Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, & Jobs 2018-05-15T12:55:08+00:00

Project Description



We have been blessed by an amazing staff, volunteers, and interns at TJC.  We have attracted driven and compassionate individuals who bring great ideas, hard work, and a willingness to dive right in! For all interested in internships and volunteer opportunities, please contact Jake Lorber at


Assist the advocacy team in its efforts to improve access to healthcare coverage for all Tennesseans. The intern will engage with organizations and individuals both at the grassroots and grasstops levels to educate and reach relevant stakeholders in the health policy landscape.

  • Assisting in the preparation of community training and events (press conferences, public forums, etc.);
  • Participating in grassroots organizing and lobbying (promoting sign-on letters, asking community members to write letters, etc.);
  • Managing TJC’s social media platforms (posting facts on Facebook, and re-tweeting content from our national partners, etc.).

For any student who wants to understand how communities can hold their government accountable and learn more about healthcare policy, this is the internship of a lifetime.

The Development Intern will work under TJC’s Executive Director and will assist with the various development and fundraising projects.  In particular, the intern will play a key role in TJC’s two largest fundraising initiatives, The Mother of the Year Campaign and the Year End Mailing.

Other responsibilities will include corresponding with donors, managing TJC’s donor database, grant research, coordinated campaign management, event planning, and creating fundraising materials. This is a terrific opportunity for an undergraduate student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in non-profit management, communications, or organizational development.

Casework interns provide direct assistance to TJC’s Casework Team as they respond to the needs of individual clients.  Responsibilities include fielding calls from clients, drafting documents, performing intake interviews, and learning a ton about health and nutrition policy.

This is an ideal position for an undergraduate student or recent graduate who is interested in law school and wanting to gain experience in a non-profit setting.  Depending on the availability, the intern may also have the opportunity to work their own case under the supervision of one of TJC’s advocates or attorneys.

A significant part of our work involves outreach to community members, health care advocates, and TJC supporters. We are looking for someone to help make our outreach, web, and fundraising materials more attractive and easier to read.

The Graphic Design and Social Media Intern with work directly with TJC’s Creative Director.  Duties could include designing and developing graphics and multimedia material for TJC online and printed media, creating infographics and illustrations to be included in web and printed material distributions, assisting and advising TJC staff on creating graphics for individual projects, designing and editing marketing material such as brochures, flyers, advertisements, and posters.  The intern with be responsible for various aspects of TJC’s social media presence.  This could include drafting posts, coordinating social media outreach schedules with staff members, and responding to a variety of inquiries about TJC’s mission and work receiving via social media.

The position requires a weekly commitment of at least 30 hours/ week for 10-12 weeks. Internship projects may include the review of the electronic documentary evidence, internet research projects with a legal or public policy focus, and client intake.

The goal of the Legal Internship is that the student will eventually have the opportunity to work with clients on individual cases and appeals under the supervision of TJC’s staff attorneys.  The internship is unpaid, but, TJC will happily work with your institution to award you credit for your internship hours, if applicable.

TJC attorneys are rarely actually in the courtroom, and the opportunity to observe court proceedings is likely but not guaranteed.  What is guaranteed is the opportunity to work alongside nationally-recognized non-profit attorneys and a dedicated staff to help bring about positive change for low-income Tennesseans.

The successful candidate will be a “self starter,” with little need for supervision, interested in experiencing non-profit legal/ advocacy work from the inside.  Ideally, the candidate would be motivated by a commitment to “equal justice for all,” understanding that getting there entails its fair share of tedious, yet vitally important, work.

Help us connect with donors, clients, volunteers, and supporters through Twitter and other social media platforms. This is a great opportunity for people who are naturals at social media but want to learn about how to use it in a business setting. Just a small amount of time each week could make a huge difference.

Are you fluent in Spanish and English? Help us better serve the Spanish-speaking population in Tennessee. Tasks may include translation of documents and materials, intake interviews with potential clients, and outreach.

We are looking for passionate and capable volunteers to join our Development Committee. The Development Committee meets on the first Thursday of every other month. The Committee helps engage our board and the community around fundraising tasks and events such as our Raising the Bar firm pledge program, Mother’s Day campaign, and year-end giving.

This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute your ideas to TJC, and meet our board members. Many previous Development Committee board members have moved onto our Board of Directors as well. If you have experience in Fundraising, Marketing, Event Planning, Corporate Giving, Graphic Design, or related areas it is a plus.

We host several exciting fundraising campaigns during the year. During fundraising campaigns, we often need help with short-term tasks such as helping address envelopes, sorting data, and calling donors.

If you are interested in helping on a short-term project, please let us know your availability and any tasks that might interest you. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to help, but can only commit a few days out of the year.

Director of Nutrition Advocacy

The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking a full-time Director of Nutrition Advocacy to lead our work to ensure that all Tennesseans throughout the state have access to necessary nutrition. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a dynamic and creative team that makes a difference every single day. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of achieving results; she or he will need to excel in a fastpaced and challenging role that includes policy expertise, partner relationships, program and project management, and strong communication and people skills.

