The Council for Court Excellence (CCE) is seeking a returning citizen intern to assist in CCE’s
work with the DC Reentry Action Network (RAN). RAN is a coalition of community-based
nonprofit organizations that provide direct reentry-specific services to justice-involved DC
residents. This internship will offer an introduction to advocacy work and coalition
management as well as the opportunity to research DC’s criminal justice system and reentry
landscape. The intern will be involved in research, policy drafting, planning and facilitating
meetings, developing trainings for organizations and returning citizens, and outreach initiatives
relating to recruiting new members to RAN. The intern will receive a hands-on experience
working with community-based reentry service providers and working towards improving and
expanding reentry services for the District’s returning citizens.
The Council for Court Excellence is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization whose mission is
to enhance the justice system in the District of Columbia to serve the public equitably. CCE
identifies and proposes solutions by collaborating with diverse stakeholders to conduct
research, advance policy, educate the public, and increase civic engagement. CCE has a small
staff which is governed by and works with a large Board of Directors whose members come
from the legal, business, judicial, and civic sectors of the community.
Internship Period and Compensation:
The position is part-time, working a maximum of 15 hours a week, will run from January – April
and will be paid $16.50 an hour.
The returning citizen intern will solely be involved in CCE’s work with RAN. Responsibilities will
Scheduling and helping to facilitate RAN meetings
Attending RAN meetings and recording minutes
Managing RAN’s membership lists and Google groups
Drafting promotional materials to increase community awareness of RAN
Developing social media strategies
Drafting testimony, letters, and other materials to help advance RAN’s policy priorities
Creating content for RAN’s forthcoming website
Researching DC policy and best practices in the reentry field
Attending advocacy meetings and community events on behalf of RAN
Researching and planning training events and other opportunities for RAN member
Eligibility and Qualifications:
Eligibility is limited to someone with a criminal record, with a preference for someone who has
been incarcerated. There are no degree or educational requirements for this internship.
However, we are seeking a candidate who has the following skills:
Good communication skills
An eagerness to learn and get involved
Passion for criminal justice reform
Experience using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Willingness to offer and receive constructive feedback
Works well in a collaborative group environment
Application Procedure and Deadline:
Prospective interns should email one document containing all of the following: a cover
letter indicating interest in the position and dates and hours per week of availability, a résumé,
and a brief writing sample (1-3 pages, excerpts are acceptable). Examples of appropriate
writing samples include a letter, testimony, an article, research paper, or short story.
To be considered, you must send all application materials to Casey Anderson at
firstname.lastname@example.org by December 16, 2019.