Summer at CEF Durham

Dear generous and brilliant advocates,

If we haven’t met yet, I am Grace, the Special Initiatives Coordinator in the Durham Office. 🙂

I am writing to invite y’all to intern at CEF this summer. 🏖

In addition to 10-15 hours of office hours, you would take on a ✨special project✨ to help us effectively and sustainably improve our work in the Durham community. You can read more about these ideas in the application below. (If you have your own idea that we haven’t thought of, there will be a section in the internship application to pitch it to us!)

Some of you might be thinking, “Oh, but I already work with CEF during the school year. What more can I learn from working at the same organization?”

As someone who has worked at CEF for two summers, I am delighted to answer. Here are just a few of the benefits unique to intensive engagement with CEF:

  • Stronger relationships with CEF members from the availability to see members more regularly → more successes and stories!
  • Unique nonprofit shadowing experience– CEF’s model of shared decision-making and power is quite different from other, hierarchical non-profits. (Can you find another non-profit with a co-director model?) CEF is also explicitly committed to racial and economic justice.
  • Explore Durham! Durham is more than just Duke and the community members that we meet in office hours. For me, Durham is also spicy hot chocolate at Cocoa Cinnamon Lakewood and a ~~ free ~~ bike earned at the Durham Bike Co-Op. Complicate your understanding of Durham to advocate better.
  • Concentrated practice in trauma-informed care and advocacy- To talk the talk, you need to walk the walk…a lot. Practice makes perfect!

Ready to leap into Summer @ CEF?

For returning CEF advocates, this application is due February 1 and for CEF advocates enrolled in the Spring 2019 House Course, this application is due February 8.

If you have any questions about the application process or my summer experience, please feel free to email me at with any questions.

With excitement,


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