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 Digital and Member Communications Manager 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

  • 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 Field Relations Intern

(Unpaid)

Brief Position Description

The Policy & Field Relations Intern will assist with the execution of projects to develop resources and information to support CJJ’s federal policy agenda, trainings, and technical assistance services. Projects will focus on CJJ’s efforts to promote detention reform and eliminate racial/ethnic disparities. The Policy & Field Relations Intern will assist the Policy & Field Relations Associate with developing policy papers, webinars, and other training materials for diverse juvenile justice professionals and organizations.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Research federal/state/local juvenile justice policy, practices, and programs;
  • Perform “fact-checks” and compile resources to support the development of policy papers, webinars, and other training materials;
  • Prepare research summaries for staff as necessary or requested;
  • Assist in the planning, organizing, and evaluating of trainings;
  • Provide additional project support including but not limited to preparation of PowerPoint presentations and attending relevant meetings, briefings and events for the purposes of taking notes and reporting back to staff.

 

Candidate Qualifications

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.

The ideal candidate for the position will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a social justice policy related field (e.g., social work, education, public policy, psychology). Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in an accredited M.S.W., M.P.P., J.D., or other social justice related graduate program.
  • Ability to research policy, practices, and programs related to juvenile justice;
  • Ability to quickly analyze and synthesize complex information accurately;
  • Ability to write in a concise and engaging manner for diverse audiences;
  • Prior knowledge of juvenile justice issues and experience in data analysis and/or program evaluation; and
  • Prior experience working with a non-profit, 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.