CURB Internship Program: Call for Interns Fall/Winter 2021

by Amber Rose Howard

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) is excited to announce that we are looking for a 2021 cohort of Fall/Winter interns to join our team! 

CURB’s internship program provides the opportunity to gain experience in grassroots organizing, research, coalition and movement building, public education, policy advocacy, media campaigns, fundraising, and social justice work. Working directly with our staff and coalition members,  interns will have the opportunity to develop leadership and organizing skills in a vibrant community with an amazing group of advocates whose work is centered on PIC abolition. 


The CURB internship is 10-12 weeks long, from September to November, with the option of returning in January after our Holiday Break. Hours range from 8-40 hour per week (part-time or full-time) based on the applicant’s skills, interest and capacity. Timeline may be adjusted based on scheduling needs. CURB works Monday-Friday, so your hours would be met during the week. However, if you have weekend flexibility that’s always a plus. 

Start date: September

End date: November/January

Location: Remote; must have access to a stable internet connection and computer.


Media Internships 

  • Help manage and monitor CURB social media updates across platforms, including, unique content creation, reshares, memes, and graphics
  • Grow, maintain, and refine CURB media databases including media contacts and media kits
  • Generate copy, provide feedback and edits on written materials such as press releases, op-eds, and social media toolkits, as needed  
  • Attend weekly media work group meetings
  • Assist with administrative tasks as needed

Advocacy Internships 

  • Assist CURB in our state-level advocacy work to shrink the prison and jail system in California, reduce incarceration, and invest in community-based solutions.
  • Engage member organizations in legislative and state budget advocacy
  • Assist with letters of support and opposition for legislation
  • Support policy research
  • Coordinate advocacy events
  • Assist with administrative tasks
  • Attend weekly advocacy work group meetings

Membership Internships

  • Support with strategic planning to increasing member engagement and capacity of CURB workgroups 
  • Help organize special events and programs geared toward engaging and building membership, org/coalition awareness, increasing campaign visibility and power building
  • Membership engagement and systems 
  • Assist with coordination of monthly membership meetings 
  • Serve as contact for CURB members, allies and other collaborators
  • Assist with administrative tasks
  • Attend weekly work group meetings


Committed to racial and social justice and/or a background in criminal legal reform issues

Aligned with CURB coalition’s mission and priorities

Have strong communications skills

Team player: willing to take directions while sharing input and suggestions.

Solid knowledge of google suite (docs, calendar, spreadsheets, forms), Zoom, and spreadsheets 


Interns are asked to meet a number of work hours agreed upon in advance. CURB’s intern cohort is unpaid, but we regularly stipend former incarcerated people and directly impacted folks to do movement work. The opportunity to receive school credit or funding is permitted if offered by the candidate’s program, and as part of our community we often reimburse for meals and travel on a case by case basis. 

CURB is committed to investing in the leadership of formerly incarcerated and convicted people. People who identify as Black, Brown, Indigenous, Native, women, queer or trans are encouraged to apply. CURB does not discourage or discriminate against people with convictions or fingerprinting of applicants, and you will not  be asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime on the application or interview.

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to Please type “CURB Internship,” in the subject line and be sure to let us know which internship you feel you’d be the best fit for. 

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