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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Competitive hourly rate based on qualifications

Terms: Part-time position, at least 16 hours per week, one or two academic semesters

Department: Criminal Justice

Reports to: Director of Strategic Litigation

Travel: Minimal travel expected

Position Overview

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 Legal Intern to work with the Criminal Justice team to help build a portfolio of litigation investments in pursuit of criminal justice reform.

Core Responsibilities

The Criminal Justice Legal Intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working in collaboration with the Director of Strategic Litigation on a variety of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Researching, assessing, and developing potential litigation projects in our issues areas of Policing, Pretrial Justice, Community Supervision, Prisons, and Reintegration
  • Identifying trends in criminal justice litigation and mapping organizations and individuals that can successfully use legal strategies to advance criminal justice reform
  • Tracking litigation on important criminal justice matters and researching novel legal criminal justice issues
  • Developing content for internal and external purposes, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, policy summaries, literature reviews, and Board meeting materials for Arnold Ventures' Board, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice Initiative

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current second or third year law students or recent law graduates.
  • Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Capacity to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Strong self-direction and self-motivation skills

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable with change
  • 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 and your available hours; a recent writing sample from school (no more than 10 pages in length); and contact information for three references to

In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of Criminal Justice Legal Intern. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.