within the Muslim community including youth, professionals, and refugees. 

The projects below are just a sampling of what interns may work on:

Event Coordination - Working to plan and execute events related to the work of CAIR-DFW.

Research - Interns will work closely with Department Coordinator and Executive Director on collecting data related to the specific populations targeted by CAIR programs and services.  

Public Education - intern will work closely with the civil rights department to organize various events throughout the state which assist in educating Muslims in areas relevant to CAIR-DFW Chapter's scope of operations (i.e. legal, civil, and governmental seminars). 

Government Affairs Department  

Government Affairs Department seeks to educate, advocated, and mobilize DFW's Muslim community with long-term civic participation. Its educational initiatives help community members understand the political system and utilize it to work for their issues.  

Projects include voter registration drives, community workshops, "know your rights" educational campaigns, and training sessions at mosques and community centers on how to contact and engage local and national politicians. 

The department also systematically works to educate local political representatives about their Muslim constituents while ultimately engaging these representatives with the Muslim community's unique issues and concerns.