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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. Our mission is to improve lives by investing in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.

Position: Criminal Justice Corrections Reform Intern

Terms: Paid Full-Time Internship, Summer 2019

Location: Washington, D.C.

Arnold Ventures' Criminal Justice initiative aims to advance community safety and the values of fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice. We fund innovative work in five domains: Policing, Pretrial Justice, Community Supervision, Prisons, and Reintegration. The Initiative works with teams of experts from inside and outside government and across disciplines to reform the U.S. criminal justice system through research, evidence, testing innovative pilot programs, and policy change.

We are seeking a Criminal Justice Corrections Reform Intern to help provide research, analytical, and operational support to the corrections team. This individual will work closely with team members on diverse substantive projects and gain practical, hands-on experience in supporting the development and management of research, policy, and advocacy initiatives and high-impact philanthropic projects in the field of criminal justice. The Criminal Justice, Corrections Reform Intern will report to the Director of Criminal Justice working on this domain.

Core Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Director of Criminal Justice, research, assess, and develop potential policy areas and projects, with a particular focus on the topics of community supervision, prison policies, sentencing and legislative reforms, fines and fees, reentry and reintegration;
  • Engage and support the daily work of the Community Supervision team, including assisting in the management of proposals and active grants;
  • Develop content for internal and external purposes, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports for AV’s Board, Vice President and Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice Initiative.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects;
  • Capacity to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced work environment;
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex policy and research questions;
  • Ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion;
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Strong leadership skills, self-direction, and self-motivation.

Required Education:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field such as such as criminology/criminal justice, sociology, law, public policy, statistics, or economic

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system;
  • Self-motivated and proactive;
  • Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable with change;
  • Creative and innovative;
  • Confident and humble;
  • Team-oriented and collaborative, yet also able to work well independently;
  • Able to interact confidently with junior, senior, and executive team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals impacted by the justice system.

We are interested in receiving applications from qualified candidates who have been directly impacted by the systems we are seeking to change.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, a cover letter that indicates how you learned about this position, two writing samples, and contact information for three references to In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of “Criminal Justice Corrections Reform Intern.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.