Policy Intern, Dream Corps Justice

Dream Corps JUSTICE · Oakland, California
Department Dream Corps JUSTICE
Employment Type Intern
Compensation $15 per hour

Dream Corps JUSTICE Fall Internship 

Program Dream Corps JUSTICE internship program is….

A 12-week internship program for young people to gain professional experience in advocacy and policymaking for the Dream Corps JUSTICE, the criminal justice reform department of a social justice organization closing prison doors and opening doors of opportunity. We bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all. 


Program Details:

We are seeking a Policy Intern for the Fall of 2021. The intern will work with our organizers, policy team, National Empathy Network and National Director in supporting dynamic federal and state campaigns to keep people out of prison, improve prison conditions, and bring people home. This is a diverse and compassionate team, and we are looking for interns who will be part of a supportive, creative, and collaborative work environment. We value lived experience, and encourage people who have been impacted by mass incarceration to apply for these positions.


Policy Intern

Our Policy Intern will review federal and state legislation, research transformational policies, draft a variety of advocacy documents, and play an integral role in our organization’s ability to respond to important, evolving criminal justice issues. This is not a busy-work internship! We are looking for strong writers who already have familiarity with the criminal justice system, through either lived, professional, or academic experience. 

Given existing COVID travel protocols, this will be a remote position, and we welcome applicants from anywhere in the United States. 


Policy Intern Job Description:

  • Support Policy Director and Policy Manager in ongoing advocacy priorities. 
  • Research on ongoing criminal justice issues, including pre-trial, sentencing, parole,    re-entry, and drug policy, as well as issues that intersect with other Dream Corps programs such as green energy and technology. 
  • Draft various advocacy documents, such as memoranda, one-pagers, op-eds, and policy position papers. Strong writing abilities are essential for this internship. 
  • Coordinate virtual meetings between members of Congress and constituents from the Empathy Network. 
  • Collaborate with other departments on editorial copy for messaging and public facing documents. 
  • Track and report on new developments and publications relating to criminal justice. 



To ensure their personal financial situations are not a barrier to participation and to compensate them for the value of their work, Interns will receive stipends for their 12 weeks at Dream Corps. They will be paid at $15/hour for 20-30 hours/week (number of hours per week negotiated upon offer) on a bi-weekly basis. Hours are flexible as this intern will support a bi-coastal team. However, it is a requirement to be present for weekly staff meetings on Mondays and report to work at least two days in a row Monday - Friday. There may be limited evening and weekend work in advance of major JUSTICE programs or in response to current events. 


To Apply: 

    • Upload your current resume
    • Cover letter expressing your interest in this position. 
    • Policy Intern: Writing sample showcasing either strength of writing, familiarity with criminal justice, or both. (Two writing samples permitted.)

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      • Location
        Oakland, California
      • Department
        Dream Corps JUSTICE
      • Employment Type
      • Compensation
        $15 per hour