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Current Interns
Current openings: Feb-April

2 legal-investigation
1 journalism-writing
3 event planning 

Anticipated Spring Internships: May-June

4 legal-investigation
2 journalism-writing
1-2 website design
Student Testimonials:  

So what do our past IM interns have to say?

Kiley says, 

 has already been one of my most defining experiences in my professional development."  More

Val says, "

The rarely-seen stories about hope and justice for the prejudiced that had once inspired me so deeply--those had suddenly become my reality." More

Katie says, "no single intern-ship could have affected me more."  More  

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Current students:

Our Current Interns

Stephanie Cho, 2012 Wintern/Spring Intern

Stephanie Cho graduated from UCLA in 2011 as an International Development Studies major and Spanish minor. She has devoted her undergraduate studies and future career to human rights and has volunteered with UNICEF at UCLA, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), Freedom and Fashion (FnF), and Free the Slaves. She aspires to become a human rights or public interest lawyer.

Stephanie will co-chair our Courageous Truth Award and Hungry for Justice Planning  Committees and assist us in developing the Innocence Matters Blog.  She will join the other interns (current and former) in helping us bring John Smith home.

Diana Guerrero, 2012 Wintern/Spring Intern

Diana Guerrero is an undergraduate student at California State University of Dominguez Hills, majoring in criminal justice.  Her studies there have ignited a real passion for understanding all aspects of the inner workings of the criminal justice system.  She believes her volunteer work at Innocence Matters will provide her another perspective on how the justice system works.  Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school and dreams of someday working at the United Nations so that she can use her legal knowledge to help people around the world.  Diana, like many of our volunteers, is a women with a full calendar.  In addition to her studies and volunteer work, Diana has a full-time job.

Diana will co-chair our Courageous Truth Award andHungry for Justice Planning Committees and assist us in developing our volunteer recruitment program.  She will join the other interns (current and former) in helping us bring John Smith home. 

Winter Work 

February-April:  Our winter interns have four primary tasks:  
  • Plan the Courageous Truth Award and the Hungry for Justice raffle;
  • Prepare for upcoming court dates and possible evidentiary hearing for John Smith's case; 
  • Lay the groundwork for our members only resource page, Informed Innocence; and
  • Help us design our innovative investigation clinic. 

Ideal interns for the winter internship will include people with an interest in, or aptitude for one or more of the following: event planning, trial work, investigation, grant writing, and learning what it means to be a zealous advocate.  Learn more about the general qualities we look for here

Spring Work 

May-June:  Our spring internships will be centered around our preventative programs, specifically, assisting with the design and substance of our Informed Innocence page.  The particular skill sets that we seek for the spring internships are enthusiastic students with a can-do attitude and an aptitude for one or more of the following:  
  • legal research
  • website design
  • videography
  • blogging
  • interviewing indigent clients
  • objective analysis
  • problem-solving orientation
  • factual investigation
  • mediation/counseling/mentoring skills
  • ability to explain complicated legal concepts to the general public 

Learn more about the general qualities we look for here.