Education Intern

Illinois Prison Project (IPP) is a young nonprofit organization in Chicago that seeks to reduce mass incarceration by providing legal services to individuals incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), shifting narratives around mass incarceration and incarcerated people, and advocating for new mechanisms for releasing people from prison. We focus on novel and creative approaches to prison reduction including mass commutation campaigns, sentence restructuring, public education, and advocacy.

IPP is looking for a dynamic Education Intern to join our team. The Education Intern will assist in the expansion of IPP’s public education and outreach endeavors that advocates for ending perpetual punishment and unlocking humanity for people who are incarcerated and formerly incarcerated.

Although the team has a hybrid in person/remote work environment, IPP requires interns to visit the office at least one day each week during their internship to help with in-office tasks. Successful applicants will be asked to pursue school funding if available. If no funding is available, IPP provides all academic year interns a monthly stipend of $1,500 with the expectation of working 20 hours per week from September 3, 2024 through May 30, 2025.

 IPP requires all team members to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide technological support to Education team and IPP Ambassadors by creating instructional videos, ‘how to’ guides, and tech check-ins 
  • Assist in the implementation of virtual and in-person outreach/education events and initiatives
  • Assist in editing, formatting, and fact checking educational and promotional materials
  • Conduct research on mass incarceration and perpetual punishment within Illinois and how communities have been impacted 
  • Visit the IPP office (located at 53 West Jackson Blvd) to sort, scan, organize, and send client and non-client mail
  • Coordinate with Community Navigators to mail out IPP resources to those who request them
  • Review and input nonclient letters into IPP’s case management system
  • Assist in answering phone calls from the community looking for support and assistance
  • Help create and edit short-form videos
  • Brainstorm and research ideas for original content
  • Assist with photo/video content shoots 
  • Support with administrative tasks as needed

Desired qualifications:

  • Is able to work 20 hours per week during normal business hours (M-F 9-5) with some flexibility for potential evening/weekend events
  • Is able to visit the IPP office in the Loop at least one day each week throughout the internship.
  • Is extraordinarily patient with teaching technology to people who are not technologically savvy
  • Is exceptionally detail- and deadline-oriented
  • Familiarity and proficiency with video editing software and social media content creation
  • Has the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles in a friendly, polite, and professional manner
  • Has excellent written communication skills in English; ability to compose, edit, and proofread materials
  • Exhibits independence and self-initiative
  • Is motivated to learn more about Illinois' criminal legal system
  • Is passionate about supporting criminal legal reform

Illinois Prison Project is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Illinois Prison Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

How to apply:

  • Please DO NOT apply via Handshake or Chegg
  • Write a one page reflection on what IPP Principles mean to you/ why they are important for this type of work. You can access our principles the “About” page on our website: https://www.illinoisprisonproject.org/about 
  • Submit a resume, cover letter, and Principles reflection via email to hiring@illinoisprisonproject.org with “Education Intern” in the subject line. Please note: applications that do not include all the required materials will not be considered.
  • Application Deadline: July 19th, 2024