DRW’s AVID Program is accepting applications for three paid law student interns for 2021-22!

AVID focuses on improving the conditions, treatment, services, and reentry for people with disabilities who are incarcerated in our state’s jails and prisons, as well as those who reside at the Special Commitment Center. In general, AVID visits and monitors correctional facilities, provides Technical Assistance Services to teach individuals with disabilities about self-advocacy, writes reports, and advocates for systemic change with the Washington State Department of Corrections and various county jails through negotiation and litigation. The AVID Program strives to do this work in an intersectional way, centering our advocacy on those people with disabilities most impacted by the criminal punishment system, including folks with mental health conditions in solitary confinement and Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and transgender and non-binary folks.

Position Description:
AVID is seeking up to three interns in its Seattle office. AVID interns will work full time over the summer. The pay rate is $20/hour. During the summer, AVID interns will focus on providing Technical Assistance Services, going on monitoring trips to prisons and jails to look for legal violations (if the pandemic allows), assisting with investigations and litigation, and working on research and writing assignments. Technical Assistance will be a large portion of the work; this involves speaking to incarcerated individuals on the phone and corresponding via letter, issue spotting disability-related legal issues, researching policies and laws, and providing legal rights information. Currently, all interns and most staff work remotely, but that will continue to be evaluated. Disability Rights Washington provides laptops with remote telephone access. During the school year, the AVID intern will continue this work as a paid part-time employee for 4-10 hours per week.

How to Apply:

Individuals interested in working with the AVID Program should apply through the Northwest Public Service Career Fair: http://www.law2.byu.edu/northwestconsortium/career-fair/. You may also submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Heather McKimmie at heatherm@dr-wa.org by January 15, 2021.

AVID is particularly interested in people with diverse backgrounds, which includes being a member of an ethnic/racial minority group, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ. We expect all summer interns to contribute to Disability Rights Washington’s goal to advance civil rights for individuals from diverse and marginalized communities. For more information about our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals, please visit: https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/diversity-equity-inclusion/.