Careers, Internships, and Fellowships 2019-04-15T17:19:33-05:00





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.

Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) is offering a King Child Health fellowship to a recent Princeton graduate. 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.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Ms. Dranda Whaley via email at by March 31, 2019.

Position Summary:

The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) seeks a full-time community engagement coordinator to work with our healthcare advocacy team. The individual in this role will be responsible for coordinating, engaging, and supporting volunteers and advocates in their efforts to protect and strengthen the healthcare safety net.

This position is critical to TJC and our clients, partners, and volunteers and requires strong communication skills, excellent judgment, and creativity and determination. Candidates must be able to effectively engage individuals, partner organizations, allies and potential allies, and decisionmakers throughout the state. The position is based in Nashville and will involve travel within the state.

Specific responsibilities include:

· Identify, connect, and support advocates from diverse constituencies, e.g. individuals in rural areas, business leaders and healthcare providers, and people of varying political persuasions.

· Coordinate and advance TJC’s engagement goals online through social media and other digital tools.

· Develop and coordinate public events to support statewide issue campaigns.

· Engage allied organizations and form strategic partnerships with diverse groups and constituencies in the state.

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

· Identify and develop new healthcare advocacy leaders.

Qualifications and Requirements:

· Excellent oral and written communications skills and interpersonal skills.

· At least 1-3 years of experience with volunteer engagement, coalition work, or community work. (If you think you would be excellent in this role and you’re not sure you have the “right” experience, apply anyway and let us know about the skills and experience you think would help you excel in this role.)

· Experience with social media and online engagement strategies.

· Strong computer skills.

Other Skills and Abilities:

· Persistence when resolving issues and finding creative solutions; results-oriented mentality.

· Ability to meet multiple shifting deadlines and priorities with nimbleness and flexibility.

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

· Ability to collaborate effectively with team members and leadership to coordinate work internally, raise concerns and ideas, provide feedback to peers, and help foster a team culture of learning and support.

Application instructions:

· Email a cover letter and resume to Put “Community Engagement Coordinator” in the subject line of the email. These application materials should be submitted in a single PDF file.

· Please apply by April 28, 2019.