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Expanding Horizons Internships Job Sites

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An Opportunity to Transform A Teenager's Life

One of the best things about this program is being able to give a young person a valuable experience that will enlighten and sharpen their future goals.
— Supervisor

I am more confident and motivated because Expanding Horizons Internships has shown me that you can achieve anything 
if you are determined.

— Intern

Join the growing list of companies and organizations that host CRF Interns!

The Experience of Hosting an Intern

When you sponsor an intern through CRF's Expanding Horizons Internships, you are opening the door for an enthusiastic, motivated, and hardworking low-income high school student. The interns bring a contagious energy to their work and job sites benefit from improved office morale and the opportunity to mentor youth.

  • Interns will work Monday – Friday for a total of 33 hours/week. See seminars and work days schedule.
  • Job sites also choose from two summer sessions: Group A (June 11 – July 8) and/or Group B (July 9 – August 7)
  • Job site supervisors determine intern tasks based on the needs of the workplace. Your intern will gladly help you organize your office, deliver the mail, file important documents, catch up with data entry, and complete any administrative tasks you need accomplished. See a sample work tasks.

For information on how our job sites employ their interns, read our sample work schedules or download our Job Site Supervisor Guide. To find out what our job sites have to say about their experiences with their interns, please view some of our recent intern evaluations. Click here to download FAQs and a  program flyer.

How Interns are Selected

Prospective interns submit extensive applications containing all of the information found on a resume, along with a one-page essay, and two letters of recommendation. CRF than interviews all applicants and prescreens based on general job readiness, career interests, and qualifications. Job sites interview 2-3 intern candidates per position and select the one they feel best meets their needs.

Sponsoring an Intern

If you cannot cannot fill-in the sponsorship agreement forms below in your browser, download and save them to your computer or device. Reopen the saved form with your PDF reader, complete the form, and email it to Lourdes Morales.

The sponsorship fee is $3,500 per intern, download the Sponsorship Agreement Form. Sponsors may also underwrite the cost for an intern to be placed at a non-profit job site designated by the sponsor or CRF. Special arrangements are made for non-profit organizations and government agencies unable to pay the sponsorship fee.

If you have any questions contact Lourdes Morales at or at (213) 316-2125. 

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 Expanding Horizons Internships


Since 1995, CRF's Expanding Horizons Internships (EHI) has provided high school students from the greater Los Angeles area the opportunity to participate in an innovative program which provides students with professional skill-building, community awareness, and college preperation, as well as a paid summer internship.

CRF is now accepting applications for the 2016 Expanding Horizons Internships Program!


What are the requirements?

Students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Neither parent has a college degree from a four-year institution
  • Be eligible for the Free/Reduced Meals Program at their school
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Be a high school junior or sophomore

Sophomores can only apply for the alternate position. Sophomores are given an exclusive opportunity to participate in all of EHI's seminars. As well as get a paid summer internship, if one becomes available. However, CRF does not guaranteed that alternates will be place at internships.

How do I apply?

Follow the four steps below. Deadline is January 22, 2016.

Step 1: Complete Application Part I - Must be submitted online.

Step 2: Complete Application Part II - Mailed along with required documentation to address below.

Step 3: Parent/Legal Guardian Agreement Form - Signed by parent/legal guardian and mailed to address below.

CRF/Expanding Horizons Internships
601 S. Kingsley Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Step 4: Check the email you provided on your application on a regular basis. You will receive a confirmation and additional information.

The 2016 Expanding Horizons Internships Program dates are the following:

Group A dates*:
Seminars - March 21 to July 15
Paid Internships - June 16 to July 13 (total of 134 hours)

Group B dates*:
Seminars - March 21 to August 12
Paid Internships - July 14 to August 10 (total of 134 hours)

Click here for complete list of dates. *Dates are subject to change.

For more information contact Esme Leon at or (213) 316-2109.

Expanding Horizons Internships General Information

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Program Description

Since 1995, CRF’s Expanding Horizons Internships (EHI) combine paid internships in exciting professional settings with 20 interactive seminars. The program starts in the spring and concludes in the summer with the paid summer internship. EHI provides professional skill-building, community awareness, and educational and college preparation seminars necessary for effective action in our democratic society.


Student Benefits:

  • Attend interactive, educational seminars during the spring to strengthen skills in communication, presentation, networking, and collaboration.
  • Learn about the college application process, financial aid, and SAT preparation.
  • Gain confidence, responsibility, and a sense of independence.
  • Work as paid professional intern at a prestigious law firm, corporation, or non-profit organiztion during the summer. (Sophomores are eligible to obtain a paid summer internship if one becomes available.)

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a junior or sophomore
  • Neither parent graduated from college
  • Participate in the free/reduce meals program at their school
  • Be eligible to work in the United States

EHI Facebook 

The 2016 Expanding Horizons Internships Program dates are the following:

Group A dates*:
Seminars - March 21 to July 15
Paid Internships - June 16 to July 13 (total of 134 hours)

Group B dates*:
Seminars - March 21 to August 12
Paid Internships - July 14 to August 10 (total of 134 hours)

*Dates are subject to change.

Application deadline is January 22, 2016.

Expanding Horizons Internships

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My intern and I communicate
regularly and I am proud
to have become his mentor.
–Peter Morrison
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


EHI  changed my life and
I still use what I learned.
Class of 2009

Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Expanding Horizons Internships (EHI) is a rigorous program that places high school students as paid interns in professional environments. EHI offers students the chance to gain work experience by helping staff at corporate, nonprofit, and government job sites. Additionally, students attend interactive seminars designed to help them prepare for college, career, and civic life. The seminars are designed to provide youth with specific skills including:

   • College Preparation     • Professional Work-Place Skills      • Communications/Networking

   • Civic Participation        • Writing With Purpose                      • Critical Thinking

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