Internships

So much of TJC’s success has been because of the ambition and dedication of interns who have donated their time to help us when we are in need. If you want to be a part of TJC’s work, we have multiple opportunities for interns this season. See what positions we have below. If you have any questions, email our volunteer coordinator at jlorber@tnjustice.org. There is no deadline for applications, we will keep this page up to date as internship positions fill and open.

The Advocacy/Policy intern

will 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. The intern’s duties include, but are not limited to:

  • 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.

Intake Intern Position

The Intake Intern provides direct assistance with the intake process to TJC’s Casework Team.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, fielding calls from potential clients, drafting correspondence to new clients, performing intake interviews, and assisting TJC’s Client Advocates and Staff Attorneys manage the intake process as a whole.  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.

Development Intern Position

The Development Intern will work under TJC’s Executive Director, and will assist with 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 any undergraduate student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in non-profit management, communications, or organizational development.

Graphic Design and Social Media 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.  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.

Legal Internship

TJC seeks a highly motivated individual to intern in its Nashville office.  The position requires a weekly commitment of at least 30 hours/ week for 10-12 weeks. Internship projects may include review of 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.

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