Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, & Jobs 2018-03-16T17:00:02+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!


Event Committee Volunteer Job Description: TJC seeks a team of 8-10 energetic, creative and fun volunteers to help us kick off our inaugural Hall of Fame Luncheon, which honors incredible caregivers and inspiring leaders and raises funds to further TJC’s critical work on behalf of vulnerable families. Your commitment would consist of 6 short meetings (three of which are by phone) over the course of 60 days, and potentially helping on the day of the event, which is scheduled for May 1, 11:30-1 at the Renaissance in Nashville. The event committee will assist with logistics, improving the quality of the program, and spreading the word to improve turnout. If we have enough volunteers, we will seek spa donations for either door prizes or silent auction.

Event committee meetings will be held: March 14th, 21st, April 4th, and by phone April 11th, 18th and 25th. If possible, we will also need help from some event committee members on April 30/May 1st with things like name tags and day-of logistics.

Please contact Michele Johnson at if you are interested.


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.

The Justice Fellowship program 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 fellowship is a fulltime position for two years. Fellows work closely with TJC attorneys, advocates, and other leaders. The program includes significant professional development opportunities and is designed to train future leaders in law, public policy, health care and health and nutrition advocacy. Fellows will be a part of the client advocacy team. This team helps individuals trying to access necessary food and health support and aims to identify and address systemic issues facing Tennesseans in accessing the basic necessities of life. The Tennessee Justice Center, founded in 1995, is a nonprofit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. TJC uses the law and advocacy to ensure that Tennesseans can meet their most basic needs and have a pathway to opportunity. Past TJC staff and fellows have gone on to attend top law schools, become partners at the nation’s most prestigious firms, and work at the highest levels of government and nonprofits.

Eligibility Requirements

• Undergraduate degree completed by June 2018. Applicants should have completed their undergraduate degree within the last 2 years

• Demonstrated interest in health, nutrition, law, or other social service/justice work

• Strong communication and problem-solving skills; organized and detail-oriented

• Flexible team player

• 2018 Fellows should be available to start between July 15 and August 1 of 2018, and should be available through June/July of 2020.


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

• TJC is committed to diversity and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply. 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.

• Two letters of recommendation must be emailed directly by the recommender to Susan Drury at

• Applications for the 2018-2020 Fellowships are due by April 16th, 2018.

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.

Administrative Assistant Position

This position is suited for a dynamic “utility player” who will assist several staff members with projects and administrative tasks to make the office more efficient. The individual will assist in areas including office administration, fundraising, technology, and others. The ideal applicant is detail-oriented and willing to do work that is sometimes mundane but essential to the functioning of this small non-profit law office. The job requires working with several technology platforms and databases, including a donor database CRM, client database etc.

Because the job will require working in various areas, the ideal individual will be flexible and a quick learner. Selected tasks an administrative assistant will be expected to perform include:

* Answering phones, taking messages and directing callers to the appropriate staff members, receiving visitors;

* Working with donor database to process donations, timely enter gifts, prepare thank yous and tax receipts, etc.;
* Maintaining office equipment and IT infrastructure, and working with IT vendor to resolve issues;

* Helping maintain accurate files and records;
* Managing, collecting, and organizing data for grants and board reporting requirements;
* Identifying and implementing ways to improve office efficiency.

Minimum Qualifications

* Proficiency in software including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; familiarity with or ability to learn donor database, client database, and others as needed
* Keyboard skills;
* Proficiency at email and voice mail communication;
* Ability to work independently;
* Ability to prioritize work load;
* Ability to meet deadlines;
* Ability to tend to multiple details simultaneously;
* Ability to use the team approach and to be solutions focused.

Applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to Dranda Whaley, Tennessee Justice Center, 211 7th Ave N, Ste. 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37219, Fax: 615-255-0354, e-mail NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, TJC cannot return phone calls about the position and, regrettably, cannot notify applicants of the status of applications unless an interview is requested.