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The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) (Federal Work Study Only)


The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) is the national advocacy office for the Missionary Society of St. Columban. We advocate on behalf of Columban missionaries, Catholic men and women who work with and serve the poor around the world. Through advocacy, solidarity, and education, the CCAO is dedicated to raising the peace, social justice and ecology concerns of Columban missionaries and the people with whom they live and serve. As people of faith, we are both challenged and called to raise the voices of the most marginalized in our world.

We invite individuals to experience Columban mission through Advocacy internships in Washington, DC. Using Catholic Social Teaching, we focus on climate change, migration, economic justice and peace & conflict resolutions. Interns help us with advocacy, beginning with research and following through with letters to members of congress, Capitol Hill visits and working group meetings.

Migration – Advocate for the rights of temporary workers, domestic workers, victims of trafficking, and for comprehensive immigration reform and human rights.

Environmental Justice – Advocate for legislation to protect the environment, including climate change adaption funding, sustainable living, access to clean water, use of renewable energy, reduction of carbon emissions, and rejection of GMOs.

Economic Justice – Advocate for economic model for the common good, including sustainable local growth and development, just trade agreements which allow for meaningful participation of all sectors of society and debt cancellation for the poorest countries, and increased foreign aid for ecologically sustainable development and food security.

Peace & Conflict Transformation – Advocate for policies that promote the dignity of all people and join in non-violence demonstration and dialogue concerning war, militarization, violence and nuclear proliferation.

Typical Intern projects:

  • Research and write blogposts, newsletter articles, action alerts, and other electronic media articles, on issues related to one of our social justice priorities
  • Attend meetings and events on capitol Hill
  • Occasionally assist with administrative and logistical tasks


  • Interest in and awareness of issues of global justice
  • Understanding of/respect for Columban Fathers faith tradition
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (including spelling, grammar and punctuation skills)
  • Computer proficiency
  • Ability to work independently

For more information:

Challenging Structures, Changing Lives

TO APPLY, email your resume and the hours that you will be available to work in addition to your selected major to Hanan Adnan at

Trinity Washington University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Trinity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.



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