Center for Civic Innovation (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship)

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with the IOP, and the Secondary Affiliation is with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship​. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by the IOP.

Please note the IOP's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline: 

  • Writing Sample


Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).


WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

INDUSTRY: Think Tank / Research / Policy

ABOUT US: The Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan, grassroots organization led by a diverse group of people who stubbornly and unapologetically love Atlanta. We are a community of good troublemakers fighting to solve inequality in Atlanta and focused on elevating solutions that address the needs and reflect the voices of all people who call our city home.

We have two major focus areas: We use data and research to inform and engage the public, support and invest in the work of homegrown leaders, and advocate for short and long-term policy change.

Research & Advocacy We conduct and publish research on barriers to civic engagement and social innovation in Atlanta. We are focused on (1) civic engagement, (2) neighborhood representation and power, (3) civic entrepreneurship and leadership, and (4) public finance and philanthropy. We host events and programs that inform and inspire local residents on these topics that also contextualize our research. We use that information to advocate for short and long-term policy changes that will increase civic participation and innovation.

Investment & Community We also uplift and support the existing work of local organizations and leaders who are expanding opportunities and access to services for communities in Atlanta. We host trainings and workshops, provide early-stage capital for testing and scale, and create opportunities for leaders to learn from and with one another. We amplify the work of these civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and movement builders to increase investment and adoption of locally designed solutions.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Depending on their placement, interns have the opportunity to work in data, research, and policy; program development with our Fellowship program; or event planning and digital program design with our Programs team. We encourage students from all academic backgrounds and skillsets to apply. To be placed in a data or research position, we prefer that students have a background or experience in data analysis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: All of CCI staff are working remotely currently. The intern will join a cohort of fellow CCI interns for the summer and have the opportunity to engage with CCI staff throughout the summer through targeted programming and one-on-one meetings. There may more social opportunities to gather in person, so if the intern is able to work from Atlanta, the summer will prove to be a richer experience.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Web Camera, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

2021 Intern Reflection

At the Center for Civic Innovation, I have worked as a Research and Programs intern for the Neighborhood Planning Unit Initiative. As soon as I joined the team I was asked to meaningfully contribute to the work of the project through research, data analysis, and writing. In addition to using these skills, I have learned more about how to conduct stakeholder outreach and interviews, organize projects, and develop policy recommendations. Every day I am asked to do, or learn, something new which has made the internship both incredibly exciting and valuable. The best part of this internship has been the mission driven culture of CCI. In daily meetings, email updates, and slack messages, the CCI staff’s commitment to improving equality and elevating voices is readily apparent. In all the work I have done so far this summer, I have felt that I am contributing to a project and organization that values progress and justice. I have definitely enjoyed my summer so far and am looking forward to doing and learning more in the next few weeks.

-Owen Bernstein

2020 Intern Reflection

Working at CCI this summer has been a tremendous learning experience for me and not only, pushed me to grow as a professional, but also as an independent and critical thinker. At CCI, interns are treated like we are part of the full-time staff and our contributions are treated with the same respect and importance. The work I am engaging in this summer has the potential to shape the future of philanthropy in Atlanta and our nation and it has been so exciting to work alongside CCI’s eccentric staff.

As a project management intern, I worked on a project surrounding the inequity in non-profit funding in Atlanta, which will culminate in a report and call to action for Atlanta’s philanthropic foundations. Additionally, I helped coordinate and provide support for CCI’s fellows in preparation for their Investor Day pitches. Through CCI, I had the opportunity to learn from and speak to many civic entrepreneurs as well as impact investors and gained vital knowledge about corporate responsibility and non-profit funding.

-Marissa Joseph '23

2019 Intern Reflection:

The Center for Civic Innovation is a non-profit located in South Downtown, Atlanta whose mission is to empower individuals to shape the future of Atlanta by designing innovative solutions to pressing social problems from the bottom up. The Center offers incubator and accelerator services through its fellowship programs for outcome driven social enterprises and non-profits. It also runs programming to encourage civic engagement, and it recently launched a research initiative that aims to comprehensively evaluate Atlanta's current infrastructure for local engagement.

As an intern, I worked closely with the programs and entrepreneurship teams to communicate the work we do at the non-profit out to the public, which included writing blog posts, newsletters, and social media campaigns. I also helped coordinate events for the fellows such as investor day, exit interviews, and office hours. In addition, during my 10 weeks, I worked on a long-term research project to assemble case files on all of CCI's past residents and fellows. The work was fast-paced and eye-opening. Because CCI is a younger start-up, I was able to get involved with many different aspects of the non-profit's work. There were several opportunities to sit-in on exciting meetings with the executive director, partners, and investors. The team and fellows were some of the most inspiring and passionate people I've met.

- Ruth Zheng '21

Atlanta, GA