Policy and research INTERNSHIP



Oregon Justice Resource Center
Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC) is a public interest law firm and nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon. We provide legal services to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, with a particular focus on populations that have often been underserved in the past. We work to reform the criminal justice system in Oregon through our legal work, policy and advocacy initiatives, public education, communications, and strategic partnerships.

Policy and Research Intern
The Oregon Justice Resource Center seeks a summer policy and research intern. The summer policy and research intern will provide support to the Political Director to build policy platforms and targeted research aimed at transforming the criminal justice system. We’re looking for a graduate or advanced undergraduate student who is passionate about decreasing our state’s reliance on the criminal justice system and who is interested in the intersections between research, policy and reform.

Core duties:

  • Analyze district, city, county, and state policies and legislation
  • Track reforms from other states and compare historical trends
  • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews, compiling data and preparing issue memos
  • Help to build policy recommendations and advocacy platforms
  • Development of charts, graphs or informational pieces
  • Other administrative duties as assigned, including editing

Skills and qualifications

  • Interest in criminal justice reform
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting research, issue education, or data compilation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in MS office applications
  • Familiarity with statistics, qualitative and quantitative research through coursework is helpful
  • The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a strong interest in our mission - sense of humor is a plus.

How to apply

Applications for Summer 2017 internships have opened and will be accepted on a rolling basis with the first review of applications taking place now. Ideally the candidate will begin work the week of June 21. A minimum of 12 hours a week commitment is required.

OJRC is located in downtown Portland. This is an unpaid position but may be eligible for course credit. The position is designed to provide the applicant with professional research and policy experience. Whenever possible the interests of the applicant will be incorporated into research area focus.

Submit all materials by email to Kate Gonsalves, Political Director, Oregon Justice Resource Center, at kgonsalves@ojrc.info with the subject line “2017 Summer Policy and Research Intern”. 

Include in your application:

  • a cover letter and résumé in a single Word document or PDF
  • three references
  • a short writing sample (3-5 pages)

OJRC is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people who are LGBTQ, veterans, people with disabilities and people who are formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.

Download this internship description as a PDF.