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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: Paid part-time, at least 16 hours per week, one or two academic semesters

Department: Criminal Justice

Report to: Director of Litigation Strategy

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 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:

  • 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

  • This internship is open to current second or third year law students and recent law graduates.


  • Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills
  • 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 work both collaboratively and independently
  • Strong self-direction and self-motivation skills
  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable with change
  • Creative and innovative mindset to strategically partner with team members
  • Confident, humble, intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, and receptive to feedback
  • Action-oriented with the ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion
  • 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

Core Values

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference.

  • Respect for Ourselves & Others
  • Audacious Action
  • Collaborative Engagement
  • Depth of Thought
  • Clear Communication

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

Please include your resume, a cover letter, and one writing sample in your application.