Research Intern, Food in Prisons Project at Impact Justice

Fields: food justice, correctional system, health, social justice, research

Location: DC,

About the Organization: Impact Justice is a non-profit innovation and research center committed to reducing the number of people involved in our criminal justice system, improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated, providing meaningful opportunities for successful re-entry, and attending to crime victims’ needs. Home to some of the foremost leaders in juvenile justice, violence prevention, research and evaluation, restorative justice, and youth development, Impact Justice provides an array of technical assistance to criminal justice and community stakeholders.

About the Position: We are looking for a research intern to support the development of a report on the state of food in confinement in the United States. This is an opportunity to work on an important conditions issue for the 2 million+ incarcerated individuals in the U.S. Our aim is to raise national awareness around poor food quality and related implications for human dignity, short and long-term health outcomes, and security in confinement. This position will operate with a high level of independence from Impact Justice’s DC office location.


  • Conduct outreach with stakeholders across the criminal justice field
  • Perform in-depth interviews with a select group of stakeholders
  • Help facilitate a focus group with formerly incarcerated individuals
  • Collect and summarize relevant literature and other sources
  • Contribute to the writing and preparation of papers

Part-time (up to 20 hrs/week). Start and end date flexible, but must be available for 12-16 weeks in the fall.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Current master’s student preferred but will consider strong undergraduate candidates
  • Strong ability to communicate orally and in writing (for example, is comfortable with conducting cold calls)
  • Previous experience in writing and research
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and ability to maintain detailed notes
  • Highly reliable; exercises discretion in communicating with different audiences
  • Self-starter and has demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal and social justice work

Estimated Salary: $20/hr, up 20 hours a week (flexible schedule)

Deadline: September 15, 2018

Apply Here:
Impact Justice


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