OrganizationLegal Aid Justice Center
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineAugust 2, 2024
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$25/per hour


About the Legal Aid Justice Center:

The Legal Aid Justice Center is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that partners with low-income clients and communities of color in Virginia to fight for racial, social, and economic justice. We understand that the harms our clients endure are inextricably linked to overarching systems of injustice. Together we are dismantling those systems through a combination of community organizing, litigation, policy advocacy, public relations, and individual legal services.

Founded in 1967, LAJC has offices in Charlottesville, Richmond, Petersburg, and Falls Church and provides services under six key program areas: Civil Rights & Racial Justice (focuses on the criminal legal system), Housing & Consumer Justice, Youth Justice, Health Justice & Public Benefits, Immigrant Justice, and Worker Justice. As examples of LAJC’s recent work, our lawsuit and organizing against the state forced reform of Virginia’s unemployment insurance system, including advocacy that resulted in the distribution of over $1 billion in illegally withheld payments to over 160,000 Virginians. During the pandemic, we demanded and secured a statewide eviction moratorium and emergency pandemic protections that helped hundreds of families avoid eviction. We reduced incarceration across the state, including reducing the population of a local immigration detention center down to historically low levels through a coordinated effort of organizing paired with impact and individual litigation.  Our staff are on the front lines of some of the most important anti-poverty fights happening today.

With a staff of over 90, the past few years have been a time of exciting growth and opportunity for the organization. In addition to the growth of programmatic efforts including increased organizing capacity, LAJC has expanded its operations and administrative capacity, created new opportunities for professional growth and leadership among staff, engaged in ongoing race equity work, and explored changes to organizational structure to deepen its efforts to create long-term, sustainable, community-driven change.

LAJC’s latest strategic plan is available at

For more information about LAJC’s work and programs, visit

About the LAJC Organizing Intern Cohort

Looking to hone your organizing skills in a supportive environment while working alongside experienced organizing in Virginia? The Legal Aid Justice Center is excited to open applications for our Organizer Intern Cohort! Interns will work on a part-time basis over a period of up to eight months across our main service areas in Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Petersburg and pair up with experienced organizers to engage with the community and learn organizing skills.

Our first cohort will begin on September 03, 2024, and we will have 2 organizing interns, one in worker rights and the other in police accountability.

The cohort will also have the opportunity to learn and work as a group. All interns will receive trainings, through the program on core organizing skills: one-on-one and base building, leadership development, group facilitation, campaign development, power mapping, coalition building and navigating conflict, as well as other development opportunities.

Description of Internship Placement:

Civil Rights & Racial Justice Intern in Charlottesville

Criminal Legal System

This intern will pair with our CRRJ Senior Organizer, Harold Folley to support the growth and work of the People’s Coalition as they engage in campaign work around police accountability and to stop the expansion of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

Job Duties:

Work with the organizer to engage the community via active listening, education, and information-gathering regarding issues relevant to the internship’s programs.
Assist the organizer to work alongside low-income community members to identify needs and engage in community advocacy strategies. This includes, but is not limited to, direct action and community participation in local and state systems to carry out LAJC’s mission and programmatic goals as they relate to the needs of the area the internship is based on.
Support a campaign that will build power and advance policies designed to combat poverty.
Promote racial equity across dimensions, including within LAJC and within your work in the community and with partners.
Racial Equity: Promote racial equity across all dimensions, including within LAJC, by doing the following:
Helping to recruit, retain, and support both staff and leadership that reflect the racial composition of our community.
Cultivating respect for the work of and expanding resources for non-attorney staff that are disproportionately people of color.
Creating spaces for staff to discuss issues of racial, gender, and all other issues of marginalization.
Pushing for institutional and cultural changes by management, the board, and staff to further promote racial equity.

Required Qualifications:

Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
No formal organizing experience required.
Must be able to commit to up to 10 hours a week over a period of up to 8 months and be available for in-person work in the location of your preferred leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred demonstrated passion for community organizing, particularly within local regions internships will be based in.
Own transportation is not required, but the ability to arrange for travel to the internship’s respective main office and travel for events and outreach will be needed.

A Note to Potential Candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary folks, and BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Location: This role will be based in our Richmond or Charlottesville offices.  Occasional travel between offices will be required. Although a regular presence in the office is required, LAJC offers a remote work policy to support employees in co-creating schedules and arrangements that allow us all to do our best work.

Salary: The salary scale for this position is $25 per hour.

Application Deadline: August 02, 2024. We accept applications on a rolling basis and encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Application Instructions: Complete the online application which requires responding to the following questions:

What makes you excited to become an organizing fellow at the Legal Aid Justice Center?
How do you want to grow as a community organizer?

Candidates have the option of responding to the questionnaire verbally and submit via video link. Please note, our recruitment system automatically provides an option for a cover letter. This position does not require a cover letter.

If you need assistance in completing the application, please reach out to Harold Folley at

If you need assistance in completing the application portal, please reach out to the Human Resources at

Benefits: Our mission is compelling, and our team members are passionate about their work, and so we recognize the need to provide generous benefits and encourage rest and a healthy work environment. For example, we provide:

Strong commitment to professional development
Flexible scheduling
Paid time off and holidays

Vaccination Requirement: The Legal Aid Justice Center requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exemption as a qualification of employment. Proof of vaccination or accommodation request must be provided within one day of employment.

The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.