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 Opportunity

Oakland, CA

Fall 2018 Law/Policy Intern

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is currently accepting internship applications for our Fall 2018 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.

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.