About TJC: At the Tennessee Justice Center, we believe that all our neighbors have value and dignity, that all deserve the opportunity to thrive, and that our laws and public policy should reflect these shared values. We help Tennesseans one-by-one to access the basics of everyday life (including healthcare and food) and then take what we learn from their experiences to advocate for large-scale changes that help others in the same boat.

Responsibilities: The Director of Nutrition Advocacy will work to develop and implement an advocacy plan to improve state nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), federally-funded school-based and summer nutrition programs, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC). The person in this position will manage a small team and will work in close partnership with other TJC teams, including those who work on Medicaid and children’s health.

• Developing (in conjunction with TJC’s executive team) major strategies to improve nutrition access in Tennessee;

• Setting outcome measures, work plans, due dates, and expectations for the nutrition advocacy project;

• Leading and managing the nutrition team; hiring/managing staff and volunteers • Establishing and strengthening relationships with community partners in a coalition, e.g., food banks, schools, religious communities, etc.;

• Educating government officials and lawmakers about nutrition policy issues;

• Creating and overseeing a communications plan (social media and traditional media) to educate Tennesseans about nutrition policy issues;

• Identifying and maintaining relationships with funders, e.g., foundations to create and sustain the work;

• Reporting on outcomes to funders, TJC management, and board and providing advice and recommendations for action;

• Maintaining expertise in nutrition policy (state and federal) and providing that expertise to TJC staff and community partners through training and technical assistance;


• At least three years public policy/advocacy experience

• Significant relevant education, training, and experience in issues affecting low-income people

• Familiarity with legal and policy issues involving federal food and nutrition programs, especially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

• Excellent speaking and writing skills; the ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms

• Strong interpersonal skills and a sense of humor

• A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, creativity, organization, and a willingness to work with others

Application instructions:

• Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2-4 page writing sample, and three references to These application materials must be submitted in a single PDF file.

• Please apply by June 1, 2018.

Community Outreach Coordinator

The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) seeks an experienced community organizer to work on our health care advocacy team and advance TJC’s grassroots organizing goals. The health care advocacy team is currently working to expand Medicaid in TN and to work against any threats (federal or state) that would hurt individuals who rely on the health care safety net. This position is critical to TJC and our clients, partners, and volunteers. It includes, but is not limited to, organizing and convening local health care advocates, facilitating press conferences, town halls and other events, and recruiting individual and organizational support for our goals to expand health care access to all Tennesseans.

Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and terrific people skills are essential. Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability, and have experience handling a lot of responsibility and demonstrating good judgment in carrying out tasks. Other necessary qualifications include strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative, and also the willingness to take direction and accept feedback from colleagues. The position is based in Nashville and will involve travel within the state.

Specific responsibilities include:

* Organize press conferences, actions, and events to support statewide issue campaigns.

* Build a large grassroots network to support statewide advocacy agenda, including forming strategic partnerships and alliances among diverse groups and constituencies in the state.

* Develop and support grassroots leaders to be active on health care issues.

* Carry out major organizing assignments in relation to TJC’s policy advocacy operations. Use independent judgment and discretion to develop and execute advocacy and policy education activities.

* Plan and execute short- and long-term organizing strategy furthering TJC’s advocacy objectives.

* Formulate and execute strategy and tactics in an issue campaign and make decisions and recommendations regarding these matters.

* Recruit new advocates and supporters to the campaign from diverse constituencies, e.g. individuals in rural areas, business leaders and healthcare providers, and people of varying political persuasions.

* Identify and work with uninsured individuals to help them share their stories with lawmakers, in the media, and on social media.

* Maintain and update a database of grassroots contacts and record specific actions that people take in order to help move them up the ladder of engagement.

* Promote effective communication throughout the state by increasing regional presence in online social networks, sending email blasts, and responding to email and phone inquiries. Develop communications content and strategy in consultation with the advocacy team.

* Assist in research, fundraising, grant and project reporting, planning and other organizational operations.

Qualifications and Requirements:

* A minimum of 1-3 years of relevant community organizing/advocacy experience.

* Excellent speaking, writing, and analytical skills. Able to translate complex policy into clear and actionable language in person and on paper.

* Experience with social media, online organizing strategies, and content development a plus.

* Strong computer skills.

Language and Communication Skills:

* Excellent oral and written communications skills and interpersonal skills.

* Effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations.

Other Skills and Abilities:

* An independent thinker and analytical problem-solver who is persistent when resolving issues and finding creative solutions when necessary.

* Ability to collaborate and participate in complex decision-making processes.

* Ability to be self-motivated and also a team player.

* Strong organizational skills and ability to stay focused with attention to detail.

* Ability to meet multiple, shifting deadlines and priorities with nimbleness and flexibility while maintaining a perspective on long-term goals.

Application instructions:

* Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2-4 page writing sample to These application materials must be submitted in a single PDF file.

* Please apply by June 1, 2018.