Intern, Research and Policy (Summer 2018)

Academic Credits





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The National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College (NNSC) seeks a part-time or full-time graduate student intern to support its research and policy team. NNSC supports cities to implement and advance proven strategies that reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communities, and improve relationships between law enforcement and communities.

The research and policy team gathers knowledge from the NNSC’s fieldwork, as well as the criminal justice field at large, to support the organization’s central mission of improving public safety and building trust between law enforcement and marginalized communities. We also publish a variety of written products—from informal memos to formal guidebooks—to support our existing fieldwork and emerging policy thinking.

Our team seeks an intern who is comfortable with writing in academic and technical settings, synthesizing research and data, and working collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. The intern’s primary responsibilities will include writing, reading, editing, and communicating with our team and national partners. We will assign our intern other responsibilities based on their specific skill and plan to discuss that in detail during the interview process.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting short briefs and memos
  • Producing one longer research project
  • Reviewing news, scholarship, and publications from the field
  • Drafting proposals for grants and research presentations
  • Developing slide presentations
  • Populating and managing databases
  • Editing and copyediting
  • Communicating with our national partners by email and phone


  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Strong writing and editorial skills
  • Strong sense of professionalism and discretion
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of criminal justice issues
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and communicate effectively with others


The NNSC can support interns eligible for federal work-study or seeking to receive college credit for their internship hours. For full-time interns who do not have funding through an outside source (school, work-study, grant, etc.), a stipend will be available for the term of the internship.

To qualify for federal work-study/college credits: Students are responsible for obtaining advance approval from their institution for both 1) using their internship for college credit and/or 2) receiving federal-work study payments while at the National Network. Please obtain this approval before your interview and be prepared to provide proof of eligibility and/or award.

How To Apply

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The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act e-verified employer.