Investigative Intern

About Us

Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is an innovative non-profit civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2016, CRC challenges wealth-based and race-based systems of oppression. CRC has won groundbreaking litigation challenging the rise of debtors’ prisons, abusive private probation schemes, and wealth-based pre-trial detention. CRC works closely with community partners and is committed to fundamentally transforming the criminal system. CRC’s staff is comprised of passionate and dedicated advocates with a profound commitment to social justice and fighting inequality in all its forms. Learn more about our work at civilrightscorps.org.

Job Description 

Civil Rights Corps is seeking one or more paid investigative interns to join our team for fall semester 2020, either full-time or part-time, for a period of ten or more weeks. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, interns would work remotely under the supervision of the Investigative Supervisor. The intern(s) will support our impact litigation and advocacy challenging mass human caging with a goal of creating a legal system that promotes equality and freedom. Internship duties may include:

• Conducting research, investigation, and related tasks in support of complex civil rights litigation in federal and state courts to challenge a range of injustices within the criminal legal system.
• Conducting interviews by telephone with CRC clients, class members, and witnesses in jails and in the community, preferably in English and Spanish.
• Drafting memos related to interviews and research projects.
• Taking written declarations from witnesses.
• Supporting CRC’s litigation teams by requesting, reviewing, organizing, and analyzing documents and working with attorneys and investigators to integrate information into case preparation.
• Assisting with preparation of discovery responses and for depositions of witnesses and clients.
• Developing and maintaining relationships with clients, community partners, organizers, coalition members, and legal allies.
• Working collaboratively with attorneys, fellows, investigators, and policy and communications staff on a variety of cases and projects.

Qualifications

The ideal investigative intern is passionate about social justice, is hard working, a fast learner, proactive, able to juggle multiple tasks, and able to work well in a collaborative environment.

Specific qualifications we are looking for include:

• Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of CRC.
• Demonstrated ability to work well in teams.
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple projects and keep track of deadlines.
• Experience working with diverse populations, with those directly impacted by the criminal legal system, and on behalf of low-income clients.
• Strong research and writing skills.
• Innovative thinking, an unwillingness to accept things as they are, and a strong work ethic are essential.
• Ability to commit to between 15 and 40 hours per week.

Compensation and Logistics

CRC commits to a salary of $15 an hour for interns.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email to Investigative Supervisor Alison Horn at jobs@civilrightscorps.org with subject “Investigative Intern Position.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we guarantee consideration for applications received by 9/7/2020.

Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We greatly value a diverse workforce and management team and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients and staff.