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Prison Watch Intern

Prison Watch Intern

Deadline:Mar 19, 2018
Location:Newark, New Jersey

This is a 10-week internship where the intern will work 21 hours per week paid at a rate of $15.00 per hour. We start with Orientation on Wednesday, May 30th and expect all the interns to complete their internship by the first week of August. This intern will be working out of our Newark, NJ office.

 General Information:

The American Friends Service Committee’s Summer Internship Program is designed to engage undergraduate and graduate students with the world of public service and peace and social justice issues. As an intern you will work alongside AFSC staff helping to implement current programs and achieve AFSC’s mission. You will work within a framework of a work plan and learning objectives with the opportunity to participate in activities such as client engagement and in depth research. You may work directly with clients and perform in depth research. Upon completion of the internship, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate your experience.


The Summer Internships require 210 hours between the end of May and August. Schedules will be worked out with the supervisor, but generally run about eight weeks. The stipend paid this year is $3,150.00


The Prison Watch Intern will support and enhance the work of the Prison Watch Program through developing systems to respond to letters and phone calls from people in prison.  S/he will work alongside volunteers and other students to take testimony from women who have spent time in immigration detention and prisons in NJ, in preparation for a second edition of AFSC’s publication “From Her Mouth to Your Ears - a Survivors Manual by and for Women Living in Prison”. The internship offers first hand engagement with issues surrounding imprisonment, including race, class, the use of isolation, brutality and the quality of and access to health care within US prisons. Upon completion of this internship, the intern will have gained valuable insight into a closed, often secretive environment and will therefore be better prepared to be an agent of change throughout his/her career.  The intern will also support the long-term planning process of the Prison Watch Program.

The key responsibilities of the Prison Watch Intern include the following:

o Manage influx of letters and phone calls from people in prison; develop systems, including database, to track AFSC’s responses.

o Support Prison Watch Director in developing outreach materials, including on-line and traditional brochures.

o Work with Prison Watch Director and volunteers to support public speaking engagements, including developing Power Point presentations and other materials that provide accessible information about the issues.

o In partnership with other AFSC staff and volunteers, collect testimonies and develop human rights framework for the first edition of “From Her Mouth to Your Ears - a Survivors Manual by and for Women Living in Prison”

o Participate in program and regional staff meetings.

o Maintain records and reports for supervisor.


The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), which upholds the worth of every individual and the transforming power of love. AFSC staff members are committed to promoting and practicing nonviolence in their work toward establishing peace and social justice. The AFSC community seeks to transform conditions and relationships both in the world and in ourselves which threaten to overwhelm what is precious in human beings. The AFSC involves people of many faiths and backgrounds who share its values and bring to its work a rich variety of experiences and spiritual insights.


The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Organization. Qualified persons are encouraged to become involved in AFSC at all levels regardless of their religious affiliation, race, sex, sexual orientation or nature of disability.



1.  Review the internship descriptions on this website.

2.  Write a letter of interest indicating your preferred position, tying your skills, education and experience with the area in which you want to work.

3. Download the application as a PDF document and open in Adobe reader. Do not open directly from the browser. If you have any trouble please try to open the document in Internet Explorer. If that doesn’t work please email

4.  Complete the application, and save it as “AFSC Application your name.pdf”.

5.  Attach your resume; letter of interest; two references, one personal and one professional (contact information and relationship only) and the completed application to one email and send it to

Applications will be accepted through March 19, 2018.  Internships may be filled on a first come first serve basis, so we encourage early applying.

10 weeks
Required Skills: 


o College or graduate student or recent high school graduate with diploma or GED.

o Able to give at least 21 hours a week to the Summer Internship.

o Good interpersonal skills.

o Ability to work well and develop rapport with people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

o Interest in learning and applying Quaker values of peace, social justice, and equality in the work environment.

o Excellent communication skills. 

o Demonstrated interested in social justice issues, specifically around healing justice, mass incarceration, and conditions of confinement.


Newark , NJ