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We have been blessed by an amazing staff 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, please contact sstrizalkouski@tnjustice.org. For inquiries about career opportunities or to apply to any open positions, please email jobs@tnjustice.org.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Career Opportunities

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ANTI-HUNGER CLIENT ADVOCATE

Internship Opportunities

TJC’s internship program offers several opportunities throughout the year for law students, recent graduates and undergrad students to obtain real-life experience working in the field of social justice and public health law. Generally, student interns should commit to an internship for a full semester academic term and/or summer. We recommend applying at least two to three months in advance of your preferred start date. We are accepting applications for the below opportunities.


Digital Media Intern
Part-Time Position | Based in Nashville, TN or Remote
We are looking to hire a Digital Media Intern to help grow and create engaging content for our social channels. If you’re compassionate, creative, and have an eye for detail, then this could be the job for you.  
Typical Responsibilities include: 
 Designing creative print and digital materials such as newsletters, press releases, and social media for Black Health Matters TN and TJC campaigns
Assisting in the planning of engaging social media campaigns that align with our mission
• Crafting compelling captions for social channels
• Interacting across all social channels to support, engage, and lift-up related missions
Researching other influential social media accounts and influencers for opportunities to collaborate
• Other duties as assigned
• 12-15 hours a week (negotiable)  
This may be a good fit for you if: 
You are meticulous and pay close attention to detail, with the ability to self-monitor for mistakes, troubleshoot, and closely follow a process
• You’re passionate about inclusive and equitable impact
• You work well in a collaborative and inclusive environment
• You’re proficient in Canva
• You have experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn
• You have strong copywriting and editing skills
• You have a strong eye for graphic design
HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to sstrizalkouski@tnjustice.org. In your cover letter please indicate the number of hours you would be willing to commit per week and your preferred start and end date. This is an unpaid internship. Please include the name of the internship opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Legal Intern / Legal Clerk

Full Time or Part-Time Position | Based in Nashville, TN or Remote

We are currently seeking legal interns/clerks to provide direct assistance to TJC’s litigation team. Responsibilities will include both casework tasks and litigation tasks. Casework tasks will involve fielding calls from clients, drafting documents, performing intake interviews, and managing a client’s towards resolution under the supervision of TJC’s attorneys. Litigation tasks will include legal research, legal writing and other tasks requested by the TJC’s attorneys. Through this opportunity you will learn about Medicaid law, the Food Stamp Act, and health and nutrition benefits programs and policies. This internship provides you valuable experience interacting with clients and governmental agencies. This internship will also give you insight into the process behind impact litigation. You will also have the opportunity to engage with our advocacy work and community outreach.

If you are interested in applying for outside funding for a future fellowship project with our organization (such as EJW and Skadden) we highly recommend that you to work as a legal intern/legal clerk with our office. This will allow you to have a better sense of what is needed in our communities so you may tailor your project proposal to meet that need.

HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to sstrizalkouski@tnjustice.org. In your cover letter please indicate the number of hours you would be willing to commit per week and your preferred start and end date. Please include the name of the internship opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

ANTI-HUNGER CLIENT ADVOCATE INTERN

Part-Time Position | Based in Nashville, TN or Remote 

For over 25 years, we at the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) have been standing with Tennessee families and helping them access basic necessities of life. 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 values. Every day our courageous team works in partnership with Tennessee individuals, families, and communities.  

Do you want to join our fight?

We are looking to hire an Anti-Hunger Client Advocate Intern to help our clients access the nutrition safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If you’re compassionate and have an eye for detail, then this could be the job for you.  

Typical Responsibilities Include: 

  • Knowledge of and willingness to learn more about the nutrition assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, P-EBT)
  • Assisting in direct client work, taking calls from clients and helping them access their SNAP and P-EBT benefits 
  • Performing tasks related to case management – maintaining accurate case files, recording client data 
  • Evaluating and monitoring client cases to ensure eligible individuals have or maintain access to SNAP
  • Gathering client stories, research data, and the latest nutrition policy updates to share with partners, the public, and decision makers

This job might be for you if:

  • You enjoy going above and beyond to help people when they are in crisis  
  • You are super organized and obsessively take detailed notes on everything 
  • You have amazing problem-solving skills 
  • You flourish on a small team where all hands-on deck is the norm 
  • You can talk to people all day and it energizes you rather than drains you 

HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to sstrizalkouski@tnjustice.org. Please include the name of the internship opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of the email.This is an unpaid internship opportunity. Remote applicants are considered with a preference for folks located in Nashville, TN.



