Spring Communications Intern

The 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. We focus on novel and creative approaches to prison reduction including mass commutation campaigns, sentence restructuring, public education, and advocacy.

IPP seeks a dynamic and energetic Communications Intern. Daily tasks include managing social media accounts, building press lists, and drafting external communication materials. The ideal candidate is passionate about supporting criminal legal system reform, has experience working with or is interested in learning about social and traditional media, detail-oriented, a confident and compelling writer, and excited to talk about reform within the Illinois criminal legal system. IPP is looking for a winter/spring intern with an immediate start date and the possibility to extend the internship longer. 

Interns are asked to work 15 hours per week (during regular 9am - 5pm CST business hours) for at least 12 weeks. We request that interns work roughly the same times each week and attend our daily morning meetings (at 9am) on the days that they are working. Specific start and end dates are flexible. In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours.

This position can be in-person (at our office in the Loop), remote, or a hybrid. Currently, IPP internships are unpaid.

Desired Qualifications

  • Has previous professional or volunteer experience managing, maintaining, and developing social media presence for organizations or companies
  • Has skills in graphic design
  • Is detail-oriented 
  • Has excellent written communication skills in English; ability to compose, edit, and proofread materials
  • Is familiar with AP Style
  • Exhibits independence and self-initiative
  • Has academic knowledge,  professional experience, or lived experience in the criminal legal system space
  • Is motivated to talk and learn more about reform within Illinois' criminal legal system
  • Is passionate about supporting criminal legal system reform


The 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 1) a resume, 2) cover letter, 3) a long-form writing sample (this can be an essay or blog post), and 4) examples of visual and written social media you’ve created via email to info@illinoisprisonproject.org with “Communications Intern” in the subject line. Please note: applications that do not include all of the requirements will not be considered.
  • In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours.
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.