About the Program
The Center for Court Innovation is seeking Legal Interns for the summer of 2019. Legal interns spend their summer working in a specific department at the Center for Court Innovation. One of the highlights of the internship will be the opportunity to visit several problem-solving projects throughout New York City and to meet with prominent justice system stakeholders. The goal is to showcase examples of how the justice system has collaborated creatively to develop and evaluate new ideas and practices.
This is not a traditional legal internship. There will not be a direct legal service component, although there may be opportunities for working directly with the communities we serve through community outreach, workshops, surveys, or other engagement.
This summer, the following departments are seeking Legal Interns.
- Fair and Just Prosecution
- Gender and Family Justice
- Jail Reform
- Mayor’s Action Plan
- Research Department
- Technical Assistance
- Training Institute
- Treatment Court Programs
- Youth Justice Board
In your cover letter, please identify three departments (listed above) that you would like to work with.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Conducting legal and policy-based research and analysis
- Assisting in the planning and implementation of new initiatives
- Providing consulting services to jurisdictions interested in implementing justice reforms
- Drafting, reviewing, and editing legal and research-based practitioner publications
- Assisting with the development of web-based and multi-media products
- Collaborating with researchers to conduct community-based surveys and program evaluations
The ideal candidate be pursuing a JD, completing your first or second year of law school. Candidate must have an interest or experience in criminal or civil justice systems and related policies. Additional qualifications include:
- Personal or professional experience working with under-served urban communities a plus
- Legal and non-legal research experience
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to interact professionally with a diverse set of partners, including members of the judiciary, court staff, community-based organizations, and criminal justice personnel
- While this is not a requirement, if you have basic facility with any statistical software package (SPSS, SAS, Stata, etc.) please mention this in your cover letter
Position Type: This internship will run for eight to ten weeks, commencing in late May or early June and concluding in August. Legal interns will have some flexibility in their start date. Metro Cards will be provided to help defray the costs of commuting to work and visiting local projects. The summer program usually includes 5-10 legal interns will be based at the Center’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. All interns will be supervised by an attorney on staff at the Center.
How to Apply
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Note: Your application packet should include the following: a letter of interest, resume, and a writing sample (limit 5 pages). The cover letter should explain your interest in the Center’s work, describe specific skills you would like to develop this summer, and identify three departments listed above that you would like to work with.
Note: The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Learn more about us at courtinnovation.org.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.