COLLEGE HUNGER INTERN

Part-Time Position | Based in Nashville, TN or Remote 

For over 25 years, we at the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) have been standing with Tennessee families and helping them access basic necessities of life. 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 values. Every day our courageous team works in partnership with Tennessee individuals, families, and communities.  

Do you want to join our fight?

We are looking to hire a College Hunger Intern to help engage and grow our network of partners at colleges and universities across Tennessee in the fight against college hunger. If you’re passionate about food access on college campuses and enjoy organizing and mobilizing advocacy coalitions—this could be the job for you.

Typical Responsibilities Include: 

  •  Knowledge of and willingness to learn more about the nutrition assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, etc.)
  • Disseminating information about nutrition assistance programs to others
  • Growing our network of college hunger partners and maintaining communication with coalition members through email alerts, etc.
  • Engaging college hunger coalitions members and assisting with quarterly calls and webinars 
  • Organizing anti-hunger campaigns to raise awareness, improve food access, and promote positive legislation
  • Staying up-to-date on policies and programs related to college hunger 

This job might be for you if:

  • You enjoy forming relationships with new partners 
  • You are passionate about food access on college campuses 
  • You have experience presenting on webinars and organizing advocacy campaigns
  • You flourish on a small team where all hands-on deck is the norm 

HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to sstrizalkouski@tnjustice.org. Please include the name of the internship opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of the email.



CHILD HUNGER INTERN

Part-Time Position | Based in Nashville, TN or Remote 

For over 25 years, we at the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) have been standing with Tennessee families and helping them access basic necessities of life. 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 values. Every day our courageous team works in partnership with Tennessee individuals, families, and communities.  

Do you want to join our fight?

We are looking to hire a Child Hunger Intern to help mobilize our network to advocate for policies and programs that fight child hunger. If you’re passionate about ending child hunger and enjoy organizing and mobilizing advocacy campaigns—this could be the job for you.

Typical Responsibilities Include: 

  •  Knowledge of and willingness to learn more about the nutrition assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, School Meals, etc.) 
  • Sharing information about child nutrition related programs
  • Growing our network of child nutrition partners with an emphasis on our Parents Fighting Hunger coalition
  • Contacting partners, parents, and school leaders to gather information, stories, and learn more about some of the issues they face
  • Organizing anti-hunger campaigns to raise awareness, improve food access, and promote positive legislation
  • Staying up to date on policies and programs related to child nutrition  

This job might be for you if:

  • You enjoy forming relationships with new partners 
  • You are passionate about ending child hunger in Tennessee
  • You have experience presenting on webinars and organizing advocacy campaigns
  • You flourish on a small team where all hands-on deck is the norm 

HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to sstrizalkouski@tnjustice.org. Please include the name of the internship opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of the email. This is an unpaid internship. Remote applicants are considered with a preference for folks located in Nashville, TN.



LEGISLATIVE INTERN

Part-Time Position | Based in Nashville, TN or Remote 

For over 25 years, we at the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) have been standing with Tennessee families and helping them access basic necessities of life. 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 values. Every day our courageous team works in partnership with Tennessee individuals, families, and communities.  

Do you want to join our fight?

We are looking to hire a Legislative Intern to help mobilize our network to advocate for policies and programs that fight hunger. If you’re passionate engaging legislators in the fight against hunger—this could be the job for you.

Typical Responsibilities Include: 

  • Knowledge of and willingness to learn more about the nutrition assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, School Meals, etc.)
  • Monitoring state and federal legislation related to nutrition assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, and Child Nutrition Programs.)
  • Creating county-based and regional information about hunger and nutrition safety net programs to disseminate to legislators
  • Building relationships with legislators and educating them about the nutrition safety net programs and how TJC can help
  • Creating digital advocacy campaigns to engage Tennesseans in legislative advocacy related to nutrition assistance programs
  • Working with partners and community members to advocate for positive policy changes related to hunger in Tennessee

This job might be for you if:

  • You enjoy monitoring legislation and speaking to representatives
  • You are passionate about ending hunger in Tennessee
  • You have experience with legislative advocacy
  • You flourish on a small team where all hands-on deck is the norm 

HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to sstrizalkouski@tnjustice.org. Please include the name of the internship opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of the email. This is an unpaid internship. Remote applicants are considered with a preference for folks located in Nashville, TN.



