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Restore Justice was founded in 2015 by a group of seasoned advocates—including former Human Rights Watch staff and public defenders, inmate and victim family members, and formerly incarcerated people—because we believe every human being deserves dignity, even those who have committed serious crimes. We work toward a day when the criminal justice system in Illinois treats every case as an opportunity to heal individuals and communities.

Are you ready to apply your talents to make a difference for incarcerated individuals and their families? Do you want to be challenged all the time at work,  learn a ton of stuff, have a lot of fun, be inspired frequently, and make a significant impact?  Join us!

Research & Communications Intern (Spring 2018)

Title:  Research & Communications Intern
Type:  Part-Time / Seasonal
Level:  Internship/Volunteer
Location:  Chicago, IL
Reports to:  Associate Director, Program Operations
Application Deadline:  Open until filled

Restore Justice seeks an undergraduate Research and Communications Intern for the Spring 2018 semester to support the organization’s communications and outreach efforts. We are a 501 c 3 non-profit organization founded in 2015. Based in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, we currently get things done with a staff of four (2 FT, 2 PT) and an active corps of volunteer board members.

Core Areas of Work

Research Assistance

The intern will use online resources to conduct research, including reviewing and analyzing media articles, policy papers, and reports from academic institutions and non-profit organizations.


Interns will track Illinois criminal justice legislation and monitor local and national news outlets for developments in sentencing and prison policy that is relevant to the work of Restore Justice. They will also assist with the development of content for newsletters, social media, mailings, programs, and presentations.


Interns will assist with the planning of outreach and fundraising events for Restore Justice, including advocacy training, external partnerships, and Restore Justice’s annual fundraiser, Stories of Second Chances. They will play an integral role in developing the event programs and coordinating promotions, while also providing logistical and administrative support.

A Successful Candidate will…

  • Love continuous learning and display an interest in criminal justice, human rights, and/or civil rights issues.
  • Have excellent written communication skills and a strong grasp of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style.
  • Communicate efficiently and compassionately with a wide range of individuals from different backgrounds.
  • Be an efficient self-starter who can manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Important Details

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The positions will remain open until filled.
  • Internship positions are unpaid.
  • Students may be able to arrange academic credit, as interns will receive direct exposure to the workings of a growing criminal justice reform organization, close supervision by RJ staff, interaction with other organizations and domestic government officials, and the opportunity to attend lectures, trainings, and special events related to criminal justice and the Illinois prison system.
  • Schedule is flexible, but an ideal candidate will be able to commit to 10+ hours per week for a minimum of 4 months.
  • We aspire to be a workplace that promotes balance and health.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all to apply.

If you would like assistance with any aspect of the hiring process, please elaborate in an email to

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references*, to:

Claire Gaiefsky, Associate Director of Program Operations (pronouns: she/her)

Or by mail:

Claire Gaiefsky, Associate Director of Program Operations (pronouns: she/her)
Restore Justice Foundation
PO Box 101099
Chicago, IL 60610

*References will not be contacted without your advance approval.

Due to limited staff capacity, we are unable to take phone calls about the positions offered or individual application statuses.  Please direct your queries to the appropriate inbox and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

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