The Legal Aid Society’s Investigator Internship provides undergraduate students interested in law with an exciting, hands-on, in-the-field experience. Interns assist lawyers and investigators with fact investigation and trial preparation. Working in teams of two, interns help locate witnesses, conduct interviews, canvass for video surveillance, obtain written statements, perform criminal background checks, review crime scenes, conduct social media searches, prepare trial exhibits and testify in court when necessary.
Investigative Interns are carefully selected and must have a genuine interest in public service and the representation of low-income New Yorkers. This internship is an unpaid volunteer position and is available full-time during the summer and part-time during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Training is an essential ingredient to the success of the program, which begins with a mandatory orientation, training, and is supplemented with on-the job training such as shadowing experienced investigators in the field.
The Legal Aid Society’s Investigator Intern Certificate Program
The Legal Aid Society Investigator Internship is a certificate program. The main goal is to ensure that each intern gains knowledge both from an academic stand point as well as in-the-field experience. This is achieved by providing substantive legal lectures as well as giving the intern meaningful field assignments.
In order to provide students with the skills and tools to perform the job, the program begins with a week-long mandatory orientation and training. Students are given investigator training materials, which they will use throughout their training and internship. The training curriculum includes, but is not limited to: The American legal system, civil law, criminal justice, criminal law, constitutional law, theories of defense. Interns are also provided with skill training such as, case management and organization, understanding system-wide case-flow, interviewing techniques, requirements for taking written statements. Investigative interns gain hands-on experience through shadowing senior staff investigators in the field. Following the initial training, students are paired-up and then assigned a variety of cases with different investigators and attorneys, who will directly supervise the work of the intern. This ensures a diverse and comprehensive experience for the intern.
The pool of interns is selected from various colleges and universities including, but not limited to CUNY at John Jay, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Fordham, St. John, Bowden, Browne, Long Island University, Queens College, St. John’s University, Pace University, Stanford University, Duke University, Dartmouth, Monroe College, and Trinity College.
Prior to the close of the internship students must submit a Response Paper providing feedback about their experience as an investigator intern for The Legal Aid Society. Some of these papers have been selected by their schools for publication.
The internship concludes with a Certificate Ceremony at the end where successful interns receive a certificate of accomplishment followed by a reception.
I. SUMMER SEMESTER
Our Summer program is a full time program which requires students to volunteer 40 hours a week Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Unfortunately, the summer internship is not available on a part-time basis.
We are always happy to cooperate with students and their schools to secure class credits or funding from outside sources.
II. FALL/SPRING SEMESTER
Positions are available part-time during the Fall and Spring semesters which requires that students donate two full days to the internship, choosing from a schedule of Monday through Friday, from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are always happy to cooperate with students and their schools to secure class credits or funding from outside sources.
Note: all internship positions are unpaid.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and applicant information form applicant information form > in one single PDF to email@example.com.
Internship Start Date:
November 4, 2016
December 5, 2016
Week of January 23, 2017
March 31, 2017
May 1, 2017
June 5, 2017
July 28, 2017
August 25, 2017
During the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters student seek outside funding to help cover cost during their internship period. Many students apply to their schools either through career services or other departments for public interest fellowships given that our internship program is unpaid.
Other outside funders for our summer internships include: