Get Involved

Get involved! Join our team of volunteers and interns dedicated to the investigation, litigation, and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women in the Midwest.

MIP could not function without our team of dedicated volunteers.

 

Want to volunteer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis? Or for a few hours here and there as your schedule allows? We have a spot for you!

Want to volunteer at a special event like Faces of Innocence? We have a spot for you, too.

Regular volunteer hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Non-legal background: scanning, data entry, filing, and other administrative tasks
  • Legal background: legal research, digesting, and miscellaneous case-related tasks
  • Anyone: volunteering at events, including guest check-in, greeting, bartending, or donation collection

If you are interested in offering your time to volunteer, please download the Volunteer Application, fill it out and Save As with your name, and email it to office@themip.org.

Law student internships

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), a non-profit legal services organization based in Kansas City, MO, offers full-time law student summer internships. These internships are unpaid, but applicants with independent funding through their law schools or other scholarship programs are encouraged to apply.

Legal interns will be assigned cases to manage and move forward under supervision of MIP’s legal staff. While interns will assist in all aspects of litigation, including fact development, legal research, drafting motions for DNA testing and other post-conviction relief, case management, and client interaction, a large part of any legal internship will involve investigation work on individual cases.

Ideal applicants will be highly motivated, energetic self-starters, who have the ability to work independently, along with a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Applications will be accepted from 1Ls and 2Ls. Applications for 6 internship positions for the summer of 2018 will be accepted by email on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2018 through April 1, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org.

Paralegal student internships

MIP accepts 1-2 paralegal student interns for fall and spring semesters. Paralegals manage casefiles, review case materials and compile information in memos and charts, conduct internet research, and prepare hearing and litigation materials. Paralegal interns may also accompany attorneys on client visits and witness interviews.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.

Communication internships

MIP also accepts undergraduate and graduate students for communications internships. Interns assist in drafting media and newsletter content and updating and maintaining social media and website pages. Interns may accompany staff to meet clients for content development.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.