Youth Justice Advocacy Fellow

Organizational Overview

The Sentencing Project, established in 1986, advocates for effective and humane responses to crime that minimize imprisonment and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial, ethnic, economic, and gender justice.

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Sentencing Project is seeking an undergraduate fellow for its Youth Justice advocacy team. The fellow will provide advocacy support to address youth in adult courts, racial and ethnic disparities, and effective decarceration and prison closure strategies. They may also be asked to support other ongoing projects and work including bill tracking, writing and editing support and staff scheduling.

Projects may include:

  • Providing campaign support in event planning, scheduling meetings and creating fact sheets on issue areas, citing cutting edge research;
  • Issue briefs that include the voices of youth impacted by harmful policies;
  • Legislative tracking on state advocacy progress; and
  • Social media toolkits to accompany materials produced.


This is a part-time position for 10-15 hours/week at $20/hr, over 10 weeks for the fall semester. Applications are due July 31, 2023 with an anticipated start date of August 28, 2023. This position can be supervised remotely, outside of Washington, DC.

Application Procedure

Candidates who are qualified by experience, skill, and personal motivation are invited to apply. The Sentencing Project is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to cultural diversity and recruits without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, or prior convictions. Persons with direct experience in the legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submit cover letter, resume, two references and a two-page writing sample to: