Internship Experience

Georgia Justice Project has earned a reputation as a great place to spend a semester or a summer during college or graduate school learning and serving others.  We offer three tracks of internships — (1) legal internships for law school students throughout the year, (2) social work internships for BSW and MSW students throughout the school year and (3) undergraduate internships in the summer.  All internships are unpaid.  Through participation in our internship programs, students gain first-hand experience with the realities facing our clients—the indigent, criminally accused and their families.  No matter the track, all Georgia Justice Project interns participate in weekly reflections, group readings, immersion learning day trips and other group activities.  They plan and participate in client events and service projects.  No day is the same and all days are full.

GJP staff attorneys, social workers, community supporters and partners all share a deep commitment to creating, developing and implementing sustainable client programs and policies which offer real solutions to the needs of our clients.  We invite students who are interested in criminal justice and who share our commitment to the poor to apply. 

  1. GJP Legal Internship

GJP interns assist with all three facets of legal representation at GJP – (1) criminal defense; (2) criminal records; and (3) policy advocacy.

  • Criminal Defense:  GJP provides representation to indigent criminal defendants in municipal, state and superior court (felonies and misdemeanors).  Students work in preparing all aspects of a case. During the semester, students will assist in interviewing potential clients, gathering information from court and police personnel, visiting crime scenes, interviewing witnesses, negotiating with probation officers and district attorneys, legal research, writing and filing motions, and observing in court proceedings. 
  • Criminal Records:  GJP assists clients whose criminal record acts as a barrier to opportunities, such as employment and housing.  We do so by filing applications for record restriction (expungement) of their criminal records, as well as filing related Motions and Petitions.  Work can also include making corrections to criminal histories and applying for pardons.  In addition to these tasks, students may also assist with legal research and writing needs related to criminal records issues.
  • Policy Advocacy: GJP’s policy work aims to remove the legal barriers faced by those with a criminal record. GJP has established itself as a subject matter expert with legislators by providing factual data and first-hand testimony about the impact of Georgia’s laws on low-wealth individuals with a criminal record. GJP’s current priorities are to eliminate barriers to housing for people with a criminal record and to expand mechanisms for the restriction and sealing of conviction information. 

We accept applications for summer interns, as well as fall/spring externs.  Although our law school interns are not paid, most secure funding elsewhere.  Spaces for the legal track are extremely competitive and are limited.  Serious candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Summer Law School Internship

  • Please submit a cover letter detailing how you heard about GJP and why you want to intern here, resumé, current law school transcript and legal writing sample.  Please direct your inquiries and completed application to molly@GJP.org
  • Application submission deadline:  February 1, 2018, but we review applications on a rolling basis so we strongly encourage you to apply early
  • Final offers extended by March 1, 2018
  1. GJP Social Work Internship

Our social work interns come to us from CSWE-accredited programs during the school year.  Both BSW and MSW students are considered.  Currently, we are working with students from Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University.

Please submit a cover letter detailing how you heard about GJP and why you want to intern here, resumé and current transcript.  Please direct your inquiries and completed application to julie@gjp.org.

  1. GJP Undergraduate Summer Internship

Our undergraduate summer interns are immersed in the day-to-day work of our social services and operations team during their six to eight week internship.  They experience the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations, client intake procedures, program development and implementation, employment search and support services, jail visits, event planning and logistics, marketing and communications and a host of related activities.  The summer culminates with the planning and execution of our annual Back to School event for our client families (over 200 youth served).  Spaces for the undergraduate track are limited.  Serious intern candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.

  • Please submit a cover letter detailing how you heard about GJP and why you want to intern here, resumé and current transcript.  Please direct your inquiries and completed application to molly@gjp.org.
  • Application submission deadline:  February 1, 2018
  • Final offers extended by March 1, 2018