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Reentry Book Club Internship

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Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop is a non-profit that works with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults. Our mission is to use the literary arts, workforce development, and violence prevention to connect incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their voices, their purpose, and the wider community. By employing a unique program model that includes a book club, creative writing workshops, job readiness training, and classroom outreach, we support our members as they heal from violence and pursue education and employment post-incarceration. We are currently seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic individual to serve as the Reentry Book Club Intern. This position is a great fit for students interested in social justice, mass incarceration, workforce development, social work, education, or creative writing.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with virtual reentry programming and services, including coordinating with facilitators, creating session plans, and handling Zoom technology
  • Assisting formerly incarcerated youths and adults with resumes and job applications
  • Attending events to learn more about the criminal legal system and reform efforts
  • Support Reentry Coaches with locating members released from jail or prison
  • Tracking member engagement for case management and data evaluation purposes
  • Researching information on job training and educational programs
  • Assisting with member-led advocacy campaigns
  • Assisting with other member-led initiatives as needed, such as our Black History learning group, leadership development programming, peer support training program, and credit building project
  • Writing content for our newsletter, the Free Minds Connect, distributed to 500+ members in the federal prison system
  • Assisting with the preparation and planning of our “On the Same Page” community engagement program
  • Assisting with other program support as needed

 

This position is for 10-20 hours per week. In addition to regular business hours, we have evening programming on Wednesdays; candidates must be available during this time. The ideal candidate will have flexible hours and may be responsive to communication outside of regularly scheduled hours as needed to address member needs. This internship will likely be a hybrid in-person and telework position as our office re-opens this winter.

This internship offers a unique chance to make a direct and meaningful impact in the lives of people affected by mass incarceration, using the innovative tools of books and poetry. Internship available starting in January. Start/end dates are flexible but we ask for at least a 12-week commitment. Please visit www.freemindsbookclub.org for more information on our program.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in the nonprofit sector and social justice
  • Flexible self-starter with willingness to take on a variety of assignments
  • Strong work ethic and a good sense of humor
  • Experience with Zoom
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and/or Google Sheets a plus
  • Experience with Miro or other digital whiteboards a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage time effectively and work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Passion for books, creative writing, and the power of expression as a tool for change
  • Available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week

 

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop is an equal opportunity employer.

Individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop is a non-profit that works with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults. Our mission is to use the literary arts, workforce development, and violence prevention to connect…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    January 17, 2022
  • End Date
    May 31, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    December 15, 2021
  • Internship Benefits
    Academic Credits
  • Payment
    Stipend
  • Hours Per Week
    10-20 hours per week

Benefits

For interns whose internship is not funded by the university or a third party, we will offer a stipend to defray commuting and living costs; the stipend may vary depending on the time commitment.

For interns whose internship is not funded by the university or a third party, we will offer a stipend to defray commuting and living costs; the stipend may vary depending on the time…

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Please send your cover letter and resume. Please include your availability (how many hours per week you are available, as well as specific days/times). The Free Minds office is open M-F, 9-6, with evening programming on Wednesdays (6-8).

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Location

On-site
1816 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Free Minds Book Club

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