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Education for Justice 

Center of Concern

1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 600

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 635-2757 ext. 132

Email: efj@coc.org

Who We Are

Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern, was created in 2001 to help teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers, and others in leadership roles to meet the challenge of sharing Catholic social teaching and bring greater awareness to social justice issues. Through all of the materials available on the Education for Justice Web site, we seek not only to introduce Catholic social teaching to a wider audience, but also to help deepen the knowledge of this essential element of faith and to help develop solidarity with all those in the global community who are suffering and oppressed.

 

History of Center of Concern

Since its founding in 1971 at the office of United Nations Secretary General U Thant by National Conference of Catholic Bishops General Secretary Joseph Bernardin and Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and with significant investments by women religious, Center of Concern (Center) has operated in Washington, D.C., with a mission to research, educate, and advocate from Catholic social tradition to create a world where economic, political, and cultural systems promote sustainable flourishing of the global community.

The Center envisions a global community that upholds basic human rights and human dignity, fosters just relationships, promotes sustainable livelihoods, and renews the earth.

The Center’s strategy for executing this mission is to add value by engaging with public and private centers of influence through an integrated model of social enterprise that seeks global transformation for social justice in core competencies of social justice education; global financial systems and human rights; global women’s issues; integral ecology; strategic philanthropic governance and leadership; and related areas.

The Center does this by sharing its stakeholders’ voices for global social justice through core services of research, education, and advocacy from Catholic social tradition in ways that are (1) effective, (2) scalable, and (3) sustainable.

The Center measures effectiveness in the relevance, authoritativeness, and influence of its work product through demonstrable impact regarding the issues that matter most to its constituencies, especially the least well off.

The Center demonstrates scalability by applying its resources to multiply its impact, such as through collaborating with the global cadre of pastoral, thought, and executive leaders in its Community of Creative Voices.

Finally, the Center practices sustainability by continuously enhancing the scale and scope of its substantive relationships with its stakeholder constituencies and its capacity for quality growth so that it generates an increasing percentage of its own unrestricted long-term and working capital, e.g., through advisory services, publications, and investment income.

 The Center represents the United States in the global lay Catholic development and advocacy alliance, Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE) and is a member of Catholic Charities USA. It has been accredited with consultative status before the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1974.

The Center is a social profit organization exempt under United States Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3).

 

Internships with Center of Concern

An internship at the Center provides opportunities for the incumbent to collaborate with Center team members on a range of projects and responsibilities. These duties vary according to the incumbent’s qualifications and can include service in programmatic activities, including the award-winning Education for Justice, and/or administrative roles involving the strategic operations, communications, and development responsibilities that are critical to the Center’s success.

Regardless of the experience and other qualifications of the incumbent, the primary purpose for the internship remains to support and advance his or her professional, educational, and/or other developmental goals. He or she does not serve as an employee of the Center and benefit to the Center is a secondary objective for the internship.

See attached intern position description for more information.

 

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