Summer 2018 Criminal Justice Internship

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

2018 National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) Unpaid Internship - Summer

The Arc of the United States is seeking two undergraduate or graduate student interns to work full - or part - time at our Washington, D.C. office this summer.  The timing of the NCCJD internships is generally flexible during the 2018 calendar year, and we will post a separate announcement for academic semester opportunities.

The Arc is the nation’s leading advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families and works to promote and protect the rights of individuals with I/DD to ensure they can live independent lives in the community with necessary supports, free from discrimination. The Arc’s national office oversees a network of over 600 state and local chapters and has a long history of protecting the civil rights of individuals with I/DD and the broader disability community through advocacy, legislation, policy, and litigation on matters such as civil rights, community integration, housing, health care, long term supports and services, education, employment, supported decision-making, and criminal justice. The National Center for Criminal Justice and Disability is one of the national office’s criminal justice initiatives. Interested individuals can find out more about The Arc’s other programs and initiatives on our website,

The National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) is the first national effort to bring together both victim/witness and suspect/defendant/incarcerated person issues involving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) under one roof. NCCJD serves as a national clearinghouse for information and training on the topic of people with I/DD as victims, witnesses and suspects or defendants. NCCJD partners with a broad spectrum of criminal justice professionals, including those in the law enforcement, legal, and disability fields at the national, state, and local levels, to help ensure fair access to justice for people with I/DD who become involved in the criminal justice system. NCCJD’s work includes: production of resources/fact sheets/briefs on relevant issues; drafting Pathways to Justice materials and other criminal justice professional trainings; information and referral services for individuals and organizations; policy and legal consultation; and online resource production. Learn more at

What You Will Learn: 

The intern will work under the supervision of the Program Manager/Attorney for Criminal Justice Initiatives in Washington, D.C. to perform varied tasks. They may do any of the following, in addition to other opportunities:

  1. Respond to information and referral questions by providing resources, information, consultation with attorneys, or otherwise answering questions from the general public;
  2. Conduct research on a variety of issues involving criminal justice and disability and assist in the development of fact sheets, infographics, and databases;
  3. Help refine and conduct Pathways to Justice trainings and other training curricula;
  4. Draft social media posts, press releases, blogs, etc.; and
  5. Assist in a variety of other tasks as they arise.

NCCJD and The Arc sometimes play a role in litigation/legal activities (amicus curiae briefs, clemency petitions, etc.). In this position, the intern(s) will learn and improve their communication, research, writing, and oral presentation skills; gain substantive disability and criminal justice knowledge; and obtain general work experience, including program management skills.  

What We Require: 

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited university 
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest, policy, and/or advocacy work 
  • History or interest in criminal justice and/or disability rights 


This is an unpaid internship. Two positions are currently open and will be filled on a rolling basis by May 25th, 2018.

To apply, visit 

The Arc is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. The Arc provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. If you require a disability-related accommodation to complete the application process or have other questions about the application process, please email Whitney Wilson at

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