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  • Dayana Salazar
    Internship Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing and Community Development Program Description OUR ORGANIZATION The California Coalition for Rural Housing
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      Internship Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing
      and Community Development
      Program Description
      OUR ORGANIZATION

      The California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) is a
      nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that
      represents the interests of private and public
      affordable housing builders. Through collaboration
      with community leaders, low-income citizens, local
      government officials, and lenders, CCRH seeks to
      promote and preserve affordable housing in rural
      California.

      PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

      With no single ethnic majority in the state, CCRH
      knows that meeting our states diverse population needs
      means taking proactive steps to ensure that our fields
      staff and leadership are up to the challenge. In
      1998, CCRH launched the Rural California Internship
      Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing and
      Community Development. The Program serves to increase
      the diversity of rural Californias Community
      Development organizations by recruiting, training, and
      assisting to retain a new cadre of diverse talent for
      the field. The program is funded by the generous
      support of the USDAs Fund for Rural America, Bank of
      America Foundation, and Wells Fargo Bank.

      The program has graduated 45 students, with the
      majority remaining in the field and holding
      responsible positions.

      About the Internship Program

      The Internship Program is a one-year paid
      pre-professional learning experience designed to
      provide university students with a intensive,
      pre-professional learning experience in the housing
      and community development field. CCRH targets students
      completing their junior year at their respective
      university. Working with local nonprofits and Public
      Housing Authorities active in affordable housing
      development, interns undertake direct development
      activities, such as:

      Project Planning and Financing: predevelopment due
      diligence, site analysis, environmental assessments,
      budget & proforma development, finance applications,
      loan closings, and design

      Construction Bidding & Monitoring: participate in the
      construction bidding and monitoring process

      Political and Social Issues: government & community
      participation

      Leadership Shadowing: shadow executive staff at key
      meetings

      More About the Internship Year

      Each year, approximately ten of Californias nonprofit
      community development builders are selected as Host
      Agencies. Interns are placed with a host agency for
      one year, beginning work in the summer (full-time) and
      continuing through the spring (part-time). The intern
      works closely with a supervisor and CCRHs Internship
      Program Director to follow an Intern Work plan. Work
      plans are designed to ensure that all students across
      the state develop a concrete set of project
      development competency skills over the course of the
      year.
      Supplemental Activities

      Summer Training Institute. Interns participate in an
      intensive one-week training where professionals from
      the industry teach various topics.
      Finance Training: Interns participate in a finance
      calculations training & are provided with a finance
      calculator.

      Rural Housing Summit: Interns participate in CCRHs
      renowned 2-day statewide annual Housing Summit.
      Mid-Winter/Retreat: Interns participate in a 2-day
      retreat in a relaxing setting.

      Final Project: Interns culminate the year with a
      final 2-day session and final presentation of a
      project to a mock city council.

      Communications, Mentorship: Current and Intern Alumni
      stay in contact and are informed about latest field
      news, events, research and jobs via a CCRH initiated
      email group.

      Education: Interns often complement their Internships
      by writing research papers about their work, often
      obtaining course credit and meeting graduation
      requirements.


      Gisela Salgado
      Internship Program Director
      California Coalition for Rural Housing
      PO Box 2009
      La Mesa, CA 91942
      Ph: (619) 741-0633
      Fax: (619) 741-0644

      To learn more about CCRH or our programs, please
      visit: http://www.calruralhousing.org/
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