Internship Opportunities at CCYJ

Interns are a vital part of the Center for Children & Youth Justice.

Our founder believed in opening pathways for aspiring system reform advocates. Today, the Bobbe Bridge Internship Fund, named in her honor, supports up to five paid internships every year.

CCYJ hosts up to five interns every year. And because Interns are part of our workforce, we pay our interns workforce wages. Some CCYJ interns channel their efforts into nonprofit functions, like finance and development. Others want to be involved in specific projects, like eQuality or the Leadership, Intervention and Change program (LINC).

Depending upon current needs and opportunities, CCYJ interns may be active in any following areas of system change:

Early Childhood Courts
Keeping Kids in School
Reducing Gang Violence
Supporting LGBTQ Youth
Combating Child Sexual Exploitation

Whatever your interests, as a CCYJ intern you will enjoy a potentially life-changing opportunity to both learn and contribute. At CCYJ, interns learn by doing!

Support The Bobbe Bridge Internship Fund

Justice Bridge mentored hundreds of young people throughout her career. When she retired in 2018, the Bobbe Bridge Internship Fund was established in her name.

Support for the Bobbe Bridge Internship Fund helps CCYJ provide high-quality, paid opportunities for people who want to gain knowledge about, and experience in, facilitating system change. And CCYJ interns do more than learn. They contribute—to our work and our success.

Your contribution to the Bobbe Bridge Internship Fund will help strengthen CCYJ today and build a foundation for future system reform. And they are tax deductible, too.

To learn more about how you can support internships at the Center for Children & Youth Justice, please contact Karyssa Gonzalez at


Becoming a CCYJ Intern

CCYJ hosts interns throughout the year, on a rolling basis. Summer interns should apply by March 15.

CCYJ interns may work in person or remotely, according to the nature of their assignment. Most internships at CCYJ combine in-person and remote work. Hours and length of service may vary, depending upon each individual’s availability and CCYJ’s needs and expectations.

The day in the life of a CCYJ Intern varies – they may be out in the field with their team, managing a project, or preparing and attending virtual/in-person meetings, task forces, and conferences. Other days, they may be working in the CCYJ offices, at home working remotely. Knowledge and tech saaviness in Microsoft, G-Suite, Zoom, Asana is helpful.


Individuals with lived expertise gained from contact with Washington’s child welfare or youth criminal legal systems are encouraged to apply, 

There are no age or education requirements for becoming a CCYJ intern. However, most of our interns have been students—in high school, college, or graduate or law school, studying Public Policy, Systems Change, Public Health, Social Work, and NonProfit Management

To learn more about becoming a CCYJ intern, please contact

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“I was able to bring my own unique set of experiences and ideas to the organization. For me, personally, it was very much a founding moment.”



“I didn’t feel like an intern—it was my title, but I just felt like one of the people working on the important work of CCYJ.”



“Working with Justice Bridge, working with judges and seeing the important role that judges play, helped lead me to the work that I’m doing now.”

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