Council of State Governments
  • 30-Jan-2018 to 02-Mar-2018 (EST)
  • Justice Center, State - Directors
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Part Time

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the CSG Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various, often highly politicized, criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center not only develops written and web-based materials, but also provides on-the-ground technical assistance to cross-systems policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, mental health, housing, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions.


Job Summary

The policy intern will work with a collaborative team of policy analysts, subject matter experts, and researchers deployed to work intensively with states undergoing historic criminal justice reform through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. These states have each utilized a data-driven process to analyze drivers of prison populations and recidivism trends, and enacted legislation to improve public safety, reduce costs and hold people accountable. Technical assistance teams are now working with these states in the immediate 1-2 years following enactment to support them with implementation of reform legislation and reinvestment of projected savings into more effective public safety and recidivism reduction strategies. The policy intern will be responsible for assisting with research, data analysis and visualization, content development, and the development of stakeholder outreach and engagement strategies to support states in the implementation phase of justice reinvestment and other projects as needed.




Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities of the policy intern include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct literature reviews on criminal justice policies and practices and condense research into concise issue briefs for senior CSG Justice Center staff and state leaders.
  • Transcribe notes from policy implementation-related phone calls, meetings, interviews, and onsite observations, and participate in debriefs to recommend follow-up actions.
  • Design and conduct surveys to collect information from state and local criminal justice stakeholders and compile results for distribution.
  • Identify trends in performance and outcome data collected on policy implementation and create visualizations for inclusion in PowerPoint presentations and other publications.
  • Draft content for educational materials including FAQs and fact sheets and to highlight success stories and key implementation accomplishments in blog posts and other publications.
  • Assist Phase II staff with conducting outreach and communication to state leaders and key stakeholder groups including law enforcement, victim advocates, and community advocates, and organizing community engagement events.


Skills & Abilities

  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills and a curious mind.
  • Strong skills visualizing data using Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to pivot direction or approach with speed and accuracy.
  • Excellent reading comprehension and ability to retain large quantities of complex information.
  • Experience with statistical software or data visualization software is a plus.


Experience Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate-level program for criminal justice, political science, public administration, communications, or other relevant social sciences. Applicants must have experience visualizing data. Prior experience working in criminal justice or policy development or implementation is a plus.


Physical Requirements Essential to Perform the Duties of the Job

  • Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers;
  • Frequently views the computer to create policy briefs, memos and presentations;
  • Frequently remains in a sitting position to perform desk duties;
  • Frequently uses the computer with fingers and hands;
  • Frequently works in a well lit, tempered room;
  • Occasionally walks throughout office to communicate to coworkers; and
  • Seldom lifts objects, such as files or paper boxes, with weight up to 25 pounds.


Application Instructions

Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in PDF format):


  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing samples with explanation of your participation in the product (published work preferred)


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

CSG participates in E-Verify

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