Get Involved: How to Join Our Team of Volunteers and Interns!




Volunteers at the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) work closely with the MIP staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Boards to participate in raising awareness and fundraising. MIP volunteers are managed by Tish Sjuts, Development Associate, who can be reached for any questions/concerns at

Current Opportunities:

      • Fundraising: Organize activities to raise funds or solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for the Midwest Innocence Project (such as percentage nights at local businesses, Facebook birthday fundraisers, acquiring donated auction items, etc.).
      • Tabling Events: A fun opportunity to participate in a variety of events, help share MIP’s mission, and let the public know about MIP’s accomplishments; includes setting up/tearing down tabling supplies, handing out educational/promotional materials, speaking with community members about MIP, asking for donations, and distributing MIP merchandise.
      • Copywriting: Assist in writing Thank You cards to donors and potentially to create and distribute agency newsletters, promotional materials, etc.
          • We are specifically looking for people with graphic design experience to assist in creating these materials!
      • MIP-Organized Event Support: MIP hosts several annual fundraisers, which require the help of many volunteers. This includes setting up/tearing down the event, handling the check-in/out process, donation disbursement, running items during the event, serving food/drinks, etc. This is a great opportunity for those who don’t have much time to volunteer, but could help out a few times per year!
      • Joining a Board! MIP has a the Board of Directors, which oversees the agency’s operations and the “NextGen” Board (comprised of young working professionals), which primarily raises funds and spreads awareness about MIP. We also have Regional Advisory Councils in Nebraska and St. Louis. The Board of Directors and NextGen Board meet monthly and require at least a 1 year commitment to join. For more information, please e-mail


      • Age 18 and over
      • Volunteers will need to complete an orientation prior to beginning their first volunteer activity
      • Good communication skills and flexible availability are highly desired
      • Genuine enthusiasm, passion, and/or interest in the Midwest Innocence Project’s work

The Midwest Innocence Project is committed to providing representation of the highest quality to our clients and applicants, and as a result, we rely on the work of professionals trained in wrongful conviction investigation and litigation for our casework. We hope we can count on your support to help raise awareness and prevent wrongful convictions.

You can also help by signing up for our newsletter to stay informed about how to use your voice for the wrongfully convicted.


Law student internships


We are no longer accepting applications for the summer of 2021. Please check back in with us next winter!

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), a non-profit legal services organization based in Kansas City, MO, offers three full-time law student summer internships. These interns receive a stipend of $4,500 for the summer. Additional applicants for placement with independent funding through their law schools or other scholarship or academic credit 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 the summer of 2021 will be accepted by email on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2022 through April 1, 2022. 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


Paralegal student internships


MIP is currently accepting applications for a paralegal student intern for Summer 2020. Paralegal interns assist with data entry and document processing, review case materials and organize files, and conduct internet research. Paralegal interns may also accompany attorneys on client visits and witness interviews.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to


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 Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.