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Criminal Justice Reform Research Intern (Fall 2023)



Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023

FWD.us is a bipartisan political organization that believes America’s families, communities, and economy thrive when more individuals are able to achieve their full potential. For too long, our broken immigration and criminal justice systems have locked too many people out of the American dream. Founded by leaders in the technology and business communities, we seek to grow and galvanize political support to break through partisan gridlock and achieve meaningful reforms. Together, we can move America forward.

FWD.us is seeking a talented communicator with strong writing skills for a paid, 25-30 hour per week research internship supporting our criminal justice advocacy work. This is an opportunity to conduct research, build valuable communications skills, and learn how a dynamic advocacy team operates in a fast-paced environment while supporting FWD.us’ larger strategic goals. In this role, you will help empower people impacted by the criminal legal system – and their families – share their experiences with the public and lawmakers. People who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be available to work 25-30 hours per week between the hours of 9:30am to 5:30pm EST for 4-6 months. Interns are paid $20/hr, plus benefits. This position will be expected to work on-site in either the Oakland, CA office on Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, and work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays – dependent upon the number or set hours.

For consideration, please submit a resume, a cover letter and​ contact information for two references on or before September 15, 2023. We are looking for someone to begin on September 25, 2023.

Specifically, you will:

  • Participate in ongoing qualitative and/or quantitative research, writing, data collection, and analysis. Prior experience in qualitative or quantitative research is a bonus but not required; training will be provided.
  • Assist with monitoring media outlets, legislative news, and other public information sources.
  • Engage in legislative and background research on laws, policies, academic research, and publicly-available data.
  • Draft memos and backgrounders that highlight research findings for use in internal and public-facing documents.
  • Support event organization and outreach efforts.
  • Assist with administrative tasks when necessary.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Dedication to the mission of FWD.us and an interest in advancing impactful criminal justice reform policies
  • Must have a strong interest in policy, government, and/or community organizing.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments, and deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

COVID-19 Considerations

FWD values the health and safety of our staff, their families, and our community. In support of these values, all FWD staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted. If selected for this job, incoming hires are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.

Equal Opportunity Employment/Diversity

We are an organization committed to making the world a better place for all people. Diversity is a source of our strength, and allows us to make better decisions, be more impactful, and excel at our jobs day to day. We see our internal commitment to diversity as reflective of how we view the world and the changes we want to see become reality.

This organization is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. The company strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees and applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, promotion, training, discipline and termination.

The organization understands that too often what are viewed as the traditional credentials are subjective criteria that exclude historically marginalized communities and act as barriers to hiring and recruiting the best candidates.

As part of FWD’s best hiring practices, we do not have educational requirements for any of our jobs. Many of our jobs do require specific interpersonal, skill-based, technical, policy or other requirements and applicants for those jobs will be evaluated based on their level of expertise, to include lived experience and work experience - which could have taken place at an educational institution or elsewhere.

FWD.us believes in fair chances and employment opportunities that benefit everyone. Ensuring that people who have had contact with the criminal justice system--including incarceration for serious offenses and substantial periods of time--have the opportunities upon their release to fully succeed and contribute to this country is central to our work and is a value to which we are absolutely committed to uphold in how we operate and who we hire. We do not conduct criminal background checks on applicants, unless required by state or federal law for specific roles.

The company makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to allow such persons to perform the essential functions of their jobs, to the extent required by law. Employees or applicants who would like to request a reasonable accommodation should contact Management. The company will also, where appropriate, provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices.