Internships

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below, please contact us at jlorber@tnjustice.org. Please include your resume and a cover letter.
To learn more about TJC’s past interns and volunteers, check out our TJC Heroes. All positions are unpaid.

Law Students – Summer Intern

TJC is looking for energetic, enthusiastic law students who are committed to public service and who want to spend the summer in a fast-paced litigation environment. Candidates should be motivated by a commitment to “equal justice for all,” understanding that getting there entails its fair share of tedious, yet vitally important, work. Summer law clerks will have the opportunity to work with individual clients, perform document review, and otherwise assist in class action litigation. While we do not have the resources to pay summer law clerks, we are happy to work with them to obtain funding or credit through their school. We are looking for law clerks who can commit to spending the entire summer with TJC.

Spanish-Speaking Interns

Are you fluent in Spanish and English and committed to helping families obtain needed health care?  You can help us better serve the Spanish-speaking population in Tennessee by interning with us. Main tasks will include performing intake interviews with potential clients,  translation of documents and materials, and outreach to local organizations who serve the Spanish-speaking community. This is an opportunity to put into practice your passion for social justice, health care and/or public-interest law and your knowledge of languages.

Intern (general)

Are you committed to helping families obtain needed health care? Consider interning with TJC. Duties may include review of electronic documentary evidence, internet research projects with a legal or public policy focus, outreach to potential clients, social media, organizing educational outreach events, and administrative work. The internship coordinator will work with you to develop an internship tailored to your interests and the needs of the organization. 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.  You will have the opportunity to work alongside nationally-recognized non-profit attorneys and a dedicated staff to help bring about positive change for low-income Tennesseans.

Graphic Design Intern

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. 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.

Development and Fundraising Intern

Because we are a non-profit and receive no government funding, we rely solely on the support and donations of our faithful and generous supporters. To help us stay connected to those donors and to reach out to other potential supporters, we are looking for a passionate and capable intern who is interested in learning about nonprofit development. The internship would include tasks such as helping develop and implement our fundraising plan, gaining experience working with a donor management system, cultivating donors, event planning, campaign management, and creating fundraising materials including social media content and print flyers.

High School Interns

TJC offers week-long internship opportunities for high-school students over their school breaks. Students will have the opportunity to see the ins and outs of legal and non-profit work. Shadowing opportunities are also available. Students may perform a variety of tasks, and must be motivated by an interest in TJC’s work and mission.

Year-round opportunities

TJC hosts interns, both with and without legal training, throughout the year. Please contact us at rwatkins@tnjustice.org for more information.

Intern Testimonial

“I saw firsthand how the cycle of poverty feeds into itself, traps its victims, and afflicts them with worries and problems that I have never imagined. As a result, I grew more compassionate, aware of my own privileged position and dedicated to helping people such as those served by the Tennessee Justice Center throughout my life.”

 – Ruby Shao, Princeton Class of 2017, TJC Summer intern 2014