Casework (minimum 20 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to 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 about health and nutrition policy. This internship provides you valuable practice experience interacting with clients and governmental agencies. In addition, you will gain extensive knowledge about Tennessee’s Medicaid law.

As a casework intern you will have the opportunity to work your own case under the supervision of TJC’s advocates and/or attorneys. This is an ideal position for law students, recent graduates or undergraduate students that are interested in law and/or public health.

Health Advocacy (minimum 20 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to assist our health policy and advocacy team in its efforts to improve access to healthcare coverage for all Tennesseans. As a health advocacy intern, you will engage with partner organizations and individuals to help educate and reach relevant stakeholders in the health policy landscape. Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with community trainings and events (press conferences, public forums, etc.);
  • Participating in organizing and lobbying (promoting sign-on letters, asking community members to write letters, etc.);
  • Supporting TJC’s social media efforts by posting and sharing content on various platforms

This is an ideal position for undergraduate students who wants to understand how communities can hold their government accountable and learn more about healthcare policy.

Nutrition Advocacy (minimum 20 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to assist our nutrition advocacy work on a wide range of projects focused on increasing access to food in Tennessee. Our advocacy efforts include organizing and outreach to increase engagement around TJC’s nutrition initiatives. As a nutrition advocacy intern, you will work to help monitor state and federal legislation with the intent to create policy briefs and conduct research on the best ways to respond to policy proposals.

In addition, you will participate in supporting our SNAP access work by helping individual clients navigate the SNAP program in Tennessee. You will field calls from clients, work with staff attorneys and TJC advocates to determine the best strategy for resolving a client’s challenges. This is an ideal position for recent graduates or undergraduate students who wants to understand how communities can hold their government accountable and learn more about nutrition policy.

Children’s Health Advocacy (minimum 5 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to assist our children’s health policy team in their efforts to improve the health of all Tennessee children through education, advocacy and public policy. We educate community partners and advocates through in-person and virtual trainings, education materials, and our monthly newsletter. We represent individual clients, including children and families, who need assistance to appeal a denial of medical services or enrollment under TennCare (Medicaid), CoverKids (CHIP), CHOICES, or ECF CHOICES.

As a children’s health policy intern, you will help develop creative ways to engage the public, promote our programs and trainings, produce written content such as handouts, blogs, and social media posts, research issues impacting children’s health, or assist individual clients. This is an ideal position for recent graduates or undergraduate students who wants to understand how communities can hold their government accountable while learning about children’s health policy.

Development (minimum 5 hours per week):

We are currently seeking interns to assist our with TJC’s annual fundraising projects. Our development team is responsible for raising 40% of our fiscal budget through gifts from individual donors. As a development intern, your responsibilities include:

  • Donor stewardship and surveying
  • Performing prospect research
  • Brainstorming creative ways to engage new supporters
  • Chipping in on data cleanup
  • Event coordination
  • Creating fundraising materials

This is an ideal opportunity for an undergraduate student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in non-profit management, marketing, or organizational development.

Health Equity (minimum 5 hours per week): 

We are currently seeking interns to assist with health equity work across various teams at TJC. Our health equity work focuses on educating community members, advocates, service providers, and policymakers about the importance of health equity – ensuring that every Tennessean has access to the resources they need to be healthy – and promoting health policy opportunities to advance the goal. 

As a health equity intern, you will help develop creative ways to engage the public, promote our programs and trainings, conduct research, produce written content such as factsheets, blogs, social media posts, and policy briefs on a variety of topics related to health equity. This is an ideal position for early career professionals, graduate school students, or undergraduate students who want to learn about the role of policies in addressing health disparities and hold their government accountable to advance health equity. 

HOW TO APPLY: Send us your cover letter and resume via email to sstrizalkouski@tnjustice.org. Please include the name of the internship opportunity you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.