Paid Affordable Housing/Community Development Intern – 25th Annual

Are you community-minded? Passionate about making a positive impact in peoples’ lives? Would you like to learn about the work of nonprofit organizations building and providing dignified affordable housing in underserved communities? If so, this opportunity may be the right fit for you. 

The California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) is proud to announce its 25th Annual Rural West Internship Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing and Community Development. The CCRH Internship Program is a one-year paid Internship designed to recruit, train, and retain housing development professionals who enhance inclusion and racial equity within the Affordable Housing Development field. Selected interns are placed with CCRH members and partner organizations in CA, OR, and WA state through the internship program. CCRH member and partner nonprofit organizations have responded to the need for affordable housing by building, maintaining, and rehabilitating affordable housing complexes in the rural West since the 1960s. 

For over 24 years, this Internship Program has bridged college students from historically underrepresented rural, farmworker, immigrant, Native American, and low-income communities to rewarding careers in the affordable housing and community development field. 

Interns learn the following leadership and technical skills that can help in their personal lives and prepare them to jumpstart a career in affordable housing: 

Assist with the financial applications and loan closings for housing developments; Coordinate meetings, activities, and operations related projects with property management, development, and resident services;

Oversee project transition from construction completion to lease-up and operations;

Review financial budget for project milestones and projections.

Interns further develop their leadership skills and on-the-ground experience with their host agency through the program’s mandatory supplemental activities, depending on how the current pandemic progresses activity sessions may take place in person or over Zoom:

Summer Training Sessions

Rural Housing Summit 

Mid-Winter Retreat

Final Session/Project Presentations 


Self-motivated and interested in a career that entails using technical, qualitative, and communication skills in working for social change. Committed to community development, affordable housing, or impacting low-income and diverse communities. Must be very responsible, detailed oriented, and able to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities.

Preference is given to those entering their last year of school -or- recent college graduates, have an interest in learning about housing development, and want to pursue a career in the nonprofit housing field. Students with a solid understanding of subjects like college-level math, and different calculations. Good college-level writing skills and good with Excel. Students who can demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of life of low-income and underserved communities. All majors are welcome to apply.

A positive attitude is a must. Historically underrepresented college students from rural, farmworker, Native American, immigrant, or low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The Internship Program begins in June 2022 and ends on May 31, 2023. Interns must commit to the following work schedule: full-time (40 hours a week) June – August 2022, part-time work (16 – 20 hrs. a week) during the academic year from September 2022 – May 2023 and be able to participate in a three-day in-person training at UC Davis and periodic online training between July – August 2022. Given the current pandemic, interns will engage in a hybrid model of remote and in-person day-to-day work at the host site. CCRH pays for all intern lodging and meals per CCRH guidelines.

PAY RATE: The pay rate is $16.00 per hour.  Apply today to get a head-start on your career as you learn and gain invaluable experience in Affordable Housing and Real Estate Development.  Download the applications from these links (general student application) (San Diego location application), or email to request one. Attached you will find two applications: one for the general student application is due on April 8th and another for the San Diego Location due February 25th. Don’t delay the review of the application requirements. ​

To learn more visit us here: 

CCRH Website

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CCRH Internship Program Facebook