We accept rolling applications for all 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 15
Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is okay) to firstname.lastname@example.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.
We will review all intern applications for both the general intern and the communications intern positions. We will offer interviews based on application strength, including demonstrated interest, extracurriculars, transcript/coursework, cover letter writing, and any work experience, and will clarify applicant preferences for general or communications at the time of the interview.
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.
- Perform administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, working within Salesforce, Microsoft Word & Excel, Constant Contact, and WordPress
- 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
- 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 and WordPress experience a plus.
- Well developed organization skills with attention to detail.
- Mature and reliable.
- Strong communication, interpersonal, and listening 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.
Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is sufficient) to email@example.com. Use “Legal Intern” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Please specify if you are interested in the Legal Advocacy Internship or the Litigation Internship. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
The legal internships at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth will give law 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.
Legal Advocacy Intern
The legal advocacy intern’s work may include researching and writing legal memos analyzing potential priority states for the future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation, and exploring potential partnerships with state-based community groups. During the legislative session, this work will be dynamic based on the advocacy team’s needs.
The litigation intern will help support CFSY by drafting legal memos for the litigation team, including analysis of state laws relating 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 litigation intern 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.