(Part Time Position in Washington D.C.)
Who We Are
Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. We imagine, build, and scale innovations, leverage research and other knowledge to connect the desire for change with informed action, and work to shift the narrative so that decision-makers and the public understand what’s at stake and what’s possible.
Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people caught up in harmful legal systems by creating alternatives that are responsive, restorative, fair, and effective; to improve living conditions and life outcomes and safeguard fundamental human rights for the millions of people still subject to mass incarceration; and to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated and other system-involved people to heal, fully participate in community life, and reach their potential. We operate from the understanding that the struggle for justice takes place in a context of historic, systemic, and pervasive racism.
We are a diverse and allied staff of reformers, transformers, abolitionists, and dreamers who bring a wide range of knowledge, skill, and life experience to the challenging work we undertake together. We’re committed to living our values and to creating the kinds of equitable and inclusive team environments internally that we fight to help create in our broader communities. This includes providing opportunities to all job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, criminal history, disability, or genetics. The organization strongly encourages people of color, individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities, and individuals impacted by the legal system to join the team. A majority of individuals on our current executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ. We are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities. Check us out at www.impactjustice.org.
A project of Impact Justice, the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) leads the nationwide effort to eliminate all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement in the U.S. through implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The PRC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Impact Justice and overseen by the PREA Management Office (PMO) at BJA. The PRC was created in 2010 to ensure that meaningful federal assistance supports the statutory mandate that prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, and lockups comply with the PREA Standards, and to support the DOJ PREA audit function.
The PRC’s training and technical assistance initiatives provide crucial guidance to state, local, and tribal corrections, juvenile justice, and law enforcement agencies as they work to achieve sexual safety and implement the PREA Standards in their facilities. The PRC serves as an essential clearinghouse of information and resources for agencies working to implement the PREA Standards. It delivers free training and technical assistance through the PREA Site-Based Technical Assistance program to BJA grantees, as well as other agencies across the country upon request, and maintains a robust library of resources. Impact Justice’s related PREA programs also include the Targeted Implementation Planning and Support Program (TIPS), which is a federal funding opportunity specifically for locally operated small-to-medium-sized jails, juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, lockups, and tribal facilities. The PRC also trains DOJ Certified PREA Auditors and assists BJA with every aspect of the PREA audit function.
The PREA Resource Center team includes 35+ professionals representing significant diversity across the fields of corrections, juvenile justice, sexual assault prevention, and public health.
The Internship Program
We are looking for an intern who has completed at least two years of college or is in a graduate program to assist in administering and configuring technologically advanced information systems (i.e., Salesforce and the PRC’s Learning Management System) and to support data-driven decision making as a part of the information systems division of Impact Justice’s Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) portfolio.
The candidate will also assist with using data analysis methods to assess PREA implementation for sites that have received technical assistance and grants through the TIPS program. The successful candidate will be a problem-solver who is detail-oriented, has strong communication skills, and is able to manage multiple moving pieces and tasks in a timely and efficient manner.
Bring your curiosity and eagerness to Impact Justice and learn about information systems and the data they hold, how to analyze the data, and how the systems and analyses assist with project processes, continuous quality improvement, and decision making. Applicants should also be comfortable working in a complex, deadline-driven environment.
This position will be provided with ample training, will be closely supervised and will work alongside various members of the team.
Who You Are
Interested applicants for this internship position should consider the learning opportunities that are afforded through this 10-week program. During this program, the work that you will engage in can provide significant educational benefits.
- You are interested in learning more about criminal justice reform.
- You possess the ability to collaborate and work with a diverse team.
- You have strong writing and verbal communication skills.
- You demonstrate strong analytical and problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
- You have the ability to work independently and possess strong organizational skills.
- You are excited and eager to learn new IT systems and work with data.
That said, we know there are great candidates who may not think they fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself! And if you’re a formerly incarcerated individual or someone who has a family member who is or has been incarcerated, we will be particularly excited to hear from you.
What You Will Do
You will assist with using data analysis methods to assess PREA implementation for sites that have received technical assistance and grants through the TIPS program. Specifically, your core responsibilities will include:
- Systems Administration – You will serve in a supportive role to the administrative functions in various PREA information systems, including the PRC’s Salesforce instance. This includes making configuration changes; updating learner enrollments; building new courses into our learning management system; building reports, list-views, and email templates; creating or updating fields and page layouts; building forms and form connectors; importing records; building automation and evaluating new features; and managing online resources.
- Data Analysis – You will participate in the PRC data analytics portfolio, including: cleaning data in preparation for data analysis and conducting routine data analysis and descriptive statistics on data housed in the PRC’s Salesforce instance and other databases.
- Administrative Support – You will provide support to the data, information systems, and strategic planning and analysis teams as needed. This includes coordinating meeting logistics, taking meeting minutes, and routine data cleaning and entry.
Examples of Technologies We Use:
- Google Suite
- Microsoft Office Suite
This is an internship, part time position, eligible to work up to 28 hr/week. The complete program duration is 10 weeks, and no extensions will be authorized. The start date is Tuesday, 6/20/23. The end date for the program is Fri. 8/25/23. The hourly rate of pay is $20/hr. As seasonal employees, interns are not eligible for paid holidays, paid time off or IJ benefits. We are open to providing academic credit for this position where applicable, so please let us know in your cover letter if this is an option for you.
Interested applicants for this internship should consider the learning opportunities that are afforded through this ten-week program. During this program, the work that you will engage in can provide significant educational benefits.
This position is based in our Washington, DC office, where all DC-based staff currently work under a hybrid schedule. This includes coming into the office at minimum two days a week and working remotely for the remaining days. We ARE NOT considering fully remote staff for this position.
COVID-19 Vaccination is a condition of employment for all employees and interns. We require employees and interns to be fully vaccinated and up to date per the CDC guidance.
If this all sounds like a good fit for you, please send your resume and a brief email or letter explaining why you are interested in the role and why we should be particularly interested in you! You can send this to PRCIntern@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for PRC Intern. We plan on making decisions on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply the better.
Elements of the Impact Justice hiring process may include phone screen interviews, candidate exercises (written or presentations), Zoom interviews, in-person interviews, and reference checks. Candidates are welcome to ask for alternative arrangements in the process if needed (for example, conducting an interview via phone rather than Zoom), Impact Justice will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests. Please communicate any alternative arrangements requested via the hiring email listed above.