FWD.us is a bipartisan political organization that believes America’s families, communities, and economy thrive when more individuals are able to achieve their full potential. For too long, our broken immigration and criminal justice systems have locked too many people out of the American dream. Founded by leaders in the technology and business communities, we seek to grow and galvanize political support to break through partisan gridlock and achieve meaningful reforms. Together, we can move America forward.
FWD.us is seeking a talented individual with a passion for advocacy, for a part-time, paid internship supporting our Mississippi advocacy work. The Mississippi team has been advocating to reduce the state’s dangerously high prison population since 2018. During the 2021 legislative session, our team was a part of a coalition of advocates that worked on the Mississippi Expanded Parole Eligibility Act, SB 2795, which significantly increased parole eligibility in Mississippi. This is an exciting opportunity to build valuable communication skills and learn how a dynamic advocacy team operates in a fast-paced environment while supporting FWD.us’ larger strategic goals.
The Mississippi Criminal Justice Reform Intern will report to the Mississippi State Director for Criminal Justice Reform. The intern may begin working remotely until FWD offices are able to safely reopen (expected reopening in early 2022), at which time the intern will be expected to work out of the Jackson office three days a week.
Compensation and Benefits
Applicants should be able to work part-time on weekdays from January to May 2022. Interns are paid $18/hr, plus benefits and expected to work 20-30 hours per week.
For consideration, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references by 5:00 p.m. ET on November 5, 2021. The preferred start date for this position is January 2022 and will be remote until our offices reopen in early 2022. People who have been impacted by the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Strong organizational skills, with the ability to adapt and meet deadlines
- Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
- Strong verbal and written communications skills.
- Background or interest in criminal justice reform, public policy, government, law, social work, psychology, political science, advocacy, or community organizing preferred, but not required
- Attend legislative hearings and community meetings related to criminal justice reform with the Mississippi State Director.
- Draft campaign updates to coalition partners who are working to advance criminal justice reform in Mississippi.
- Assist the state director with providing information to currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families about the recent parole expansion.
- Conduct research and draft presentations and other advocacy materials to support FWD’s criminal justice campaign in Mississippi
Equal Opportunity Employment/Diversity
We are an organization committed to making the world a better place for all people. Diversity is the source of our strength, and allows us to make better decisions, be more impactful, and be better at our jobs day to day. We see our internal commitment to diversity to be reflective of how we view the world and the changes we want to see become reality.
This company is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applications for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, promotion, discipline and termination.
Whenever possible, the company makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law. Applicants who would like to request a reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources.