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YSRP Summer Graduate Student (JD or MSW) Fellowships – 2022

Background: The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) seeks applications from qualified first- and second-year law students and first-year Master of Social Work students interested in racial justice and juvenile and criminal justice reform, particularly pertaining to youth prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system.

Applications will be reviewed and responded to on a rolling basis. First-year law students are eligible to apply after December 1, 2021.

Job Description: Applicants will be asked to work on a number of projects and activities, including but not limited to: Mitigation investigations and report writing for YSRP’s client-partners who are youth charged as adults, supporting youth in their reentry to the community, research to support policy advocacy efforts, community organizing and outreach, and occasional administrative tasks. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working independently, and will be interested in working in a small, fast-paced environment. YSRP is currently operating remotely and the fellowship may be remote, depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants should have a working knowledge of criminal procedure and a commitment to providing holistic, comprehensive, partnership-oriented support to the youth and families served by YSRP.

Compensation & Timing: YSRP is thrilled to be able to offer two paid summer fellowships for graduate (law and/or social work) students. Each fellowship provides a stipend of $3,000 for the summer. The ideal candidate will be available for a 10-week commitment beginning in late May or early June 2022. Start and end dates are flexible.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and a list of three references along with brief answers to the following three questions (in place of a cover letter) to Supervising Attorney Emily Robb at

  1. Why do you want to join YSRP’s team?
  2. What skills/experience (either professional or personal) do you bring that will make you a good partner to our youth client-partners?
  3. In what ways do you prioritize racial justice and/or ending mass incarceration in your life and experience?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, or by January 15, 2022. Questions about the application process can be directed to the same email address, or to 267-703-8050.

YSRP is committed to ensuring that our staff, including our student interns, reflect the client-partners and communities we serve. We strongly encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply for our fellowship, including those personally affected by the criminal justice system. In your cover letter, we invite you to tell us how your unique background and/or experiences can contribute to the diversity, vitality, and cultural perspective of our advocacy efforts, staff, and client-partners.

Volunteer opportunities

We do not currently have any openings for internship or volunteer positions beyond the Summer Fellowships. Please sign up for our email list to learn of available volunteer opportunities as they become available. Thank you for your interest! 

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