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Pretrial and Research Intern

PRETRIAL & RESEARCH INTERNS

The New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc. (CJA) is a private non-profit corporation serving the City's Criminal Justice system by providing pretrial and research services.

CJA pursues its goal of servicing the criminal justice system in the following ways: decreasing the number of days spent in detention by criminal defendants; screening defendants for a range of non-custodial sanctions; reducing the rate of non-appearance in court among defendants released from detention and awaiting trial; and providing information and research services to criminal justice policy makers, City officials, and the public.

Stipend Paid & Credit Available

CJA is currently offering the following internship for undergraduate students. We offer a stipend for semester length assignments and weekly MetroCard to cover incidentals and expenses associated with participation in the program. Students enrolled in a matriculated program, wishing to gain credit or experiential learning, are welcome to apply.

OPPORTUNITIES

Bail Expediting Unit (BEX) - 4 Placements Available 

BEX programs aim to assist the courts in identifying and expediting cases meeting specific bail criteria.  Working under the Supervision of a Manager of Supervisor, interns will:

  • Monitor court activity to identify bail eligible defendants and assist in canvassing the court for potential bail sureties
  • Assist in tracking defendants who are being arraigned/missed pre-arraignment interviews
  • Assist with ad hoc clerical and support tasks

Failure to Appear Unit (FTA) - 4 Placements Available

FTA programs track defendants who fail to appear for post-arraignment court date. Under direct supervision the FTA Supervisor, interns will:

  • Identify defendants who have failed to appear for schedule court dates
  • Contact defendants and their attorneys to arrange voluntary court appearances
  • Assist in preparing statistical data for routine reports
  • Assist with data entry and clerical duties, as needed

Research - 1 Placement Available

CJA’s Research Department serves the agency’s mission by disseminating information about the Agency's activities, arrests and criminal court outcomes in New York City. To accomplish this, the Department issues reports about CJA operations, conducts studies on criminal justice policies and practices, develops risk assessment instruments to make release recommendations to the court, and evaluates CJA programs.

Under the supervision of a Senior Researcher, the intern would assist with various activities related to

  • data entry and  data analysis
  • results reporting for research projects pertaining to pretrial services

*Experience using SPSS, Stata, R, or a related statistical programming environment required for the research assignment.

NOTE: Candidates must be able to commit up to 15 hours per week, or meet the individual school’s minimum requirement for weekly hours. Good communications skills required, bilingual skills, a plus. Candidates must be able to accept an assignment in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan or Queens, although consideration will be given to student preference and school schedule. Students seeking credit must provide name and contact information number of their Internship Coordinator. Internships are open to all related majors for the specific assignments.

The New York City Criminal Justice Agency is committed to offering fair and competitive employment opportunities to all applicants. Former interns who have performed their responsibilities to our satisfaction and have shown the aptitude to assume the responsibilities of full time, entry level employment are invited to apply for positions as they become available. The successful completion of required internship hours is not an automatic qualification of employment.

Start Date: October 1, 2018

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