Innocence Network Summer 2017 Intern


The Innocence Network is an affiliation of 69 organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions, and supporting the exonerated after they are freed in the United States and abroad. The Innocence Project, a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate the innocent through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system, is one of the founding members of the Innocence Network and provides support for the Innocence Network Support Unit, a team of four employees who help facilitate the work of the Network.

The Innocence Network Support Unit is seeking an intern to support the operational activities of the Innocence Network. The Network Intern will report to the Network Operations Associate and will work with other members of the Network Support Unit. The intern can expect to gain direct exposure to various areas of non-profit management as well as exposure to a national coalition of criminal justice reform organizations. This is an unpaid internship, but letters of recommendation and documentation of the internship for course credit can be provided upon completion. The internship is based in the Innocence Project office in lower Manhattan and requires a minimum commitment of at least two full days a week; however, the time frame and schedule are flexible. Please note that this is not a legal internship and is better suited for individuals looking to pursue careers in the non-profit management sector.


  • The Network Intern will gain valuable event planning experience by assisting with the preparation of events and materials for the 2018 Innocence Network Conference, an annual gathering of innocence attorneys, exonerees, and many other members of the innocence movement, in Memphis, Tennessee, including researching a restaurant venue for the Network Executive Board Meeting and tourist attractions in Memphis
  • The Network Intern will gain an understanding of nonprofit and educational communications and promotional efforts by drafting content for the Network newsletter and Facebook page and assisting with the planning and development of materials for Wrongful Conviction Day, an international day to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction, in October
  • The Network Intern will learn the basics of various platforms, programs, and databases such as Salesforce, Yammer intranet platform, Google Groups listservs, and WordPress by assisting with the daily maintenance of those programs to facilitate resource sharing and communication among Network member organizations
  • The Network Intern will learn how membership coalitions operate and assist with the processing of the Network’s annual membership dues and updating of contact information for Network members
  • The Network Intern will gain valuable analytic and research experience in a range of different areas through assistance with special projects, such as researching legal victories and death row exonerations as well as online collaboration and project management platforms
  • The Intern will assist with other special projects as needed and relevant


  • A passion for the Network’s work and an interest in organizational development and nonprofit management
  • Strong organizational and writing skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint and Excel
  • Efficient database management skills
  • Knowledge of WordPress and Salesforce a plus but not required
  • Design skills and knowledge of Photoshop a plus but not required


  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Particular eye for systems and operational management
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for delivering high-quality work 


This is an unpaid internship.  Letters of recommendation and documentation of internship for course credit can be provided upon completion.


The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission.  We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.


Please e-mail a cover letter and current resume in a single PDF document to [email protected] with 2017 Network Summer Internship in the subject line. Please consider your interest in the mission of the Innocence Network, your desire to pursue a career in the nonprofit and/or criminal justice reform sector, and your qualifications as they relate to this job description while drafting your cover letter. No phone calls, please.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.