About Us

Pay Our Interns was founded in 2016 and led by two formerly unpaid interns of color. It is the nation’s only organization fighting to ensure all students — especially Black, Latinx, and Native American students — have equitable access to professional career paths through the implementation of paid internships countrywide.

We do so through research, educating employers and students, and sharing the stories of marginalized youth.

POI seeks to ensure individuals from all backgrounds are represented across industries impacting their communities, and to develop pathways for advancement. In doing so, POI creates a more equitable workforce, more diverse leadership across sectors, and a more just world.


Pay Our Interns is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC. The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts are tax-deductible, where allowed by law. Your donation allows the team to dedicate themselves fully to the cause and create a meaningful resource for interns around the country.

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