Employment & Internships

Available Positions


Communications Intern

(Unpaid)

Brief Position Description
The Communications Intern will assist with the execution of projects to develop and manage the overall provision of email, web-based, and social media communications with CJJ members and other key audiences. S/He will assist the Communications and Member Relations Associate with the monthly newsletter, Facebook and Twitter posts and responses, the CJJ blog, and other forms of member communications. Other duties include data management and administrative/logistical support.

Candidates are expected to be fast-learners who are flexible and team-oriented, have strong interpersonal skills, and have proficient-to-advanced skills with MS Office suite. Experience with basic HTML, data analysis, and familiarity with juvenile justice issues are preferred. The Communications Intern may be required to write short products and content on specific juvenile justice related topics.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Update and maintain CJJ’s social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter;
  • Assist in planning, writing, and managing monthly newsletter;
  • Design publications, graphics, and emails to CJJ members;
  • Update CJJ’s website;
  • Reach out to members and allies to create blog content;
  • Fact-check and revise a range of products to conform with CJJ style requirements and to ensure accuracy;
  • Maintain CJJ’s listservs and other sources of data;
  • Analyze, synthesize, and summarize dense and complex information accurately, clearly, and within a short time-frame;
  • Provide additional project support; and
  • On occasion, attend relevant meetings, briefings, and events for the purposes of taking notes and reporting back to staff.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Completed Bachelor's degree in advertising, journalism, or marketing field, social sciences, education, social work, law, and justice related fields or other relevant fields;
  • Prior internship or related experience with a nonprofit, advocacy organization, or on Capitol Hill preferred; experience in marketing and communications a plus;
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal communications skills;
  • Persuasive writing, editing, and research skills, and ability to frame and draft cogent messages;
  • Must be a team player who enjoys working in groups but can function individually to meet goals;
  • Experience working on websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube in a professional capacity; and
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Adobe; experience in graphic design and basic HTML a plus.

 

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a minimum of three references to [email protected]. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Policy and Legal Research Intern

(Unpaid)

Brief Position Description
The Policy and Legal Research Intern will assist with the execution of projects to develop resources and information to support CJJ’s federal policy agenda and juvenile justice reform efforts. CJJ has specific goals to advance leadership development and youth involvement, as well as current and growing projects in the following areas, among others: eliminating racial/ethnic disparities, improving outcomes and preventing detention of youth at risk of court involvement, and promoting detention reform and alternatives to detention for youth charged with delinquency.

Candidates are expected to be fast-learners who are flexible and team-oriented, have strong interpersonal skills, and have proficient-to-advanced skills with MS Office suite. Experience with data analysis and familiarity with juvenile justice issues are preferred. The policy analyst/legal researcher will be primarily responsible for researching and producing digests of federal and state juvenile justice statutes and regulations, and may be required to write short products and content on specific juvenile justice related topics.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Research federal and state regulations governing the treatment and disposition of cases involving juveniles in the juvenile court;
  • Prepare periodic research summaries for staff as necessary or requested;
  • Fact-check and revise a range of products to conform with CJJ style requirements and to ensure accuracy;
  • Analyze, synthesize, and summarize dense and complex information accurately, clearly, and within a short time-frame;
  • Provide additional project support including but not limited to preparation of PowerPoint presentations; and
  • On occasion, attend relevant meetings, briefings, and events for the purposes of taking notes and reporting back to staff.


Like many national nonprofit organizations, CJJ operates in a dynamic environment. Therefore, growth opportunities and responsibilities for this position may evolve in response to new strategic priorities and funding opportunities. CJJ values diversity in all aspects of its operations and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, education, social work, law, and justice related fields or other relevant fields; preference for J.D. (2L or 3L preferred);
  • At least two years’ experience researching state and/or federal statutory or regulatory authority, including familiarity with the Congressional Record and THOMAS;
  • Ability to write clearly and cogently for a variety of audiences; and
  • Prior experience working with a nonprofit, advocacy organization, or on Capitol Hill preferred.


To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a minimum of three references to [email protected]. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Policy and Events Intern

(Unpaid)
Summer Semester

Brief Position Description
The intern will assist with conference and event preparations in support of CJJ’s juvenile justice reform efforts and federal policy agenda. Under the supervision of senior staff, the intern will assist with preparation work for our Annual Conference, which takes place in June. The intern will help craft blog posts and assist with office-related tasks in furtherance of CJJ’s government relations work.

Candidates are expected to be fast learners who are flexible and team-oriented, have strong interpersonal skills, and have proficient-to-advanced skills with MS Office suite.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Assist with office-related tasks such as filing, copying, and creation of folders that are used for CJJ policy outreach;
  • Under the supervision of senior staff, write short blog posts and fact sheets as assigned;
  • Assist with staffing CJJ conferences and with related event preparation;
  • Assist with research projects related to juvenile justice policy and best practices;
  • Fact-check and proofread a range of products to conform with CJJ style requirements and to ensure accuracy; and

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in social sciences, education, social work, law and justice related fields or other relevant fields;
  • Preference given to D.C.-based student who was previously involved with the juvenile justice system;
  • Basic knowledge of juvenile justice;
  • Ability to write clearly and cogently for a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent oral communications skills

 

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a minimum of three references to [email protected]. The subject line of the email should read “Intern – [Last Name]”.  No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, though we are hoping to fill this position as soon as possible. This position is part-time, unpaid. It is anticipated to last at least six weeks. Please contact Naomi Smoot at [email protected] with questions.