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Fall 2018 Undergraduate Internship - NYC

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection 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.

We are seeking interns to provide administrative and clerical support to staff in our New York office in our Communications, Democracy, Development, Finance & Operations, Human Resources, Justice, and Liberty & National Security Programs/Departments.

Responsibilities: All interns will assist with general administrative, research and clerical work for the Brennan Center, including filing, photocopying, answering phones, shipping and mailing, coordinating meetings, drafting routine correspondence and covering the reception desk.  Additionally, there will be opportunities to attend and observe substantive meetings, events, and conversations on program work.

In addition to administrative and reception duties, specific responsibilities for each department include:

Communications – Tracking and organizing press coverage; managing our press database; creating press clips and tear-sheets; building and updating press lists; creating and editing event transcripts; and assisting with public and private events. 

Democracy – providing administrative support for litigation; conducting research; tracking legislation; gathering and analyzing data; updating web pages and blogs; and preparing employee expense reports.

Development – assisting in event organization; conducting prospect research; assisting in donor correspondence; updating the fundraising database; preparing mailings to donors; and supporting the individual giving and foundations teams.

Finance & Operations - assisting in processing payables and receivables; backing up Accounts Payable staff, after learning software and systems; processing job postings and applications; updating job recruiting sites list and contact info; assisting Human Resources staff with various HR projects.

Human Resources - intern will assist the HR Generalist and Operations Coordinator with research projects, on-boarding of new hires, recruiting support, general administrative, and clerical work for the HR/Operations Department, including updating data spreadsheets, filing, photocopying, answering phones, shipping and mailing, coordinating meetings, drafting routine correspondence and covering the reception desk.  Additionally, there will be opportunities to attend and observe substantive meetings, events, and conversations on Brennan Center program work.

Justice – compiling a list of relevant daily news stories on criminal justice; tracking the status of legislation and recent developments in the criminal justice field; researching and building lists of key stakeholders; maintaining program database, proof-reading and fact-checking for upcoming program reports and publications; conducting background research for media appearances and blog posts; helping to organize and coordinate program events.

Liberty & National Security - conducting research on program issues; supporting LNS’s Freedom of Information project; copy-editing and cite checking research papers, blogs, op-eds, or other materials; assisting with scheduling, mailing publications, and maintaining contact lists.

Qualifications: The ideal candidates are independent self-starters; detail-oriented; energetic; punctual; and highly organized. Interns must also have excellent, research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as a passion for our issues.  Experience with Windows XP, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word a must.  Database experience is very helpful. Must be open to evolving responsibilities.

This internship is only open to current undergraduate students.

Hours: 15-25 hours per week.

Pay: $13.25 per hour.

Duration: One semester.

To Apply: Please visit and upload (preferably as pdf) your cover letter (copy and paste in the space provided), resume, and a list of contact details for three references.  In your cover letter, please specify the department that most interests you. No phone calls, please.

Application Deadline: August 10, 2018, however, candidates will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center: 

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity; 
  • Considers and hires applicants who have been previously incarcerated; 
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; 
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 
  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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