Ohio Justice & Policy Center


Our mission is to create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal justice systems through zealous client-centered advocacy, innovative policy reform, and cross-sector community education. We use diverse forms of community lawyering in a three-plank strategy:

  • Substantially and safely reduce the size and racial disparity of the prison population. This plank includes research, legislative and policy advocacy, collaboration with community organizers, and possibly litigation to directly remedy Ohio’s prison overcrowding crisis.
  • Expand the freedom of people with criminal records to participate fully in their communities. This encompasses our Second Chance Community Legal Clinics and Classes, our CIVICC database, and legislative and policy advocacy to improve reentry in Ohio.
  • Protect the human rights and dignity of incarcerated people. This contains all of our individual and class-action litigation to protect incarcerated people, policy efforts to limit the use of the death penalty, litigation on voting rights for certain jailed people, and our Constitutional Litigation Clinic (for 3L students from nearby law schools).
  • Category: 

    • Prisons and Criminalization

    Internship description: 

  • We dedicate undergraduate interns primarily to our Second Chance Community Legal Clinics. That means helping us with client intake at all of the outreach legal clinics we hold each month at Cincinnati State Community College, the Free Store Foodbank, and the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati. Back at the office, the intern will be involved with basic legal and factual research, document preparation, and further client communication.
  • A rising Junior or Senior in a supporting major (business, accounting, finance, economics, etc) can request to work as an Operations Management: Annual Corporate Audit intern. This internship generally results in college class credit as well.
  • Interns may be involved in other OJPC work, depending on their skills and interests. That could include case investigation, case brainstorming, legal research, correspondence and court-document drafting, attending court hearings, other litigation support, policy research, prison visits, legislative visits, collaborative work with community organizers, and other policy and advocacy support.
  • Internship skills needed: 

  • Resourcefulness – creative in finding information and other resources to complete a project; ability to apply diverse background, experience, and expertise in new settings.
  • Productive work relationship with mentors/supervisors – willing to ask questions to get clarity on scope and substance of assigned projects; able to carry projects forward without constant checking in, but knows when to check in about a significant issue or question; detail oriented.
  • Excellent time & priority management – strong at handling diverse, competing projects and expectations; able to prioritize must-do projects and renegotiate other deadlines as needed; knows when to not take on too much work.
  • Solid research and writing skills – clear, thorough research and reasoning in writing samples; a knack for storytelling and issue framing.
  • Enjoyable to work with – good at working with a team; puts others at ease while inspiring them to do their best; great sense of humor; hungry to learn and grow.
  • Location: 

    • Cincinnati
    • OH

    How to find us: 

    OJPC's office is located in downtown Cincinnati, strategically within walking distance of County Courts and the Public Defender's Office. Our 2nd Chance Clinics are held at Cincinnati's downtown Free Store Foodbank. Our office is on multiple bus routes.

    Work hours: 

    9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri

    Dress code: 

    Summer casual!

    Office building accessibility: 


    How many people work at the organization: 


    Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

    Yes - about 14 total, most of whom are law students.

    Internship dates: 

    Tuesday, May 29th until Friday Aug 3rd.
    Internship final reports: 
    2020Iesha Phillips
    2019Jermany Gray
    2018Moira Tan