Network Communications/Special Projects Intern, Spring 2020


The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit

The Innocence Network is an affiliation of 68 organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions, and supporting the exonerated after they are freed in the United States and abroad. The Innocence Project, a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate the innocent through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system, is one of the founding members of the Innocence Network and provides support for the Innocence Network Support Unit, a team of four employees who help facilitate the work of the Network.


The Innocence Network Support Unit is seeking an intern to support the operational activities of the Innocence Network. The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will report to the Innocence Network Coordinator and will work with other members of the Network Support Unit. The intern can expect to gain direct exposure to various areas of non-profit management as well as exposure to a national coalition of criminal justice reform organizations.

The internship is based in the Innocence Project office in lower Manhattan and requires a minimum commitment of at least 12 hours a week beginning in January 2020; however, the time frame and schedule are flexible. The intern will be required to help staff the 2020 Innocence Network Conference in Chicago, a gathering of innocence attorneys and staff members, exonerees, their family members, and many other members of the innocence movement. The intern will need to travel to Chicago on Wednesday, March 25th and return the following Sunday, March 29th. All expenses, including travel, hotel, and meals during the conference, will be paid by the Innocence Project.

Please note that this is not a legal internship and is better suited for individuals looking to pursue careers in the non-profit management sector.


  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will gain valuable event planning experience by assisting with the preparation and organization of documents and materials for the 2020 Innocence Network Conference, liaising with speakers, assisting with social media efforts and registration, and handling inquiries from attendees
  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will learn the basics of various platforms, programs, and databases such as Salesforce, Yammer intranet platform, Google Groups listservs, and WordPress by assisting with the daily maintenance of those programs to facilitate resource sharing and communication among Network member organizations
  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will learn how membership coalitions operate and assist with the processing of the Network’s annual membership dues
  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will gain valuable analytic and research experience in a range of different areas through assistance with projects, such as tracking Network exonerations and completing the tabulation and analysis of the conference session evaluation surveys, as well as supporting the analysis of the Network’s annual report survey completed by Network Member Organizations and other Network surveys as needed
  • The Network Communications/Special Projects Intern will assist with other special projects as needed and relevant, including updating the Network Support Unit’s Volunteer Management Toolkit and other resources related to technology software


  • A passion for the Network’s work and an interest in organizational development and nonprofit management
  • Strong organizational and writing skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint and Excel
  • Database management skills a plus not required
  • Knowledge of WordPress and Salesforce a plus but not required
  • Design skills and knowledge of InDesign a plus but not required
  • Ability to travel to Chicago on Wednesday, March 25th and return the following Sunday, March 29th for the Innocence Network Conference. All expenses, including travel, hotel, and meals during the conference, will be paid by the Innocence Project.


  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Particular eye for systems and operational management
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for delivering high-quality work 


The salary for this position is competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match, and paid Transitcheks. 


The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission.  We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.


To apply, please visit Paycom. Please upload your resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the mission of the Innocence Network, your desire to pursue a career in the nonprofit and/or criminal justice reform sector, and your qualifications as they relate to this job description while drafting your cover letter.  Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone.

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