New York City Department of Corrections

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Location: New York

Former Intern(s): Alicia Corona, Princeton '13; Olivia Ley, Princeton '13

Organization Description

The NYC Department of Correction is the second largest jail system in the country with approximately 12,500 inmates in custody on any given day and a staff of over 10,000 personnel. DOC's mission is to keep communities safe by safely and securely detaining inmates and preparing them for successful community reentry after their release from jail.

Guggenheim Internship Description

The two Guggenheim internship opportunities, include: 1) in the office of the commissioner; 2) in the programs and strategic planning unit. 

The opportunity with the Commissioner's Office will involve working alongside staff in the legislative affairs, constituent services and victim services offices. Sample projects include working with City Hall on current legislative and intergovernmental issues affecting DOC operations (e.g., raise the age, transgender housing, immigration issues, etc.) and developing proposals to enhance operational efficiency agency-wide. Focus groups with inmates, staff and victims will likely be a part of the internship experience. 

In the programs, discharge planning, and strategic planning unit, the focus of work will involve developing agency-wide proposals to enhance service provision for adolescent and mentally ill populations and conduct research on best practices in discharge planning and preparation. Group session observation and inmate interviews will be incorporated into the internship experience.

Part of the internship experience includes direct contact with staff and inmates on Rikers Island and other DOC facilities.

Intern Qualifications

Excellent writing and oral communication skills are a must. 

Background in analytic skills and data management a plus. Experience in SPSS or other statistical software a plus. 

Interns must be self-motivated and require minimal supervision. 

Prior background working in an institutional setting is a plus.

Expected start time: 9:00 am

Expected end time: 5:00 pm

Internship Length: 8-10 weeks

Additional Information: Travel to East Elmhurst, NY required.

New York City Department of Corrections Internship Application