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Part think tank, part advocacy group, and part cutting-edge communications hub, the Brennan Center for Justice aims to hold public institutions accountable to core American values — democracy, justice, freedom, and equality. We work toward a more diverse and inclusive United States.

To do this, we:

  • research and craft innovative policies and advocate for them in Congress, the states, and the courts;
  • spark debate in the court of public opinion;
  • build support to drive our mission;
  • help our employees thrive and develop; and
  • continuously ensure fiscal sustainability and growth.

Core Values

Our internal culture hinges on four values. To uphold these values, we integrate them into our work and life at the Brennan Center.

Drive Visionary Goals through a Pragmatic Approach

We strive to reform our systems of democracy and justice by delivering clear-minded and independent analysis. We earn trust in our professional expertise through rigorous research and a focus on facts. Realizing durable change takes time, so we always keep in mind the long-term impact of our initiatives. We set achievable goals with tangible outcomes, and reach them through practical, solutions-driven methods.

Promote Openness & Accessibility

We produce our best outcomes by leveraging diverse experiences and perspectives. We foster an internal culture that is equitable and rooted in dignity and respect. Historically marginalized communities suffer most from the problems we seek to solve, and colleagues that reflect those communities enrich our work. We welcome all staff and external contributors at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, age, ability, religion, and socioeconomic status. By exercising multidisciplinary thinking, we aim to generate ideas that are accessible and relevant to our teams and the broader multiethnic American public.

Nurture Growth & Excellence

We foster a spirit of curiosity and inquiry, adapting to new information, taking ambitious risks, and learning new skills that will develop us professionally and personally. We exercise creativity and innovation in alignment with our mission, constantly advancing both the organization and ourselves.

Cultivate Meaningful Teamwork & Collaboration

Collaboration and teamwork are essential to growing and sustaining our development. We strive to build trusting bonds through mutual accountability and communication that is inclusive and transparent. We reinforce these bonds with unwavering kindness, humility, flexibility, and empathy across all teams. We make decisions through a balance of thoughtful feedback, respectful candor, and careful consideration of all points of view.

Protect Our Democracy. Fight for Justice. Join Our Team.

The Brennan Center has a variety of opportunities available for those interested in joining the fight. Every position plays an important role in helping us achieve the organization’s mission.

We hire full- and part-time programmatic (Democracy, Justice, Liberty & National Security, Strategic Advocacy, and Fellows) and administrative (Communications, Democracy, Development, Events, Finance, IT, Operations, and Human Resources) staff.

We also hire legal and undergraduate interns for the fall and spring semesters and during the summer to work with our programs on policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives and to provide administrative and programmatic support to staff in our Communications, Democracy, Development, Events, Finance, Human Resources, Justice, Liberty & National Security, and Operations Departments.

In addition, we offer some opportunities, such as the Public Policy Advocacy Clinic, exclusively to NYU School of Law students. These students often earn credit for their work, can develop law review pieces and other papers on subjects growing out of the center’s activities, and are encouraged to apply for postgraduate fellowships at the Brennan Center.

We look forward to learning about the skills, perspective, and passion you could bring to our work.


We offer competitive salaries, and our extensive benefits change in response to workplace trends and employee feedback.

Health and Wellness

  • Comprehensive Cigna medical coverage with free United Healthcare dental & vision care
  • Teladoc free virtual medical care
  • Health Advocate Employee Assistance Program providing financial, legal, and professional resources and mental health support
  • Pet insurance with 24/7 vet helpline
  • $500 annual reimbursement for costs related to fitness, wellness, and mental health care

Life Insurance & Long Term Care

  • Company-sponsored life insurance with short- and long-term disability
  • Company sponsored long-term care with buy-up options for you and your family
  • Employee-paid voluntary life insurance for you and your family

Pre-Tax and Retirement Savings

  • Tax-saving transit and parking commuter benefits and flexible spending accounts
  • Safe harbor pre- and post-tax 401k plans with a generous company match and financial planning tools

Time Off

  • Generous paid time off policy
  • 12 paid holidays
  • 8 sick days
  • 4 personal days
  • 18 weeks of family and medical Leave

Education & Professional Development Reimbursements

  • Tuition and bar preparation
  • Attorney annual/bar registration
  • Bar association membership
  • Bar exams
  • Notary Public renewal

NYU Benefits

We have access to a variety of benefits through our affiliation with New York University, including but not limited to legal databases, CLE-granting courses, libraries, and discounts.

Current Openings

If you have questions regarding your application, e-mail us at No calls, please.