Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, & Jobs 2018-09-06T10:23:46+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 Rob Watkins 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.

Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) is offering a King Child Health fellowship to a recent Princeton graduate. This fellowship is funded by generous donors, Bill King (Princeton University, Class of 1967) and Robin King, to help Princeton graduates pursue public interest work. This is a one-year, paid fellowship that may include the ability to extend the fellowship an additional year. Founded in 1995, TJC is a nonprofit that uses the law, education, and advocacy to ensure vulnerable Tennesseans can meet their most basic needs and have a pathway to opportunity. Our mission is to advocate on behalf of low-income Tennesseans:

• In areas of public policy having the greatest impact on their health and nutrition;

• By means which afford clients opportunities to make their voices heard; and

• In ways which emphasize collaborations across lines of class, race, and age. Our clients inspire and drive the work we do. TJC also supports the work of others, beyond state boundaries, that are engaged in similar advocacy efforts on behalf of the poor.

The King Child Health Fellowship gives recent college graduates a unique opportunity to help low-income Tennessee families access health care coverage and food security by interviewing and supporting clients, conferring with attorneys on cases, identifying systemic issues in need of change, building relationships with community organizations, and providing technical assistance to partners.

The nature of the position will be shaped by the interests and talents of the fellow as well as the needs of the organization. The fellowship will focus on children’s health and will likely involve the following:

• Working with clients to determine the nature of their legal issues and gathering demographic information and documents so the case can be reviewed by a TJC attorney.

• Maintaining a caseload of 25-30 active cases at a time and working under the guidance of an attorney to help these clients to resolve their healthcare-related legal issues.

• Collecting stories of individual clients and community members. TJC expands the impact of its legal advocacy by using the stories of individual clients to illustrate and address systemic issues. Poignant stories, whether disseminated to the news media, shared with elected officials, or provided as court testimony, possess a compelling authority that gives immediacy and force to TJC’s policy advocacy.

• Other projects that align with TJC’s needs as well as the fellow’s interests and skills.

The fellow should have strong analytical, communication, writing, and critical thinking skills. The person must be empathetic, with a good sense of humor. Flexibility, patience, dedication to getting the job done, creativity, and willingness to work as part of a team are also important qualities. Prior experience working with people from different backgrounds, especially rural and low-income backgrounds, are desirable, but not essential. Fluency in a foreign language, especially Spanish, is prized, but not a prerequisite. Prior experience in a legal environment is welcomed, but not required. The fellow should be available to start between July 1 and August 1, 2019.

The fellowship offers health insurance benefits, accrued sick leave and vacation, and paid holidays.

Applicants must be graduates of Princeton University to be considered for this position.

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to Ms. Dranda Whaley via email at

Applications are due by October 31, 2018. 

Start your legal career by making a difference from Day 1!

As a Warfield Fellow at the Tennessee Justice Center, you will:

* Work with inspiring colleagues

* Learn from nationally respected lawyers

* Serve heroic clients, using the law to dramatically improve their lives

* Battle injustice and win systemic reforms

Apply today for a Warfield Fellowship at the Tennessee Justice Center

The Warfield Fellowship offers a one-year, renewable stipend to support the fellow’s work at the Tennessee Justice Center. You will handle cases from across Tennessee from TJC’s office in Nashville. The fellowship honors Charles Warfield, a beloved Nashville lawyer who has devoted his life to serving his nation, state and community.

Why Tennessee?

Tennessee is a state that’s big enough to matter yet small enough for you to have an impact. Tennessee has a long tradition of struggle to advance social justice, whether abolition or the labor movement, women’s suffrage or Civil Rights. That struggle continues today, with many urgent challenges that must be met to improve Tennesseans’ quality of life and quality of justice.

Why TJC?

The Tennessee Justice Center is a public interest law firm that for nearly a quarter century has fought for dignity and opportunity for all Tennesseans. Our mission is to achieve systemic reforms that improve the lives of vulnerable families throughout the state. TJC’s advocacy model – individual representation guiding a strategic reform agenda – offers an opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills. TJC’s advocacy for health access and economic justice has won billions of dollars of health care and public benefits for clients and has earned numerous national and state awards.

Is the Warfield Fellowship a fit for you?

* Do you see yourself as a “lifer” who wants to make public interest advocacy a career?

* Do you thrive on the challenges that come with trying to make progress in a difficult political and legal environment?

* Do you seek the rewards that come with serving clients whom you admire, knowing that you are making a difference in their lives?

* Do you chafe at the notion that we can only pursue justice “one life at a time,” because you are impatient to challenge unjust policies and systems that diminish us all?

* Do you have a demonstrated commitment to excellence?

If so, we invite you to apply for a Warfield Fellowship. The Fellowship is open to applicants who have a Tennessee law license or who plan to sit for the July 2019 Tennessee bar exam.