Careers, Internships, and Fellowships 2019-06-25T08:51:21-05:00





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, careers, and volunteer opportunities, please contact Thomas Bynum 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.

The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking a full-time Nutrition Advocate 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.

About TJC:

At the Tennessee Justice Center, we believe that 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 of the Nutrition Advocate:

The Nutrition Advocate will be a part of our nutrition team and will work 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 report to the Director of Nutrition Advocacy and will work in close partnership with other TJC teams, including those who work on Medicaid and children’s health. The person in this role will:

• Establish and strengthen relationships with community partners in a coalition, e.g., food banks, schools, religious communities, etc.;

• Engage community partners, faith-based organizations, local agencies and others to amplify our advocacy message.

• Communicate with partners, state and local officials about the importance of the nutrition programs and how they can be protected and improved.

• Coordinate with partner organizations to execute innovative and targeted advocacy campaigns.

• Execute a communications plan (social media and traditional media) to educate Tennesseans about nutrition policy issues; create social media resources related to the nutrition programs.

• Develop and maintain expertise in nutrition policy (state and federal) and share that expertise with community partners through training and technical assistance;

• Work with nutrition program clients to communicate their stories.

• Gather stories from stakeholder perspectives; analyze data and synthesize research or other evidence to inform proposed and existing policies.

• Contribute to and create policy memos, factsheets, reports, and other written publications.


• At least 2-3 years advocacy experience

• Education, training, and experience in issues affecting low-income people

• Familiarity with policy issues involving federal food and nutrition programs

• Excellent speaking and writing skills

• 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

• Willingness to travel around the state for meetings and events

Application instructions: · Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Put “Nutrition Advocate” in the subject line of the email. These application materials must be submitted in a single PDF file. Application period will close July 3, 2019

Position Summary: The Tennessee Justice Center is seeking a Staff Attorney to provide full spectrum legal advocacy – litigation, lobbying and policy advocacy – for and with low-income families. The position involves individual client representation and the development and execution of legal and policy solutions with statewide impact on access to quality and affordable health care, nutrition, and civil justice.

This is a full-time position based in our office in Nashville, Tennessee.

Organization Profile: TJC is a nonprofit organization with a national reputation for creative, impactful advocacy for justice and opportunity for all Tennesseans. TJC takes a systemic approach to complex issues, including affordable health care, medical and consumer debt, long term care, nutrition, and civil justice reform. For more information, visit


· Work with the case management team on cases relating to health care access, nutrition access, and civil justice reform.

· Conduct legal research and analysis focused on key issues affecting Tennesseans’ access to quality and affordable health care, especially issues related to Medicaid (TennCare), long term care, and civil justice.

· Work with TJC leadership and other staff attorneys to develop and conduct impact or class action litigation to remedy problems.

· Develop educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders.


· Licensed to practice law in Tennessee or willing to take necessary steps to be licensed.

· Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.

· Creative and strategic thinking. The ability to develop novel legal theories and strategies to address complex problems and keep the big picture in mind.

· Ability to work independently and be organized and detail-oriented.

· Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

· Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.

Preferred Qualifications:

· At least 2-5 years experience.

· Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.

· Experience with litigation and legislative and administrative advocacy.

· Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy.

TJC is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Tennessee Justice Center offers amazing co-workers, competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid maternity/paternity leave, retirement plan contribution, and high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.

To Apply: The application deadline is July 26th, 2019. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, your bar number or explanation of your current status of licensure, and list of three references via email to Please include “staff attorney” in the subject line of the email.