Children's Defense Fund

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    Intern in the President's Office

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund

    Pros

    phenomenal organization led by a remarkable woman who to this day, years later, inspires me

    Cons

    typical dilemmas of nonprofits, in other departments though.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to be from, internal politics can be challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great cause, great president, and a great place to have on your resume. At CDF the staff is competent, intelligent, and really does care about the issues, and people really do feel like they're on a mission for a great cause, which is a nice feeling for those of us who do care about issues and causes. Salary was fine for non-profit life and work hours were standard.

    Cons

    CDF can be a difficult place to work. There's often a lot of staff turnover for that reason. Marian is a visionary and larger than life leader. But she's also prone to change her mind, and sometimes she tries to shake the organization up a bit too much and too often. She also doesn't suffer what she sees as "failure," and what isn't always really failure. It's just a difficult place to work long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Somehow address the turnover problem and find a way to make people less fearful of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not bad for those that like a quiet, comfortable work environment that does focus on the bottom line: the kids in need.

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    Former Employee - Direct Mail in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Direct Mail in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The success stories of kids literally saved from death by CDF's initiatives. CEO works just as hard -- if not harder -- than the staff.

    Cons

    Corporate culture can smother any attempt and innovation...with anything in any apartment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Internship Opportunity!

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    Former Employee - Health Policy Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Health Policy Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund as an intern

    Pros

    Since there is a small staff, interns are able to assist in a lot of different projects and actually have an impact on what the company is doing. The work itself is really interesting and does not involve sitting in an office all day. Health interns went on trips to visit the CDF Summer Camps, evaluate the success of school-based health centers, and also got to present at one of the conferences that CDF hosted.

    Cons

    Summer internships are mostly unpaid, but the experience was definitely worth it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    An incredible experience and opportunity!

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    Former Employee - Servant Leader Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Servant Leader Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very fulfilling position and opens your mind to new things

    Cons

    Can take it's tole if there is a lack of faculty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will laugh with the people you work with while getting some serious, meaningful work done. What more could you ask for? Also, you have weekly brown bag lunch session with guest speakers just for the 20+ interns which is really nice.

    Cons

    Some departments get more work than others: Policy Interns get a lot of meaningful work, don't know if I could say the same for the Freedom School Interns...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Summer Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Defense Fund as an intern

    Pros

    incredibly passionate staff, usually a relaxed work environment, interns given very meaningful work, staff is very appreciative of interns and works to make their experience worthwhile, you will learn a lot , access to the hill

    Cons

    the internship at CDF is unpaid

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    Summer Internship

    Current Employee - Development Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Development Intern in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Children's Defense Fund as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to contribute to good causes in various capacities- there is never a sense of doing "busy work" at CDF. I also had the chance to work across departments and help other staff members aside from my supervisor so there was a lot of exposure to the different job functions.

    Cons

    It can be a little harried and disorganized, but that's just the nature of nonprofit.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the most unfortunate experiences of my entire career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Children's Defense Fund

    Pros

    The Freedom School is an excellent resource in giving children great learning opportunities and self-esteem.

    Cons

    Despite the good name, the Children's Defense Fund is a poorly run organization that does not offer the professional experience one would expect. There's irony in advocating for children while having the children of employees live in borderline poverty. Cutthroat and dishonest. Catty and functions on the system of personal favoritism. Senior leadership bullies, yells, insults and overall attempts to intimidate subordinates. Tries to dictate employee interaction with peers, STRONGLY (and inappropriately) suggesting friendships and other personal relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat employees with honesty and respect. Lead with integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Wonderful summer internship experience!

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Children's Defense Fund

    Pros

    Mission driven; experienced advocates; great learning enviornment

    Cons

    Worked in a smaller office -- less national exposure.

    Recommends

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