MCAD Internships - Boston

Apply for a full-time or part-time Internship at the MCAD Boston Office for the 2018-2019 academic semesters. All internships at the MCAD are unpaid.

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MCAD Boston Headquarters

Administrative

Administrative Support Intern

Administrative Interns will proactively assist in office management and organizational administrative procedures. Candidate must be an organized individual to do file management and maintenance.

Qualifications for Administrative Internships

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Superb customer service and professionalism at all times
  • Attention to detail; and
  • Ability to multi-task and perform under time pressure

Hours: min. 15 hr/wk Fall/Spring; 40 hr/wk in Summer

Communications

Communications Intern

Communication Interns will work with the Assistant to the Commissioners to promote the MCAD, including drafting press releases, internal and external reports, social media content, as well as assist with the development of new communications projects. Interns will also assist with the evaluation of the April 2018 Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference and production of new multimedia campaigns geared towards educating the public about the work of the MCAD.

Duties: The intern will draft press releases, internal & external reports, social media content, and assist with the production of online video content geared towards educating the public on the work of the MCAD.

Preferred Qualifications: Interest in pursuing a career in communications, marketing, civil rights / social justice, advocacy, design

Hours: Min. 15 hr/wk in Fall/Spring/Summer 

General Counsel's Office

General Counsel Intern

Interns assist with evaluating legal strategy, preparing discovery requests and responses, interviewing witnesses, conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, and hearings and court proceedings. The internship is for law students who have completed at least two years of law school or law school graduates. 

Responsibilities/Major Duties: Interns will be in charge of supporting the work of the Boston Legal Department through the responsibilities described above.

Qualifications: Law student – 2L or 3L

Preferred Qualifications: Interest in pursuing a career in civil rights/public interest law, working at the MCAD

Hours: Summer only - 40 hr/wk

Investigations - Employment Law

Intake Intern

Mainly tasked with interviewing walk-in pro se litigants alleging discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing, and drafting the legal complaint. Based on the individual’s proven skill sets and interests, other duties that may be assigned.

Intake Responsibilities/Major Duties:

  • Conduct intake in person or by telephone
  • Perform other administrative tasks based on the Commission’s needs including scanning and indexing of investigative documents
  • Though the main job function is performing intake, based on the individual's proven skill sets and interests, one may be given additional duties such as participating in investigations. Interns may interview witnesses, issue interrogatories, and review evidence under an investigator’s supervision.

Hours: min. 15 hr/wk Fall/Spring, 40 hr/wk in Summer

Investigative Conference Coordinator (ICC) Intern

Within the MCAD’s Investigations Unit and primarily assists and supports the 12-14 Investigators in the Boston office in regards to investigative conferences by scheduling investigative conferences, providing parties general information about conferences, scanning, and indexing related documents, updating the Case Management System, and processing mail-in complaints.

ICC Responsibilities/Major Duties

  • Contacting parties regarding upcoming conferences
  • Drafting and issuing cancellation/rescheduling letters
  • Providing general information about conferences
  • Logging information into our case management system regarding conferences
  • Any other duties based on the Commission’s needs as well as the individual’s skill sets.
  • A successful candidate would have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong attention to detail.

Qualifications for all Employment Investigations Internships

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Superb customer service and professionalism at all times
  • Attention to detail; and
  • Ability to multi-task and perform under time pressure

Hours: min. 15 hr/wk Fall/Spring, 40 hr/wk in Summer 

Investigations - Housing Law

    Intake Intern

    Interns will coordinate the investigative process, including drafting correspondence, serving complaints, reviewing and summarizing investigative records from other municipal and state agencies, and scheduling investigative conferences and mediations. Responsibilities will include: assisting housing compliance officers and supervisors with conducting interviews, preparing document requests and keeping records of investigative progress pursuant to MCAD’s HUD grant. Requires strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.

    Testing Intern

    Interns will work directly with the Housing Director to draft, coordinate and conduct fair housing testing in suspected cases of housing discrimination.  Intern will review online apartment listings for discriminatory advertisements, and also assist in drafting Commission-initiated Complaints. Requires excellent writing, organizational and analytical skills.

    Special Projects Intern

    Projects Interns working directly with the housing supervisor and Director, will assist with monthly and quarterly reports, conduct legal research and respond to phone calls from constituents. Position requires excellent interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills.

    Qualifications for all Housing Investigations Internships

    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Superb customer service and professionalism at all times
    • Attention to detail; and
    • Ability to multi-task and perform under time pressure

        Preferred Qualifications

        • Interest in pursuing a career in housing services, legal studies, law enforcement, civil rights, employment or anti-discrimination law.
        • Bilingual (Fluent Spanish, Creole, Portuguese speakers) applicants highly encouraged to apply.

        Hours: min. 15 hr/wk Fall/Spring, 40 hr/wk in Summer

        Investigations - Legal Team

        Legal Team Intern

        Interns work alongside Investigations Unit staff, conducting investigations for complaints of discrimination in employment and public accommodations. Responsibilities include intake, drafting complaints, marshaling and analyzing evidence, preparing interrogatories and interviewing parties and/or witnesses, managing cases, and drafting recommendations of findings pursuant to the MCAD’s empowering statute (G.L. 151B) and relevant precedent.

        Responsibilities/Major Duties Interns will be in charge of supporting the work of the Boston Investigation Department through the responsibilities described above.

        Preferred Qualifications: Interest in pursuing a career in civil rights/ public interest law, working at the MCAD, law students.

        Hours: Summer Only - 40 hr/wk 

        Training

        Training Intern

        Interns will proactively work to eliminate discrimination in the Commonwealth by supporting the Training Unit in executing 90 min. “Know Your Civil Rights” trainings for communities throughout the Commonwealth.  Interns will conduct and coordinate trainings, maintain compliance data and reporting, and communicate with constituents. This role will require some travel; however, interns do not need to have access to a car. In addition, interns in this track will be able to sit-in on all external trainings and internal trainings at the Commission.

        Responsibilities/Major Duties: The intern will be in charge of reaching out to constituents throughout the Commonwealth to schedule “Know Your Rights” trainings as well as conduct them later in the semester.

        Preferred Qualifications: Interest in pursuing a career in education/teaching, training, diversity and inclusivity, or HR

        Hours: min. 15 hr/wk Fall/Spring, 40 hr/wk in Summer

        How to Apply

        To apply for any of these positions, please complete the online application form and submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample.

        If you have any questions, please contact the MCAD Training Unit.

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        Additional Resources

        Contact

        Phone

        Jeremy Scheiner, Director of Training (617) 994-6005

        Address

        MCAD Internship Coordinator
        1 Ashburton Place
        Suite 601
        Boston, MA 02108
        Date published: July 19, 2018

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