Michigan Justice Fund Summer Fellowship

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About the Michigan Justice Fund:

The Michigan Justice Fund (MJF) is a funders’ collaborative that seeks to make investments that help stem the flow of individuals into the criminal justice system, support the investment of public dollars to community-driven alternatives to incarceration, and ensure that those who are returning home after incarceration receive the support they need to flourish. The position is full-time for 8 or 10 weeks between May 2 – August 31, 2022.


  • Engage in philanthropic strategy development focused on issues within the criminal legal system across the state of Michigan
  • Support partner organizations on policy-related projects and data collection and processing
  • Research current efforts in communities across the state related to advocacy and measuring of public investment affecting youth and adults impacted by the criminal legal system
  • Track policy and legislation development and implementation across the state relating to corrections, policing, courts, and re-entry


  • Experience with detention and/or incarceration in youth, criminal justice or immigration detention facilities preferred. People who have experienced detention and/or incarceration in any of these facilities are encouraged to list any applicable coursework completed, and/or professional/work experiences acquired, during detention and/or incarceration
  • Understanding of the youth and/or criminal justice reform sector(s), including issue related knowledge (applied knowledge preferred)
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner, requiring sound judgment and discretion
  • Self-starter with the ability to handle multiple projects at a time
  • Working knowledge of nonprofit organizations, a plus
  • Interest in youth justice, criminal justice and/or immigrant rights required
  • Experience working collaboratively with persons and communities of diverse cultural, economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of standard office equipment and computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point and other software required.  Experience working with database management software preferred.
  • Ability to respond sensitively and patiently to internal and external inquiries in a timely manner and the ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidences


The fellowship will primarily be remote with the exception of at least 2-3 in person meetings.


Fellow will receive a $5000 stipend.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and 1-2 cover letter/page statement of interest in the internship to with the subject line “Summer Fellow, MJF.”

In your statement, candidates are encouraged to discuss any experiences directly relevant to the qualifications and projects outlined, as well as  interest in the criminal legal system and advancing the objectives of the Michigan Justice Fund.  Candidates may wish to describe career interests and discuss previous work and educational experiences demonstrating these interests.  Additionally, interested candidates should submit a brief writing sample (3-5 pages), a copy of their most recent academic transcript that is available, and a list of references.

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