US Internship programme call for applications
Located in London 255 Research and Investigation was set up by Chris Chang in 2012 to provide a high standard of fact and mitigation investigation services to individuals and legal defence teams all across the globe, with a particular focus on capital and National Security cases. 255 is also directly involved in improving defence investigation and provides training to investigators, attorneys, paralegals, and law students. The simple goal is to improve the standard of legal representation being provided to those facing charges or those journeying through appeals processes by improving the standard of investigation being conducted.
Training is also provided to human rights defenders to enable them to better assist those that have been victims of human rights violations and strengthen the actions that they bring through effective investigation of those violations.
We are working in partnership with legal professionals, organisations and academic institutions to improve legal representation through investigation.
Our investigation work consists of field investigation that takes place on the investigative frontline, wherever that may be around the world. We locate and interview witnesses, prepare affidavits, locate record and documents, but a huge part of our work is investigation preparation that involves extensive file review and analysis, research, and investigation planning.
255 is accepting applications for US-based interns to assist with the vital investigation work that we conduct on criminal defence cases in the US. The internships will initially be remote as the main 255 office is based in London with interns receiving supervision from a 255 staff member. Applicants should have access to a computer, preferably their own laptop and good Internet access.
Investigation work on the type of cases that we are working on is difficult and challenging, but immensely interesting and exciting, and moreover incredibly important. We are looking for some amazing people to be a part of the amazing work that we do. We are also looking for individuals that will assist with the vital investigation training that 255 conducts and is developing at present in the US.
Applicants should possess a strong set of communication and analytical skills, intellectual agility, excellent writing abilities, acumen for research, and cultural sensitivity, and must be appropriately discreet with confidential information. You should be both a good ‘at your desk’ and ‘on the feet’ thinker, and someone who thinks creatively and you should bring a vibe, yes a vibe to 255 and the work that you will assist with.
The Internship is unpaid but is of huge value to us as we expand our work. Interns will receive invaluable training in investigation and an understanding of how to investigate effectively and impact positively on criminal defence cases. The minimum requirement in terms of time would be 5-10 hours and your time commitment can be discussed should you be successful at interview. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible after the application period begins.
255 welcomes all applicants FROM THE US ONLY, but does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
Applicants are encouraged to apply via e-mail by submitting the following documents combined into one PDF with the filename format “Your Last Name, 255 US Intern programme”: (1) a cover letter, (2) your resume, (3) a writing sample (something that you have written that is no more than seven pages), and (4) the names and telephone numbers of two references familiar with your skills. In the cover letter, please explain how your life experiences, training, and work experience have prepared you and enhance your ability to work with 255 conducting investigation and to work with and understand those whose cases we work on and their communities.
Please e-mail your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org with your last name in the subject line followed by 255 US INTERN PROGRAMME. Qualified candidates whose backgrounds best meet the needs of 255 will be invited to an interview via phone, Skype or FaceTime. Questions regarding the 255 US Internship Program can also be submitted to email@example.com with US INTERN PROGRAMME QUESTIONS as the subject line.
Lickle But We Tallawa is a Jamaican phrase that means we are small put powerful that is true of 255 and we look forward to you joining our small but powerful team.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We are always looking for volunteers to assist with our casework and our development and will be recruiting for UK-based and general volunteers in 2017.
As a growing social enterprise we are seeking funding to kick start some of our development projects. We are also looking to expand our London office space so if you would like to assist us in our work by helping fund our development projects and/or by donating office space please also get in contact using firstname.lastname@example.org .