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Member Relations and Communications Intern


Website Council on Criminal Justice

About the Intern Program

As an intern, you will gain experience in supporting the day-to-day operations of a nonpartisan think tank and invitational membership organization. Interns will play a key supporting role in fulfilling the Council’s goal of serving as a catalyst for criminal justice policy based on facts, evidence, and fundamental principles of justice.

Fall internships will run for 12 weeks, from Tuesday, September 6 to Friday, December 2, 2022. Interns will work up to 20 hours per week. We can work with candidates to schedule around their academic calendars.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist with October 2022 Member Summit planning and coordination, including member communication and travel plans
  • Track news coverage of CCJ members and identify items for CCJ to elevate on social media and in member communications
  • Bolster member engagement, including developing systems for tracking engagement and identifying new ways to engage members
  • Edit and fact-check op-eds and other written pieces
  • Data entry and organization of member, stakeholder, and media information in Neon CRM
  • Develop social media and web content and copy
  • Identify and synthesize relevant research on criminal justice topics
  • Other duties as assigned

Application Process

Stage 1: Submit Application Materials via Workable:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter (Please address how your interests and goals align with the mission of the Council and the Council’s internship program.)
  3. Transcript(s) (unofficial will be accepted)
  4. References (reference checks will be conducted for final stage applicants)

Stage 2: Phone call with intern coordinator (15-20 minutes)

Stage 3: Full Interview with senior staff member and intern coordinator (45-60 minutes)

Stage 4: Writing Sample

Stage 5: Offer


General Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s candidate (third or fourth years preferred) or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal justice policy / research and/or nonprofit work
  • Strong commitment to CCJ’s nonpartisan, research-based, consensus-building mission
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Dropbox a must; Asana, Slack, Adobe proficiency a plus
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit, facile communicator, highly organized
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Must have own computer and access to reliable, consistent internet

Travel Requirements

This is a remote position. Interns may work from anywhere in the United States. CCJ is primarily a remote organization, but we have office space in Washington, D.C. that is available to local staff and interns.


Mentorship and Networking: Each intern will report to the intern coordinator, meeting regularly to discuss daily assignments, and work closely with a senior staff, checking in weekly to discuss project progress as well as academic and professional goals. Interns will have opportunities to engage regularly with all CCJ staff and network with criminal justice leaders and CCJ members.

Team Meetings: Interns will participate in weekly all-staff meetings and smaller team meetings according to their role. Interns will also be invited to join standing meetings with CCJ’s research and policy teams.

Writing Assignment and Presentation: Interns will be asked to produce at least one work product during their time at CCJ, such as a written policy brief, blog post, research literature review, or short presentation. Interns will receive ongoing, substantive feedback on the work from senior staff.

Intern Stipend: Interns will be paid a stipend of up to $4,000 throughout the course of the 12-week internship.

Letter of Reference: Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, interns will receive a letter of reference from their intern supervisor and a member of CCJ staff.

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