Intern
Legal Intern

Intern

We accept rolling applications for both internships. Guidelines, however, are as follows:

Summer internship (late May/early June through August):  March 15
Fall internship (early September through mid-December):  July 1
Spring internship (mid-January through May):   November 1

To apply:

Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is okay) to info@fairsentencingofyouth.org. Use “Intern” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The intern(s) will become familiar with national and state efforts to end juvenile life without parole sentencing. The intern(s) will assist the CFSY staff by undertaking research projects of varied materials and complexities, attending local juvenile justice meetings, assisting with communications related activities, and performing program support and administrative tasks. College credit eligibility and letters of recommendation provided upon successful completion of the internship. Part-time.

Duties:

  • Perform administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, working within Salesforce, and Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook.
  • Assist with event planning
  • Research, collect and compile data on relevant legislation and individuals serving juvenile life without parole around the country.
  • Respond to mail from individuals in prison.
  • Represent the Campaign at various juvenile and criminal justice meetings in the DC area.
  • Participate in team meetings and state advocacy calls.
  • Assist with the collection and distribution of relevant news stories.
  • Assist in the implementation of new media strategy.
  • Assist in the maintenance of organization’s social networking sites.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to criminal and juvenile justice issues, particularly reform to harsh juvenile sentencing practices in the United States, racial discrimination in juvenile justice, and /or human rights in the United States.
  • Some experience working with Microsoft Office applications. Salesforce experience a plus.
  • Well developed organization skills with attention to detail.
  • Mature and reliable.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to take direction and work as a team – friendly and courteous, willing to work as part of the larger community efforts to end juvenile life without parole.
  • Excellent writing abilities.
  • Prefer upperclass standing, graduate students welcome to apply.

The CFSY is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Legal Intern

To apply:

Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is okay) to info@fairsentencingofyouth.org. Use “Legal Intern” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Background:

In June 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory life-without-parole (JLWOP) sentences for children violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. This most recent ruling is in line with the Court’s previous decisions in Roper v. Simmons (2005) and Graham v. Florida (2010), where the Court abolished the use of the death penalty for children and life-without-parole sentences for children who are convicted of non-homicide offenses, respectively. Central to the Court’s holding in all three cases was the proposition that children are “constitutionally different” from adults and that sentencing laws need to take this into account.

As a result of these cases, states need to enact compliance measures to ensure that their criminal sentencing laws do not run afoul of the 8th Amendment as they pertain to juvenile offenders.

The legal internship at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth will give students an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of constitutional and human rights law. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole and is one of only three countries that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which expressly forbids this practice. There are more than 2,500 individuals currently serving life without parole sentences that they received as juveniles. The goal of the campaign is to support litigation and legislative strategies to abolish life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in the United States and ensure that all children have a meaningful opportunity to obtain release once they have been rehabilitated.

Responsibility Overview:

The selected student(s) will help support CFSY’s efforts by writing legal memos analyzing the state of the law in potential priority states for the 2015 legislative session, drafting legal memos for the litigation & legislative advocacy teams, helping to draft legislation for introduction at the state level, and researching and compiling state laws related to extreme sentences for youth, parole and review eligibility for youth, and mitigating sentencing factors for courts to consider once a juvenile has been tried and convicted in adult court. The work of the legal intern(s) will be integral toward our broader strategy of eliminating life without parole as a sentencing option for juveniles.

*** The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.