National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® (NCCJD®) Internship - Summer 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability Internship - Summer 2019

The Arc of the United States is seeking two undergraduate or graduate student interns to work full-time at our Washington, D.C. office this summer. The timing of NCCJD internships is generally flexible during the 2019 calendar year, and we will post separate announcements 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 the 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, training, and technical assistance on the topic of people with I/DD as victims, witnesses, suspects, and 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; delivering Pathways to Justice<sup>®</sup> and other criminal justice professional trainings; information and referral services for individuals and organizations; and policy and legal consultation. Learn more at


What You Will Learn:

The interns will work under the supervision of the Senior 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 resource sheets, infographics, and databases;
  3. Help refine and conduct Pathways to Justice<sup>®</sup> 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.

This is mainly an advocacy-based position, although NCCJD and The Arc do sometimes play a role in litigation/legal activities (amicus curiae briefs, clemency petitions, etc.). In this position, interns will learn and improve their communication, research, writing, and oral presentation skills; gain substantive disability and criminal justice knowledge; and obtain general work experience.

What We Require:

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


This is an unpaid internship. People who are not currently students are NOT eligible to apply. Two positions are currently open and will be filled on a rolling basis by May 15th, 2019.

The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please visit the contact us page on the web;



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