The Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) is a non-partisan, non-profit, educational and research organization dedicated to a free enterprise approach to economic justice through equal opportunities for direct capital ownership.
In its educational role, CESJ teaches a new paradigm of socio-economics called “the Just Third Way” for diagnosing and solving systemic problems at the community, regional, national and global levels, and economically empowering working people and citizens generally. CESJ’s research examines the impact of democratization of capital credit and capital ownership on the growth and culture of enterprises and economies. In its work as a “social action catalyst,” CESJ introduces innovative Capital Homesteading technologies and strategies to leaders and activists at the community, state, and national levels, to help them address more effectively the problems of poverty and development.
CESJ is seeking two candidates per session for its internship/fellowship program. Internships are designed for undergraduate-level students, and fellowships are designed for Master’s, Ph.D. and law students. This challenging internship/fellowship will teach participants a new approach to social change and can offer valuable experiences for candidates, including those interested in pursuing a career as an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) professional. The preferred intern/fellow candidate would be a law, business administration, marketing, communications, sociology, economics, or political science student. An interest in banking and finance is also a plus. Such a candidate should have a keen awareness of the impact of technological advances on the demand for labor.
Examples of Projects Involving 70% of Intern’s/Fellow’s Time
- Researching and evaluating the Just Third Way, binary economics, and CESJ’s proposed Capital Homestead Act as a new direction for economic and social policy
- Developing the specifications for an econometric model based on binary economic assumptions
- “Opening the door” for CESJ spokespersons to meet with selected policy-makers, bankers, economists, the media, and leaders in business, labor, religion and grassroots organizations
- Researching central banking history and policies of the Federal Reserve System (particularly its use of the discount mechanism as a key component of CESJ’s monetary proposals for democratizing access to productive credit)
- Arranging for CESJ spokespersons to speak before scholars and student organizations; setting up university-based Just Third Way study groups and CESJ chapters
- Producing a CESJ video or community access TV show
- Conducting interviews with scholars, policymakers, ESOP company CEOs and employee-owners
- Expanding CESJ’s presence on the Web, including through search engine optimization
- Planning and implementing a social media strategy to “generate buzz” on the Web about the Just Third Way and Capital Homesteading, particularly among an audience of ages 18-25
Examples of Other Work Involving 30% of Intern’s/Fellow’s Time
- Reading the literature on the Just Third Way and developing questions and answers
- Building CESJ’s Quotable Quotes collection
- Building CESJ’s research database
- Building CESJ’s membership program
- Assisting in the writing and publication of CESJ’s e-newsletter
- Critiquing and improving CESJ’s internship and fellowship programs
- Scanning and cataloging the CESJ library
Skills the Candidate Should Possess
- Strong research and writing skills (law review experience would be ideal)
- Public relations skills (organizing press conferences, interviews for CESJ spokespersons)
- Leadership skills (the ability to attract and organize other students)
- Assignments may include writing summaries, briefs, reports, press releases, and articles. In addition, certain assigned tasks will involve compiling, systematizing and cataloging information. The candidate will also be responsible for interacting with the public and responding to requests for information about CESJ
- Familiarity with Macintosh and/or Windows and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point, as well as Mac-based database and page layout programs. Knowledge of WordPress and social media is a plus
Fifteen-Week Semesters (15-35 hours per week)
- September through December (Deadline for submitting application: July 1st)
- February through mid-May (Deadline for submitting application: December 1st)
Ten-Week Summer Term (15-35 hours per week)
- June through mid-August (Deadline for submitting application: April 1st)
CESJ is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. This internship/fellowship is also volunteer. CESJ, however, will cover any local travel expenses incurred by the intern and meals will be provided. Room and board are the responsibility of the intern/fellow, and it is preferred that the intern/fellow have his or her own means of transportation.
For more information about the CESJ Internship/Fellowship Program, please email our internship and fellowship director
Dawn Brohawn, Director, CESJ Internship & Fellowship Program
The Center for Economic and Social Justice
P.O. Box 40711 • Washington, D.C. 20016
To apply, please complete and email the Internship/Fellowship Application (attach a writing sample, letters of recommendation, and college transcript).