Job Title Law Student - Public Interest in Cookeville, TN **
Company Children's Defense Fund
Job Profile. Winter/Spring Internship Program
Interns will gain knowledge, skills, and experience for a lifetime commitment as a child advocate and public policy leader. Will also get an insider's view of non-profit advocacy. Will work in Child Welfare and Mental Health division. Interns will identify and survey promising policies, practices and programs in states and communities, prepare research briefs and fact sheets, analyze legislative and fiscal policies and monitor hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill and advocacy group meetings on various concerns. Help children benefit from the newly enacted Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, the most significant reforms for abused and neglected children in foster care in more than a decade. Identify promising approaches to promote services and treatment for parents and children challenged by substance abuse, mental health problems and domestic violence. Identify and promote effective policies and practices to strengthen the workforce charged with assisting children who are abused and neglected and their families. Promote policy reforms to improve outcomes for children and youths by increasing investments in prevention, specialized treatment, and post-permanency services. Law students will be considered. Strong consideration will be given to students who have experience with the needs of vulnerable children and families and/or strategies to address these needs. Candidates with a strong interest in child advocacy are encouraged to apply.