Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of volunteers that work with our office on a regular basis. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form on the right. Please note the following instructions, based on your individual qualifications:

Expert Witnesses 

We often utilize expert witnesses for case consultation and case analysis, who are kind enough to work pro bono or at a reduced rate. Please attach a current CV and note your specific interest in the text box to the right. In addition, every year we invite experts to educate our students on their particular expertise. This is an invaluable experience to the clinic students to learn from real life professionals on real life issues.  Our students leave the California Innocence Project with a plethora of knowledge across all fields of forensic science.

Attorney Volunteers

We have several hundred volunteer attorneys assisting us in a variety of ways. The most basic volunteer opportunity involves initial case screening to determine whether the Innocence Project should conduct a full-blown investigation. Our more seasoned volunteer attorneys (usually big law firms) partner with us on case representation. Please attach a resume and note your interest level in the text box to the right.


We have a panel of licensed investigators we use on a regular basis. In addition, retired police officers, sheriff’s deputies, parole and probation officers, and retired prison guards volunteer their time to conduct investigations on our behalf. Investigators can volunteer for a single investigation, or get more involved and take on an entire case (depending on experience). Please attach a resume and let us know your interest level in the text box to the right.


The California Innocence Project offers two types of internships which are outlined below. Please note, we do not provide remote internship opportunities; interns must be available to work in our San Diego office for the duration of their internship.

Legal Interns
We hire unpaid interns to work in our office during each trimester. This is a valuable experience for anyone interested in criminal law or post-conviction law. Hours are flexible (15-35 hours per week [preferred], Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). First priority will be given to high school, college, law, and post-bar students.

  • Summer Deadline: March 1st
  • Fall Deadline: July 1st
  • Spring Deadline: November 1st

Fundraising Interns
We offer unpaid fundraising internships throughout the year. Our fundraising interns assist our development team with database cleanup, research and follow-up, event planning, XONR8 gear sales, and various other fundraising efforts. This is an invaluable opportunity for anyone interested in learning about fundraising and development for nonprofits. If you are interested, select “Fundraising Intern” when filling out the form to the right. Be sure attach your resume and cover letter.

  • Rolling deadline
Event Hosts

Hosting an event is an amazing way to help raise awareness and support for our work. Event hosts often invite their colleagues and networks to their homes or other venues of their liking to enjoy appetizers and beverages, and to meet CIP staff and exonerees who share their stories of wrongful conviction. If you are interested in hosting an event, please fill out the form to the right and select “Event Host.”

CIP’s Justice Society

The California Innocence Project’s (CIP) Justice Society is a donor network for individuals who are interested in criminal justice and innocence-related issues. Members will be given monthly opportunities to develop their understanding of the criminal justice system while connecting with individuals with similar passions and interests. The only requirement to join the Justice Society is a $50 monthly donation, or a $600 annual donation. Click here to learn more.