Summer Intern 2023: Accountability and Strategic Initiatives

Civil Rights Corps (CRC), an abolitionist and innovative D.C. based non-profit civil rights organization, invites applications from current law students at University of Baltimore Law School to join our team for the summer of 2023 to help expand our prosecutorial accountability work to Maryland. Founded in 2016, CRC challenges wealth-based and race-based systems of oppression through radical and movement lawyering and advocacy, and close partnerships with impacted communities and organizations. CRC has won groundbreaking litigation challenging the rise of debtors’ prisons, abusive private probation schemes, and wealth-based pre-trial detention. In conjunction with a coalition of law professors, attorneys, impacted community members, and others, we launched a project called AccountabilityNY which resulted in the filing of many ethics complaints against New York prosecutors. In all of our work, CRC is guided by abolitionist principles, collaborates closely with community partners, and is committed to fundamentally transforming the criminal system. Our staff consists of passionate and dedicated advocates with a profound commitment to social justice and fighting inequality in all its forms. Learn more about our work at civilrightscorps.org.

CRC is recruiting one summer intern from the University of Baltimore Law School to help us bring our Prosecutorial Accountability work to Maryland and to support the other work of the Accountability and Strategic Initiatives Departments at CRC. The intern is welcome, but not required, to work at CRC’s D.C. office during the internship. One of the intern’s supervisors is based in Baltimore and will be available for in-person meetings and co-working.

Summer interns will have a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge civil rights projects in a fast-paced environment. Interns will work closely with CRC staff to investigate and challenge systemic injustice in the criminal legal system. Although the intern’s work will focus on prosecutorial misconduct in Maryland, the intern will have ample opportunity to participate in a wide variety of tasks, including, for example, writing legal documents, conducting legal research, reviewing documents, and preparing legal memoranda. Our ideal candidate will have an unflagging commitment to our mission, a sense of urgency about the need to disrupt a criminal system that devastates lives every day, and strong research, writing, and communication skills.

Our summer internship program offers an opportunity to work closely with attorneys, and learn from organized panels and trainings dedicated to cultivating legal writing and advocacy skills, and deepening their understanding of legal career paths, among other discussion topics driven in part by intern interest. In the past, we have invited reporters, attorneys, activists, impacted community members, and others whose work intersects with ours for our lunch speaker series.

The intern will be expected to apply for any funding offered by their law school, but CRC will guarantee a salary of $18 an hour in the event that outside support is unavailable. Public transportation will also be subsidized.

Applications for Summer 2023 placement will be reviewed as they are received on a rolling basis through February 24, 2023. Students should submit a resume, cover letter that outlines their interest in CRC, unofficial law school transcript, and two references to jobs@civilrightscorps.org with subject “SUMMER 2023 INTERN: ACCOUNTABILITY AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES.” We may request a writing sample at a later point in the process. CRC is an equal opportunity employer. We greatly value a diverse workforce and management team and an inclusive culture. CRC is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients and staff.