Prisoners’ Rights Internship

Undergraduate prisoners’ rights interns work directly with our Prisoners’ Rights team to respond to requests for assistance and advocate for people who are incarcerated in the DC Department of Corrections or in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Prisoners’ Rights interns have their own caseload of letters from people who are incarcerated. Work assignments typically include: 

  • Responding to correspondence from individuals who are incarcerated. 
  • Drafting and updating handouts and self-help materials.  
  • Participating in legal calls with clients and intake calls with potential clients and/or loved ones of people who are incarcerated.  
  • Conducting research on relevant issues and policies related to incarceration. 
  • Participating in team meetings and providing administrative support to the team. 

Undergraduate interns working on prisoners’ rights will also have the opportunity to assist with interviewing individuals in the DC Department of Corrections.

Summer internships are typically full-time for ten weeks and do not require school credit. Applicants must be able to receive school credit for participating in the Fall and Spring internships and must be able to commit at least 15 hours/week. 

The Prisoners’ Rights Team is currently accepting applications for the Summer Prisoners’ Rights Internship Program. The deadline to apply is March 6, 2023.

The Summer 2023 internship will be a combination of in-person and remote work. Fully remote internships are not available at this time. Undergraduate internships are unfortunately unpaid.

How to Apply

Please note in your cover letter your availability for start and end dates. 

Applications must include the following, combined in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, your experience with/commitment to prisoners’ rights, and your anticipated dates of availability.
  • Current resume.
  • Brief writing sample.
  • Current transcript (unofficial is fine).
  • Email subject should specify “Undergrad Prisoners’ Rights [Fall/Spring/Summer] Internship.”

Applications should be sent to:

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is an equal opportunity
employer. Diversity is an essential component of the Committee, and we encourage all qualified
persons to apply. Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to
actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility,
personal appearance, matriculation, or political affiliation.

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