Art & Social Change Internship at Project NIA

Project NIA is seeking an Art and Social Change Intern with an interest in the criminal legal system, youth issues, and restorative/transformative justice. This position will begin in February 2012 and run through June 2012.

About Project NIA…

Launched in 2009, Project NIA is an advocacy, organizing, popular education, research, and capacity-building center with the long-term goal of ending youth incarceration. We believe that several simultaneous approaches are necessary in order to develop and sustain community-based alternatives to the system of policing and incarceration. Our mission is to dramatically reduce the reliance on arrest, detention, and incarceration for addressing youth crime and to instead promote the use of restorative and transformative practices, a concept that relies on community-based alternatives.
Our goals are:

• To empower diverse community members to take leadership in addressing issues faced by youth impacted by the juvenile justice system.
• To develop effective community-based (rather than criminal legal) means of accountability for violence and crime – using a restorative and transformational justice approach.
• To eradicate youth incarceration.

About the Internship…

We are looking for an intern to support two art-related initiatives that carry out Project NIA’s mission. This person will coordinate an upcoming public art and community engagement project titled “The Missing” and will develop an arts-based curriculum about the Cradle-to-Prison pipeline. The work that will be developed is intended to support marginalized groups affected by the prison industrial complex in ways that encourage the development of their power and voice.

Duties and responsibilities:
* Coordinate the Missing Project (outreach to local organizations; support for NIA’s specific public art project as part of the overall initiative, etc…).
* Develop an arts-based “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” curriculum for youth.

What you’ll need to do the job:

• Some knowledge of the Prison Industrial Complex and the Juvenile Justice system
• Experience in visual arts
* Ability to establish rapport with community members from diverse ethnic, social and economic groups
• Good logistical and facilitation skills
• Popular education/facilitation experience
• Curriculum development experience is a plus
• Commitment to social justice and progressive movement building
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Ability to manage multiple projects/time management skills
• Willingness to work collaboratively and ability to work independently
• Willingness to learn new skills
• Ability and willingness to work weekends or irregular hours
• This position works with a diverse constituency.

Experience that will be helpful:
• Skills in dealing with diversity, logistics, and communications
• Art, Research, documentation skills
• Previous work with community groups
• Facilitation and teaching skills

We ask for a commitment of at least 8 hours per week over the 6 months of the internship, and are flexible about schedules. Interns can work from home.

Application Instructions:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as WORD attachments or PDF files to Please put “Art & Social Change internship” in the subject line. This position will begin in late January or early February 2012. Visit for more information about our work.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.


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