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Prison Watch Intern

Prison Watch Intern

Deadline:Mar 22, 2019
Location:Newark, New Jersey
Start Date:May 31, 2019
End Date:Aug 2, 2019

Applications will be accepted through March 22, 2019.  Internships may be filled on a first come first serve basis, so we encourage early applying.

This is part time 10-week internship, where each of 2 people will work a total of 157 hours, paid at a rate of $15.00 per hour. We start with Orientation on Friday, May 31th and expect all the interns to complete their internship by the first week of August. These interns 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 157 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 $2355.



The Prison Watch Intern will work alongside volunteers and other students to take testimony from prisoners and their families who write and call us. The testimonies will form the basis of a newsletter “From the Inside Out”, which will be completed for distribution by the end of the internship. S/he will also work on “A Path Forward” which will, upon completion, form a county-by-county instruction manual for returning citizens. 

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:

  • Manage influx of letters and phone calls from people in prison & track AFSC’s responses.
  • Support Prison Watch Director in developing outreach materials, including on-line and traditional brochures.
  • 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.
  • Participate in program and regional staff meetings.
  • Maintain records and reports for supervisor.



  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. Apply online. If that doesn’t work please email
  4. Remember to attach your resume and cover letter to the application before submitting



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.

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157 hours between the end of May and August
Required Skills: 


  • College or graduate student or recent high school graduate with diploma or GED.
  • Able to give at least 21 hours a week to the Summer Internship.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well and develop rapport with people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Interest in learning and applying Quaker values of peace, social justice, and equality in the work environment.
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated interested in social justice issues, specifically around healing justice, mass incarceration, and conditions of confinement.


Newark , NJ