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Opportunity for Students: 2017 Children of Incarcerated Caregivers Paid Internship

Opportunity for Students: 2017 Children of Incarcerated Caregivers Paid Internship


Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (CIC) is seeking a team of interdisciplinary students from the University of Minnesota and Macalester College for a paid, part-time, three-month summer internship, from May 30 to August 25, 2017. Founded in 2014, CIC is a Minneapolis-based non-profit dedicated to researching and advocating for policies and programs that improve the lives of children whose caregivers are affected by the criminal justice system in the United States and abroad. There are four positions available:

Research Intern (1 position): Responsibilities include updating past CIC reports on the impact of parental incarceration on children and visitation policies, as well as generating memos and summaries to aide defense attorneys in court. The research intern must have a strong background in generating comprehensive literature reviews and the ability to interpret complex social science research. Depending on summer work and CIC needs, the research intern may be invited to continue to intern part-time with CIC during the 2017-18 academic year. For this position only, please submit a writing sample (5-10 pages) along with your regular application materials.

Community Engagement Interns (3 positions): Responsibilities include networking and collaborating with other organizations with overlapping missions, and building connections at the local, domestic, and international level. Fluency in a second language will be especially valuable as many potential partner organizations are outside of the US. In addition, these community engagement interns will identify the most pervasive unmet needs that Minnesota children of incarcerated caregivers face, determine what programs would best serve these children, and promote access to visits for Minnesota children.

The summer research project will culminate in a written report that details next steps for CIC, including a plan for funding, next steps toward advancing Minnesota sentencing practices, and promoting access for Minnesota children visiting caregivers at correctional facilities. This report will guide CIC work in 2017-18 and the intern team will present their recommendations at the University of Minnesota in September 2017.


The team will work under the auspices of the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program. Interns will work remotely, but have office space when needed at the Human Rights Program. Team members will meet regularly as a group to receive feedback and direction from University of Minnesota faculty from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Human Rights Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Macalester faculty, as well as CIC board members with experience in criminal justice, child development, and human rights issues.

Qualifications: Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students with knowledge of human rights, public policy, law, psychology, sociology, or other programs related to the issues affecting children of incarcerated caregivers will be considered. Candidates must have demonstrated research and writing skills. Fluency in Spanish and/or successful experience with grant writing are especially desirable qualifications and will be weighed heavily in the selection process.

Application deadline: March 31, 2017. Applicants should email their résumé and cover letter to Rochelle Hammer (hamm0229@umn.edu). If applying for the Research Intern position, please include a 5-10 page writing sample with your application.

Commitment: 20 hours per week, May 30 – August 25, 2017, plus September 2017 public presentation (date TBD).

Stipend and notes on funding mechanism: Undergraduate students will earn a stipend of $3,000.00 and graduate students will earn a stipend of $4,500.00 for the summer internship.

March 10th, 2017