General Intern

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Job title: General Internship 

Location: Washington DC; remote for now

Classification: Temporary, part-time, non exempt

Organization: Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY)

Due: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis 

Position Available: January 2021


Overview of the position:

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is hiring an intern for the Spring 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 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. 

While the CFSY’s physical office is currently closed, this position will be remote. We anticipate this will continue for the duration of the Spring 2021 term.

The intern reports to the Communications Associate, and works across each department over the course of their term.  


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with the legal team to respond to letters and inquiries from individuals who are incarcerated
  • 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. Salesforce 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.

Location and Travel

The CFSY’s headquarters are in Washington, DC, with many staff working remotely throughout the country. For this Spring 2021 position, interns will work remotely. The CFSY will provide a laptop as needed, according to internal policies. All business related travel will be paid for by the CFSY in accordance with our travel policy.

Physical Environment and Equipment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Should the office reopen during the Spring 2021 term, the work will performed primarily in an office setting, with moderate background noise and requiring the ability to sit and/or stand at a workstation for extended periods of time;
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone;
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision requirements due to computer work;
  • Light to moderate lifting (no more than 25 pounds);
  • Ability to travel occasionally, including in a plane, car and occasionally public transportation;
  • Ability to effectively use a telephone, including mobile phone; computer (with Microsoft and Google applications); keyboard; and video conferencing.

Compensation, Benefits, and Culture:

The hourly wage for this position is $15.00. This position is temporary, part‐time, and non-exempt; the Intern will work up to 20 hours/week for 12 weeks.

The CFSY believes in and actively practices meaningful connection to individuals directly impacted by extreme prison sentences. We work in deep partnership with people currently in prison, those who have been released, and their family and social networks. All staff at the CFSY, regardless of role and position, engage in this connection and are regularly proximite to those directly impacted by the work we do.

To apply:

Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript if available (unofficial is okay) in one PDF to Use “Intern-Last Name” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

We will offer interviews based on application strength, including demonstrated interest, writing ability, and any relevant experience. Our Spring 2021 Internship program is expected to be virtual at this time.

The CFSY is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. People of color, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with personal experience in the juvenile or criminal justice systems are strongly encouraged to apply.