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Justice Program, Graduate Internship

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion. 

The Brennan Center’s Justice Program seeks to improve our criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration while keeping the country safe. The program blends law, policy, and economics to produce new empirical analyses and advance innovative policy solutions to advance this goal at the federal and state level. 

Position: The Brennan Center is seeking an intern to provide research support for staff in our New York, NY office. The intern will assist with a fiscal impact study of court-imposed legal financial obligations, or “fees and fines,” in criminal justice matters. The Brennan Center team is assessing the overall costs of collecting these fees, comparing them with revenues in representative jurisdictions to ascertain whether this practice is an effective form of criminal justice policy. The ideal candidate will be a college graduate who has completed some graduate-level coursework in the area of public policy or a social science.


The intern will assist the Justice Program’s attorneys with research on crime and incarceration in the U.S. and will report to the Research and Program Associate. The intern’s responsibilities will primarily consist of: 

  • Gathering publicly available data 
  • Cleaning and merging data from CSV, XLS, TXT, and PDF sources 
  • Maintaining large datasets 
  • Writing formal requests for data 
  • Survey distribution and administration 
  • Providing support for other data-related efforts as necessary


  • Completed coursework in statistics, data analytics, and economics, in addition to criminal justice, sociology, and policy analysis. 
  • Proficiency in R (or similar software packages) and experience using data wrangling packages, including dplyr, tidyr, data.table, and stringr, is preferred. 
  • Interns must be open to evolving responsibilities. 
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to succinctly translate jargon into accessible prose for lay audiences. 
  • The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented self-starter that is energetic and highly organized.

Salary: $15.50 per hour.  15-20 hours/week.

Applications: Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. To apply, visit  Please upload the following application materials: cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Justice Program, Graduate Internship” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.  No phone calls, please.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, gender identity and expression, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated. 

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