Center for Civic Innovation (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Interest Careers)

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 CPIC. 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.


The Center for Civic Innovation is a community-driven research and development lab for local governments, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs. Our mission is to push Atlanta to be a smart, equitable, and engaged city by investing in community-driven ideas, supporting social enterprises, and engaging people in dialogue and action.

Since we opened our doors in 2014, we have held over 100 programs and workshops with over 1,500 entrepreneurs, and we have helped facilitate over $100,000 in early stage investments. The Center for Civic Innovation also houses 25 social ventures, supports over 50 individual social entrepreneurs, and engages and strengthens a community of 25,000+ people through events, programs, and conversations.

This internship takes place at CCI’s home base in South Downtown Atlanta for approximately 10 weeks. Interns are expected to work full time (40 hours/week) from 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday. While CCI Interns are assigned to one of the specific internship roles detailed below, all interns will engage in the following areas of CCI’s work:

  • Communications support: we produce content and information on a weekly basis to the public that covers relevant topics and events in the city. All CCI Interns will help curate reading lists, conduct interviews of community stakeholders and thought leaders, and generate digital and written content for our monthly programs at the Center.
  • Event support: the Center for Civic Innovation hosts a number of events every month that are open to the public and cover topics like Civics 101, gender, equity, transportation and more. All interns are expected to take part in some of these and provide on-site support for set up and breakdown.
  • Summer Fundraiser support:  Every year, the Center for Civic Innovation hosts an improv comedy show for our Summer Fundraiser. Interns will be involved in helping pull off the big event and will have the opportunity to meet some civic rockstars from across the city.

The Center for Civic Innovation is recruiting interns to support the following teams: Research & Policy, Community Programming, and Digital Marketing. Please note that finalists may be asked to submit a writing sample. In your application, please note which internship position you are interested in applying for.

Research and Policy Analysis Intern

Do you have strong feelings about SPLOSTs, tax abatement, and the EITC? Is your idea of relaxation a cozy evening spent catching up on Governing Magazine and Peach Pundit? Then the research and policy internship is for you! This intern will help us collect, analyze, and report on local data on a variety of topics relevant to our work.

A little bit about you:

  • Researcher with good understanding of data analysis, online and offline research
  • Studying something in the ballpark of public policy, administration, or planning
  • A working knowledge of local data sources like Neighborhood Nexus and American Community Survey
  • Familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS), statistical analysis, and data visualization

You’re interested in learning things like:

  • How the City of Atlanta engages with its citizens
  • How the citizens of Atlanta engage with their local government

What you’ll learn and do:

  • Assist with CCI’s Neighborhood Planning Unit project
  • Qualitative and quantitative research, data collection, and data analysis
  • Collaborate with community, governmental, and non-profit partners

Community Programming Intern

This intern will work with our Community Programming team, which is responsible for designing, managing, and evaluating our support programs for Atlanta-based civic entrepreneurs. Specifically, this team oversees our trainings, events, and fellowship programs that support community leaders creating social and economic impact. We hope you like juggling, because working with civic entrepreneurs can often be a circus! But it’s also some of the most rewarding work we do at CCI.

A little bit about you:

  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google productivity tools
  • Studying something in the ballpark of Business, Economics, Sociology, Public Policy or other related disciplines
  • Are a strong writer and communicator

You’re interested in learning things like:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Impact Investing
  • Design Thinking

What you’ll learn and do:

  • Acquire foundational knowledge and skills in incubating new ideas and turning them into action
  • Support the development and execution of programming to advance our growing network of entrepreneurs
  • Supporting the Fellowship & Enterprise team to prepare for the recruitment of the 2019-2020 class of Civic Fellows.

Digital Marketing Intern

Love using writing or design as tools for creative storytelling and placemaking? Do you tweet and #igdaily, and are looking for a way to use your social skills for good? You’re in luck – we are looking for a Digital Marketing Intern to join our team for the summer.

A little bit about you:

  • You have a working knowledge of the Adobe programs (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator for sure, but if you want to learn others, let’s talk about it)
  • You are studying something in the ballpark of graphic design, visual communication, marketing, or advertising

You’re interested in learning things like:

  • Illustration
  • Design trends
  • Digital Storytelling

What you’ll learn and do:

  • Different platforms and programs, from Squarespace to Mailchimp and Google Web Designer
  • Build skills in the Adobe programs you’ll be using in your career
  • Build experience creating and managing a robust social media content calendar
  • Collaboration and project management skills

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