Pretrial Internship Summer 2018



The New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc. 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.

CJA is currently offering the following paid internships for undergraduate students eligible for major related internships for academic credit only. Criminal Justice, Legal and Justice Studies, Social Sciences or related majors, preferred.


The Bail Expediting program aims to assist the courts in identifying and expediting cases meeting specific bail criteria. CJA monitors court activity to identify bail eligible defendants whose bail has been set at $5000 or less, and assist in outreach to potential bail sureties. Interns will assist in tracking defendants who are being arraigned or who have missed pre-arraignment interviews  and help gather data for performance measures and statistical reporting. 

Criminal Justice, Social Service or related major, preferred. Some day and evening hours may be available.


FTA programs track defendants who fail to appear for post arraignment court dates and assist in gathering data from court documents used to identify defendants who have failed to appear for scheduled court dates.  Under direct supervision, interns will contact defendants and their attorneys to arrange voluntary appearance in court and assist in preparation of statistical data for routine reports. Some data entry and clerical duties required.


The Supervised Release program operates in the Queens Criminal Court to screen targeted defendants for release, subject to specific conditions including monitoring, supervision, participation in a screening protocol for substance abuse and mental health issues, and referral for psycho-social assessment. The targeted defendants are charged with non-violent misdemeanors and felonies, and present a moderate risk of failing-to-appear in court for placement into alternative-to-detention (ATD) programs.

The Court Services intern will learn about the screening criteria and the ATD treatment provider programs then assist Case Managers, assuring the suitability of the provider programs with the conditional terms of clients referred to their care and assisting in outreach to new and existing community partners. Interns may shadow court staff during arraignments or site visits to program providers.

NOTE: Candidates must be able to commit 20 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 any borough location. Students seeking credit must provide name and number of their Internship Coordinator.

START DATE: Mid-June 2018 

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.




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