Tennessee Justice Center

For over 20 years, the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) has been standing with vulnerable Tennessee families and helping them access basic necessities of life. After Congress placed restrictions on legal services programs, effectively creating a two-tier justice system, community and bar leaders from all parts of our state and from every part of the political spectrum, came together to form TJC to fill the gap.

TJC has made an incredible impact for families from Memphis to Mountain City, for moms and children with special needs, for older adults and caregivers, for people with disabilities and those who need long-term care, and many, many more. We help our neighbors one-by-one to cut through red tape to access vital, sometimes life-saving services like health care and nutrition benefits, and then use what we learn to improve systems affecting many more. Whether in the courtroom, newspaper, or capital, TJC advocates for a state that reflects our communities’ shared values, that protects the dignity and opportunity of every person, and that supports the health care and economic infrastructure on which all our communities depend.

Our organization has about 20 employees and we usually have at least a handful of interns every year.

We deeply value and cherish our relationship with the PICS program and have been so thankful for the interns throughout the years, as they are always wonderful. The PICS interns contribute greatly to our mission and overall goals.

City/State

Nashville, TN

Internship Description

We are currently seeking interns to provide direct assistance to TJC’s casework team as they respond to the needs of individual clients. Responsibilities include fielding calls from clients, drafting documents, performing intake interviews, and learning about health and nutrition policy. This internship provides you valuable practice experience interacting with clients and governmental agencies. In addition, you will gain extensive knowledge about Tennessee’s Medicaid law.

As a casework intern you will have the opportunity to work your own case under the supervision of TJC’s advocates and/or attorneys.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 Flexible 8:00 am 5:00 pm  Yes No In-person

Housing Information

We will be more than happy to help in this process. There are several universities nearby so there are usually sublets available.

Internship Qualifications

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Enjoy going above and beyond to help people when they are in crisis
  • Are super organized and obsessively take detailed notes on everything
  • Have dogged determination and amazing problem-solving skills
  • Flourish on a small team where all hands-on deck is the norm
  • Can talk to people all day and it energizes you rather than drains you (specific to casework position)

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Solid oral and written communication skills
  • curiousness
  • willingness to ask questions and learn
  • commitment to social justice.

Writing Sample Required

None

Special Requirements

None