New York, NY

Racial Justice Intern for Spring 2017, Wellspring Advisors

The Organization

Wellspring Advisors, LLC, coordinates grantmaking programs that advance the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Our work is rooted in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being and is informed by the following beliefs:

– Social institutions and structures should promote the full realization of human rights and human potential, and should be accountable to these ends.

– The rights of all people are advanced when the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable peoples are protected.

– Social-justice movements should employ means that are consistent with their ideals, and should give agency to the people whose interests they seek to advance.

– As responsible stewards, we must strive to maximize the impact of our charitable investments.

Wellspring is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Overview

Wellspring Advisors seeks an intern to work with our Racial Justice program as a research assistant. This paid position can be full or part time by mutual agreement, with a minimum of 3 days per week in our Times Square office in New York City.

Description of the Racial Justice Program:

The Racial Justice Program promotes equity and builds power of people of color denied justice and opportunity because of systemic and structural racism. Launched in the fall of 2016, the Racial Justice Program’s initial focus is on organizations and movements challenging disparate criminalization and punishment of people and communities of color within the U.S. criminal justice system.

Desired Qualifications:

· Graduate or undergraduate students pursuing a relevant field (e.g. law, public policy, racial justice, social work, criminal justice, etc.);

· previous experience in the field of criminal justice, philanthropy, public policy, or other nonprofit advocacy or research;

· excellent written and verbal communication skills;

· strong analytic, research and organizational skills;

· initiative, resourcefulness and flexibility;

· ability to handle confidential client information with complete discretion.

Program-related responsibilities:

· research racial justice organizations, movements and activism in the U.S.;

· research criminal justice organizations, movements and activism in the U.S.;

· analyze contributions of racial and criminal justice organizations to legal, political and social change;

· contribute to other program-related research topics as needed;

· attend events and briefings related to racial justice, criminal justice and social justice in New York (meetings, conferences, etc.) and report back observations;

· support staff in the planning and logistics of meetings and convenings


· gain knowledge of racial and criminal justice activism;

· learn firsthand the operations of a grantmaking organization \ philanthropy;

· acquire a deeper understanding of the role philanthropic organizations play in promoting and advancing social justice and human rights;

· develop and strengthen personal and professional skills in a workplace committed to the advancement of human rights.

How To Apply

Send an e-mail to with “Intern, Racial Justice” in the subject line, and attach the following documents:

1. a cover letter with a brief personal statement, and an outline of career goals and interests in racial justice, criminal justice, and human rights, as well as a note on your expected weekly availability in the 2016 summer.

2. a resume listing relevant courses, previous experience and special skills (including languages),

3. one academic or professional reference; no personal references will be accepted, and

4. one writing sample (e.g., academic work, research paper, essay) of no more than three to five pages.

Complete applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline, Friday, December 23rd, 2016.

Start date is Monday, January 30th, 2017.

End date is Friday, May 26th, 2017 (with some flexibility).

No phone calls, please.

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