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Pretrial Intern

Eager to Start a Career in Criminal Justice but Lack Experience?


Our work seeks to reduce jail overcrowding and unnecessary detention in New York City.  


Pretrial Interns support the Agency’s efforts to reduce jail overcrowding and unnecessary detention for the City's court involved individuals. With exposure to the inner workings of the arrest-to-arraignment process, Pretrial Interns will learn about the bail process and assist in the agency's Bail Expediting Program in court. Interns are also taught best practices in customer service, working in our Failure-to-Appear unit helping to reduce the rearrest of people who have missed court dates.  

Do you have an interest in learning how CJA's work is contributing to the fair and respectful treatment of court-involved individuals?

Are you passionate about being an agent of change in the NYC Court System?

This internship is for enthusiastic students in good standing, who aspire to become well-informed criminal justice professionals. This is a unique and valuable experiential learning opportunity designed to help aspiring criminal justice professionals explore their skills, talents and passion for work in the criminal justice field.


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.


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 duties 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


NOTE: Candidates must be able to commit up to 15 hours per week, or meet the individual school’s minimum requirement for weekly hours.  The program is 11 weeks long. 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 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: February 4, 2019

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