Intern with PFJ


We are seeking a few fantastic interns to help Partners for Justice build our program and change the justice system in America -- one life at a time.

The Intern Experience

Internships are based in PFJ's New York office and last for 10 weeks over the fall, spring or summer semester (specific dates are flexible).  Each intern will work directly with PFJ's co-founders to design and deliver a substantive project based on the intern's skills and interests, and related to PFJ's organizational or programmatic development.  Sample projects could include:

  • Help build a vetted network of community partners to support PFJ’s work in Wilmington and Oakland by identifying the very best treatment facilities, civil legal practitioners, emergency housing options, and other vital service providers

  • Work with our monitoring & evaluation team to develop the key metrics and data collection processes that we will use to understand PFJ’s impact as a new pilot program and ensure our services are as effective as possible over time

  • Develop an omni-channel communications plan to support PFJ’s program launch, including identifying potential opportunities to spread the word about PFJ and developing content to tell PFJ’s story through specific channels

In addition, interns may be asked to take on some operational responsibilities, such as preparing meeting materials, contributing to PFJ's social media accounts, supporting grant applications, or tracking donor contributions.


Who You Are

  • An undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Passionate about public service, social justice, civil rights, or poverty alleviation

  • Interested in learning about how the legal system and state/municipal governments operate

  • Able to take initiative and work independently; excellent writing skills and strong attention to detail

  • Able to commit to a 10-week internship based in New York City

What You Will Gain From Your PFJ Internship

  • Experience building a new program and organization – and a glimpse into the life of a social entrepreneur!

  • The opportunity to work directly with PFJ’s co-founders, including day-to-day coaching, a end-of-summer review, and a letter of reference

  • An understanding of how the U.S. legal system and government agencies operate

  • Experience leading a concrete project that will be completed by the end of the summer

  • The satisfaction of making a vital difference in the lives of people in low-income communities

At this time, summer internships are unpaid positions. However, we encourage you to explore support that your educational institution might provide (course credit, internship stipends) and we are happy to help you with any associated requirements.

How to Apply


Internship selection has two steps: an application and an interview.  To submit an application, please email with a resume and a recent transcript.  In lieu of a cover letter, please include short written responses (250 words max) to these questions:

  • Why are you interested in an internship with PFJ?

  • What is an impact you've made that you are most proud of?

  • Tell us about a time when you had to overcome an obstacle

Fall and spring semester internships are available on a rolling basis. Application dates for summer internships will be published in the spring.