#Cut50 -- an initiative of The Dream Corps -- is a national bipartisan effort to smartly and safely reduce America’s incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years. Through our campaigns for Legislation (#JusticeReformNOW) and Humanization (#BeyondPrisons), we aim to build popular support for practical, bipartisan solutions and transformative criminal justice policies.

Key Responsibilities:

#cut50 seeks motivated, tech-saavy, and organized interns to support our legislation and humanization efforts. Through policy research, web content development, media relations and event planning, the volunteers will play a supportive role in driving the national conversation for criminal justice reform.

The interns will work under the direction of the National Director and coordinate closely with #cut50 staff.

The interns should have strong written communication skills, policy research experience, some media relations experience and be eager to learn new digital skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the National Director and Policy Director on policy research for potential legislation
  • Working with Deputy Director of Communications on media communications
  • Working with National Director on collection and writing of stories for humanization campaign
  • Research on various criminal justice topics and drafting of opinion editorials
  • Drafting of content for website
  • Participation in team meetings

Candidates must be comfortable working with a small, fast-paced team, able to efficiently handle multiple deadlines, and driven by a deep commitment to social justice. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, enjoy establishing and maintaining systems and relationships, and have an eye for good storytelling.

Candidates should possess:

  • Excellent writing and visual storytelling skills
  • Interviewing and reporting skills
  • Some experience or interest in media relations
  • Deep commitment to economic and racial justice
  • Accuracy and credibility
  • Curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Flexibility and willingness to pitch in wherever needed



2017 Intern  Reflection: 

At Cut50, I joined a small, hardworking, and passionate team. On day one, I was given a tour of the office and not 15 minutes later was launched into the world of non-profit criminal justice work. On my first day, I sourced news stories, authored original content, and published my words onto our social media platforms. For day two, I helped lobby state congressmen to adopt a resolution opposing the California felony murder rule. By day three, I had my own project to interview incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women about health care, and childbirth within federal prison. These interviews will form the base for my Op-Ed and our media campaign around the Dignity for Incarcerated Women’s Act, which is sponsored by Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren. 

I am given a considerable amount of independence and responsibility, and with it the expectation of high quality work. It is not unusual for me to have to several juggle tasks that all need to be completed ASAP, but there is also a lot of support and feedback. Flexibility and communication are very much required to be successful here, and overall I have found Cut50 to be a tight community of mutual support that is invested in helping interns grow and gain valuable skills and connections. And, of course, it’s pretty awesome to work for Van Jones.

Bailey Colfax '19 

Oakland, California
Advocacy/Policy, Research, Think Tank/Strategy