Fall 2018 Law/Policy Intern

 

Organizational Background

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (“EBC”) is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, CA, working to advance racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income people and people of color.  In  our 22  year  history,  we  have  worked  on  issues  including  jump starting  the  green  jobs  movement,  promoting  civic  engagement,  violence  prevention  through youth  leadership,  and  transforming  juvenile  justice  systems  in  California. We are currently working to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization in the United States through Truth and Reinvestment — moving resources away from failed criminal justice policies and into creating opportunities, also known as “books not bars, jobs not jails, healthcare not handcuffs.”

Internship Opportunities

Oakland, CA

Winter/Spring 2019 Law/Policy Intern

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is currently accepting internship applications for our Winter/Spring 2019 law/policy internship program. This is an unpaid internship opportunity. We accept interns with a variety of education credentials including undergraduates, law school or graduate students and non-students. Law/Policy interns will work on projects that support our policy work at the local, state and national level. This work includes reseach, writing, advocacy, community outreach, and public speaking. 

Qualified applicants are enthusiastic, creative, and detail-oriented; have excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills; and, can articulate a commitment to work for social justice and the ideals of EBC. Our program involves advocating for policy change at the local, state, and national level and will include the following:

 
  • Interns will conduct legal and policy research
  • Complete persuasive writing assignments
  • Outreach to communities whose voices need to influence policy.

Required qualifications and skills

  • Interns are expected to make at least an 8-week commitment for 12-20 hours per week.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong writing, editing and proof reading skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

How to apply

Interested individuals should submit a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and writing sample to internship@ellabakercenter.org with Policy/Law Intern in the subject line. Application open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as interviews will be offered on a rolling basis. The Ella Baker Center is committed to developing the leadership of individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system, individuals who are underrepresented in the legal/policy field, and other groups that have been marginalized are strongly encouraged to apply to our program.

 

Winter/Spring 2019 Communications/Media Relations Intern

This intern will work directly with the Communications team to develop, research and produce a variety of content related to Ella Baker Center campaigns and events that are journalistic, creative, and help generate publicity and media coverage. Tasks will include but are not limited to producing: social media content, press releases, backgrounders, pitch letters, and campaign flyers. The ideal candidate also must have an eagerness to learn and a genuine desire to contribute to the mission of the Ella Baker Center.

Interns are expected to make at least an 8-week commitment for 12 - 20 hours per week.

Required qualifications and skills:

  • Exceptional writer.
  • Excellent communication skills and quick learner. Attention to detail.
  • Skills in layout, typography and design, knowledge of printing a plus.

How to apply:

Interested individuals should submit a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and writing sample to internship@ellabakercenter.org with Communications/Media Relations Intern in the subject line. Application open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as interviews will be offered on a rolling basis. The Ella Baker Center is committed to developing the leadership of individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system, individuals who are underrepresented in the communications/media relations field and other groups that have been marginalized are strongly encouraged to apply to our program.

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