Diversity and Inclusion Work Continues With New Internship Program

Diversity and Inclusion Work Continues With New Internship Program

June 19, 2017 | NCCD

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We published the final post in our diversity and inclusivity blog series last week, yet NCCD’s work on this important topic continues to grow. Today we want to tell you about another aspect of that work: our “school-to-nonprofit pipeline” internship.

We welcome two interns to NCCD this week. Both young women will be seniors this fall at a public high school just blocks from our office in Madison, Wisconsin. We partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County—a vital service provider to youth of color in the community—to reach a diverse group of intern candidates.

This new internship program was motivated in part by the following statistics


  • Racially diverse organizations outperform those that are more homogenous by 35%.
  • People of color make up 30% of the US workforce but only 18% of the nonprofit workforce.
  • People of color make up 21% of Madison’s population but only 16% of staff in NCCD’s Madison office.

By exposing young people of color to NCCD’s work, we hope to expand the longer-term pipeline to careers at NCCD and other nonprofits. Ultimately, this pipeline will bring a more diverse range of voices to Madison’s nonprofit leadership. At the same time, NCCD and its clients will benefit from diverse perspectives and approaches in its work to reform child welfare, justice and criminal justice, and adult protection systems.

We look forward to working with these young people in the coming weeks and hope to share a bit about what we learn from each other in an upcoming blog post.