The Internship Program is a one-year paid Internship for university students designed to increase the diversity of staff in the Affordable Housing and Community Development field and assist in meeting the diverse needs of the communities served throughout the rural West. 

CCRH is active in recruiting, training and retaining students who may not otherwise know about the field, and people who reflect the rural West’s diverse cultural and linguistic demographics. The program serves as a critical pathway for students to pursue professional positions in the affordable housing field while simultaneously developing qualified candidates for the field. 

Now Accepting Applications for the following locations. Priority deadline to apply is Friday, March 9, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact

California locations:


San Diego


 Santa Rosa




 Oregon locations:   



Washington locations:



Nuts & Bolts: How it Works

There are three main entities that make up the program: the Intern, CCRH, and the Host Agency. CCRH is a nonprofit organization that serves as the Program Administrator. CCRH sponsors the program and coordinates all supplemental program related activites and trainings. The Host Agency is the location where each Intern carries out his/her day-to-day work. All Host Agencies have a mission of working with low-income people and are actively working in rural communities.

Interns are selected via a competitive application process from across each state, and placed with a Host Agency for one year, beginning work in the summer (full-time) and continuing through the fall and spring (part-time). The Intern works closely with a supervisor and follows an Intern Work Plan that provides a well-rounded intern experience in the field of nonprofit affordable housing and community development.

While the program’s interns attend various universities in several states, CCRH ensures each Intern gains the same basic skills and professional experience needed to pursue a career in the field after graduation from the program. 

Internship Program Term And Pay

The term of the program is for one year, beginning as early as June 1 and ending May 31 of the following year. Interns are expected to start no later than July 1.  Interns will be placed with a Host Agency within driving distance of his/her university, so no relocation needs to occur for this program. The pay range is between $14.00 to $16.00 per hour, depending on geographic location. For other Internship activities and trainings, CCRH pays for all intern lodging and meals.

Who Should Apply

Preference is given to those who are completing their junior year in college and want to pursue a career in the nonprofit housing and community development field.  Preference is also given to applicants from rural, farm worker, American Indian Reservations/Rancherias, immigrant or low-income backgrounds, and those that demonstrate a commitment to improve the quality of life of low-income and rural communities. The program encourages applicants from all majors.

All applicants must be full-time students. Some locations require that the Intern have access to a vehicle in order to carryout the day-to-day duties of the work. 




If you have a questions about the Internship Program, please contact

(916) 443-4448

717 K St #400, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA