PAN Administrative Intern / Law Clerk Position

We are currently looking for interns to start in January 2018.

About PAN

The Prisoner Advocacy Network is a volunteer network of California activists, family members, formerly incarcerated people, legal workers, law students, and attorneys. Our focus is narrow and specific – supporting people in California’s solitary confinement and similar conditions of isolation such as security housing units (SHUs), administrative segregation, and gender-based segregation. We prioritize advocating for jailhouse lawyers and those engaged in political activity. We provide non-litigation advocacy for incarcerated people experiencing discrimination, retaliation, and rights violations. We gather evidence documenting conditions and trends of treatment in the exceptionally repressive prison environments of solitary and other forms of segregation.

Internship / Law Clerk Commitment

We are seeking an administrative intern to volunteer at the National Lawyers Guild Office 558 Capp Street, San Francisco, from _____. The intern would be able to set your own schedule, ideally overlapping at least one day a week with the PAN Coordinator. This is an unpaid position.

Additionally, you would be required to attend two monthly meetings. One is the 2nd Wednesday of the Month 8-9pm (rotating between Oakland and SF), the other is 4th Wednesday of the Month 6:30-8pm in San Francisco.

The total obligation of hours would not exceed 20 hours per week.

Required Tasks

  • Check emails, forward to appropriate person or respond if possible
  • Sort and scan mail, notify advocate and mentor of client mail on Trello
  • Send mail to incarcerated clients
  • Maintain paper legal case files
  • Maintain electronic files
  • Assign tasks and manage project and task completion using Trello
  • Track mailing expenses
  • Support work on grant applications and other fundraising
  • Support outreach efforts for PAN advocates and volunteers
  • Prepare for monthly PAN Administrative meetings with updates, ideas, and questions
  • Prepare for monthly PAN Mentor meetings with updates on advocate and mentor activity on each case
  • Communicate weekly on PAN listserv about Admin schedule and upcoming PAN events/meetings
  • Seek input from people in prison

Optional Tasks

  • Legal research and writing
  • Developing trainings and resources
  • Retreat planning
  • Tabling for PAN at events and conferences


Strong technology skills. Experience with remote email and electronic communication. Strong organizational skills, and attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of issues related to a progressive political agenda, including: support for civil liberties, workers' rights, social justice; opposition to government repression, racism, homophobia and sexism. Self-motivated, able to implement and complete projects in a timely manner. Able to manage multiple priorities; flexible, comfortable in open office environment with many projects and activities. Able to adapt to a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.


Experience working with incarcerated people. Experience working with individuals in the legal profession and in legal offices. Experience working in a grassroots, membership organization. Layout and design skills. Experience with constituent relationship management tools, including databases.

Details for Applicants

Position open immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send resume and cover letter to

We are willing to work with you to obtain school credit or to apply for funding at sources you identify. This is currently an unpaid position.

NLGSF is an affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Formerly incarcerated people, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.