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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 Policing Intern

Paid Full-Time Internship, Summer 2019

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 Policing Intern to help the Policing team develop a network of strong relationships across organizations working in the fields of law enforcement, mental and behavioral health advocacy, homelessness advocacy, and the federal government to advance the strategic goals of building police-community trust and improving public safety through fair and effective policing. This individual will help the Arnold Ventures Policing team to establish mutually beneficial partnerships and formally recognize and learn from institutional expertise, years of issue engagement, and a wealth of knowledge on issues relevant to the policing domain. The Criminal Justice Policing Intern will report to the Manager of Criminal Justice for this domain.

Core Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Manager of Criminal Justice, help develop content for and conduct in person meetings with leading representatives from stakeholder organizations working in the policing field and on issues related to police response to mental health, drug use, and homelessness;
  • Synthesize and present lessons learned from stakeholder meetings to help develop and inform an external engagement strategy that will advance the goals of the policing team to achieve impactful policy change;
  • Engage and support the daily work of the Policing team, including researching, assessing, and developing potential policy areas and projects.

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 degree in a relevant field such as such as criminology/criminal justice, sociology, law, public policy, statistics, or economics.

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 Policing Intern.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.