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CRC Internship/Externship Opportunities
The California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) uses legislative, regulatory, and administrative advocacy, as well as research, analysis, and community benefits agreements to ensure that the financial services industry meets the needs of historically marginalized communities in California, including low-income households, communities of color, and immigrants. We currently have agreements with major banks totaling $24 billion in lending, investment, and financial services across the state.
In addition, CRC has played an instrumental role in creating state protections for homeowners, including seniors and widows in particular, from unfair foreclosure practices; adoption of local land use ordinances regulating the proliferation of payday lenders; expanding access to free or low cost financial services for public benefits recipients; and stopping local bank financing of development where tenants were being evicted through the Ellis Act. You can read more about our work on our website www.calreinvest.org, blog www.calreinvest.wordpress.com, and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/calreinvest.
We seek legal and policy graduate students to work off-site with our small team of advocates. Job duties may include:
• Legal and policy research and analysis on matters relating to financial services for low income consumers, small business owners (especially micro-entrepreneurs), and immigrants, and other historically marginalized communities. Topics may include local, state, and federal enforcement of consumer financial protection, housing, and fair lending law and policy.
• Factual research and analysis about lending and investment practices affecting low income consumers, small business owners (especially micro-entrepreneurs), and immigrants and other historically marginalized communities. Topics may include financing for affordable housing and community economic development, trends in lending, investment, and services offered by California banks, and the role of capital sources in gentrification and displacement from housing and local employment opportunities.
• Research into corporate practices among various types of institutions including banks, non-bank lenders, so-called “fintech” (providers of financial services via technology), and other sources of capital.
• Development and analysis of new legislation, regulation, and administrative guidance.
• Research of consumer and community financial and capital needs, including through one-on-one communications with CRC members across California.
Candidates must have completed the first year of law and or policy graduate school; have a demonstrated interest in economic justice for historically marginalized communities; and be able to work off-site and in regular communication with CRC staff. Candidates must be able to drive or take public transit to local meetings with CRC members and use their own phone and computer resources for CRC work.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample on a related topic to Andrea Luquetta-Kern, Deputy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the number of hours per week and duration of your availability, i.e., summer, one or two semesters, as well as any product you will be required to develop by your school.
Candidates will be contacted and interviewed as needed on a rolling basis. These positions are unpaid, we encourage you to work with your school for stipend or other support. We strongly encourage candidates personally familiar with the needs of the communities we serve.