Overview of the position:
The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is hiring an intern for the Fall 2021 term! Founded in 2009, the CFSY works to ban juvenile life without parole in the United States, and create opportunities for those directly impacted by extreme sentencing to thrive and lead. Interns work up to 20 hours a week in a part-time position for a 12-week term, and assist the CFSY staff by responding to letters from incarcerated individuals, assisting with communications projects, and performing program support and administrative tasks. College credit eligibility can be provided upon successful completion of the internship. Over the course of the employment period, interns will become familiar with national and state efforts to end juvenile life without parole and other extreme sentences for children.
The Fall 2021 Internship will be remote.
The intern reports to the Communications Manager, and works across each department over the course of their term.
- Work with the legal team to respond to letters and inquiries from individuals who are incarcerated (Note: Some letters and inquiries from individuals who are incarcerated may contain graphic subject matter, including descriptions of traumatic experiences and sexual violence.)
- Perform administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, working within Salesforce, Microsoft Word & Excel, and Mailchimp
- Represent the CFSY at various virtual juvenile and criminal justice meetings/events
- Assist with donor prospect research
- Support communications, strategic partnerships, and movement building team projects
- Provide research support for legal/policy team
- Assist with event planning
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Commitment to criminal and juvenile justice issues, particularly reform to harsh juvenile sentencing practices in the United States, racial discrimination in juvenile justice, and /or human rights in the United States
- Some experience working with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Microsoft Outlook. Salesforce experience and Google Office applications experience a plus
- Well-developed organizational skills
- Maturity and reliability
- Strong communication, interpersonal, and listening skills
- Willingness to take direction and work as a team – friendly and courteous, willing to work as part of the larger community efforts to end juvenile life without parole
- Excellent writing abilities
Values and Traits:
- Strong interest in criminal justice issues, particularly progressive reform to harsh juvenile sentencing practices, racial discrimination in juvenile justice, and/or human rights in the United States.
- Belief that our society has failed the children impacted by life without parole and other extreme sentences and that we all have a responsibility to create avenues for their restoration and that of our entire community;
- Belief in the inherent good, dignity and humanity of all people regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, class, education level, zip code and more; and belief that every one of us is more than the worst things we’ve done or experienced;
- Self-motivated and able to take initiative and implement own responsibilities within guidelines of department structure and workplan;
- Flexible and willing and able to adapt to the evolving nature of CFSY’s work.
- Constructive and optimistic; confronts problems with the expectation that a solution exists;
- Prioritizes self-care.