Spring Policy Intern

The Illinois Prison Project seeks a dynamic, energetic Policy Intern to join us for the spring, with the possibility to extend the internship longer. The Program Intern will support IPP’s Director of Advocacy to make systemic changes to reduce mass incarceration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this can be a remote opportunity, although preference will be given to Chicago-area based applicants. Interns are asked to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 12 weeks. Specific start and end dates are flexible. In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours. Currently, IPP internships are unpaid.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research and tracking and analyzing legislation on criminal legal topics such as three strikes laws, parole, clemency, emerging adults in the criminal legal system, and sentencing caps
  • Supporting the drafting of memoranda, policy briefs, fact sheets, blog articles, weekly updates and background papers on issues relating to the criminal legal system
  • Attending meetings and other events related to criminal legal policy and subsequently brief staff
  • Support the planning efforts and execution of policy-related meetings and events.
  • Provide general administrative support as assigned.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from law school or graduate school 
  • Able to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 12 weeks (start and end dates are flexible)
  • Exceptionally detail-oriented and friendly
  • Excellent written communication skills in English; ability to compose, edit, and proofread materials
  • Exhibit independence and self-initiative
  • Motivated to learn more about Illinois' criminal legal system
  • 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 submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to info@illinoisprisonproject.org with “Policy Intern” in the subject line.
  • In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours.
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Please note: applications that do not include a cover letter and writing sample will not be considered.