Communications Assistant (Internship)

Post Date: September 11, 2017


Who We Are:

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a dynamic, creative, organized, hard-working intern to join the FAMM team and work with our communications and research departments. 

Who Should Apply:

The ideal candidate is a current undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in communications, journalism, public policy, political science, sociology, or other related fields and is interested in criminal justice issues. FAMM is willing to work with our future interns and their universities to provide course credit and can be flexible to work and class schedules.


  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Exhibits strong initiative and is self-motivated
  • Interest in and willingness to learn about criminal justice issues, specifically sentencing policy
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience with digital media
  • Personable; has enthusiasm for teamwork and enjoys interacting with new people
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Experience with database management, Adobe Suite, and/or cinematography a plus but not required

What You’ll Do:
FAMM is committed to providing a formative educational opportunity in which students can learn, apply what they’ve learned in academia, and develop new skills. Our interns have pursued photography projects, created social media strategies, assisted in interview filming, collated prisoner surveys, and much more. Day-to-day activities can include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Interviewing former prisoners and/or their family members
  • Writing, developing, and assisting in updating prisoner profiles on
  • Assisting with digital media and production
  • Assisting in developing creative advocacy messaging
  • Fact-checking and update resources for affected family members
  • Media monitoring and analysis
  • Compiling and manage press lists

Important Dates:

Spring semester 2018 (January to April/May)

Summer semester 2018

How to Apply:

Please email with your 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) short writing sample (i.e. a blog post, school paper, series of tweets on a specific subject etc.), with the subject line “Communications Intern” and your name. Please be clear in indicating the semester you are applying for. No phone calls, please.

Applicants will be considered until the positions have been filled. Email with any questions. 

Where We Are:

FAMM’s office is located in the heart of DC, Gallery Place-Chinatown, 3 city blocks from the White House, and a mere 20 minutes from Capitol Hill. We are surrounded by Smithsonian museums, dozens of great eateries, and are less than 5 minutes’ walk from both the Red and Green/Yellow Metro lines.