LSPC/ All of Us or None is extending the application deadline for fall internships and is seeking applications from formerly incarcerated people and their family members!
Stipends available for directly-impacted interns!
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)/ All of Us or None is looking applicants with a strong commitment to social justice and prison reform/ abolition for its fall 2017 internship term.
LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights, and to reunify families and communities. We build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts, and prison system and advance racial and gender justice in all our work.
About the internship:
LSPC seeks dedicated interns to assist with its community organizing, law and policy, and administrative support work. Applicants with experience and/ or interest in any or all of the following areas are encouraged to apply. We also strongly encourage applications from individuals personally impacted by systems of mass incarceration and can provide stipends to interns with direct or family experience with the criminal justice system.
Interns may be assigned to one or more of the following types of projects, depending on the applicant’s skills, educational background, experience, and interests:
- Family Unity Project support: This program focuses on the impact of incarceration on children and family members, as well as helping incarcerated parents stay connected with their children. We believe all children have the right to lifelong relationships with their parents, so we help parents in prison enforce their rights to be visited by their children. Within this project, we engage in impact litigation, write reports and conduct investigations, and make educational presentations to a variety of forums.
- Law and policy support: LSPC fights to change the legal structures that perpetuate the oppression of people of color and low-income people through policing, criminal records, and incarceration. While we do not take individual cases, we do litigate a small number of impact cases. We also engage in legislative and administrative policy advocacy by sponsoring bills and lobbying at a state and local level. Our legal staff and interns also periodically provide legal information during record clearance clinics. Priority is given to law students in assignment of law and policy projects.
- All of Us or None organizing: AOUON is a collective of formerly incarcerated people, their loved ones, and allies organizing communities to end the discrimination faced by formerly incarcerated people in areas of employment, housing, education, and social. Interns may assist AOUON with planning or staffing community events, conducting outreach, and various administrative support.
- Answering prisoner letters: We receive a significant number of letters from prisoners regarding a variety of issues and respond with legal information and referrals. Interns are able to gain experience researching case law, communicating with clients, and conducting real-life problem solving for this work, as well as gain familiarity with California criminal, family, and civil rights law.
- Updating manuals: We publish several manuals and informational packets regarding prison issues, civil rights, and California family and criminal law. These materials are designed to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people legally represent themselves and interns may assist with updating or writing these materials.
- Communications and media support: LSPC maintains ongoing communication with legal services providers, communities directly impacted by incarceration, allies, and the public through our social media pages, website and blog, monthly e-news, op-eds and press releases, and annual Justice Journal, among other means. Applications are encouraged from individuals with communications experience.
- Fundraising support: Interns with fundraising background and/ or interest may assist our development team by providing support in drafting donor communications, tracking staff progress on grant deliverables, managing grant applications and reporting deadlines, and managing peer-to-peer fundraising.
Fall internships require an 8 to 10-hour per week minimum commitment and run from September to December. All internships take place at our San Francisco office.
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and short (5 pages or fewer) writing sample to Brittany Stonesifer at email@example.com. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until August 31, 2017.
Please indicate in your cover letter which of the above project area(s) you are interested in working in. Ideal candidates have a demonstrated commitment to racial, gender, and/ or economic justice and strong research and writing skills. Writing samples of any kind, including excerpts, are accepted; please choose a piece that you feel highlights your writing and analytical skills and/ or dedication to social justice.