Generously funded by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, Oscar S. Straus II Fellows in Criminal Justice are a group of Princeton University, Columbia University, and Barnard College students who intern each summer at New York City criminal justice non-profit organizations. Here they engage in direct client services, legal services, social services, and policy research. This program was launched in 1996 and supports 16 to 20 internships, each provided with a $450 per week stipend. The Guggenheim program intends for students to develop a real-world understanding of legal issues in criminal justice, to learn about policy innovations, and to consider future careers or further education in fields related to criminal justice.
Seniors are not eligible to apply for the Guggenheim internships. Please note: if you will be abroad in the spring, you must meet with us prior to leaving campus if you plan to apply. We will not accept applications from students who do not meet with us.
Guggenheim Internships Application Process
Each student may apply to two Guggenheim internship opportunities. A separate personal statement must be submitted for each internship to which you apply. The Pace Center staff is available to help applicants more clearly understand the organizations and can provide former intern evaluations upon request. The application consists of an online form, brief personal statement, and resume.
The application consists of an online form, brief personal statement, and resume. All application materials for 2015 internships were due by 5 p.m. on January 26, 2015.
All applicants will be notified if their application is forwarded to an internship organization. At the organization’s discretion, phone or in-person interviews may be held with select candidates beginning in mid-February. Final internship decisions are made on a rolling basis by the internship organization, with all interns placed by the end of March. Internship placements will be evenly split between Princeton University, Columbia University and Barnard College students. When an offer is made to a student, the student will have five business days to respond to the offer. If the student accepts, all other applicants will be notified and the student is required to withdraw from all other opportunities to which he or she has applied for the summer. Please note that some internship organizations have specific pre-hire requirements. If these requirements are not met, the internship offer may be rescinded by the internship organization. All pre-hire requirements can be found in the internship description.
After you accept your internship, you are required to work with your host organization in the spring to determine internship dates and length. Guggenheim interns are paid via a series of stipends from the University and interns are responsible for any and all tax liabilities. Federal work-study students may be paid through the Office of Student Employment(link is external).
Housing is not provided for Guggenheim interns. Please consider travel and housing expenses before submitting an application. Reasonably priced housing can often be obtained from universities (NYU, Barnard, Columbia, New School), alumni networks, regional associations and other programs in the area. Former intern evaluations are often very helpful in determining where former interns lived while working at a Guggenheim internship location. For more information about summer housing, please visit Career Services’ housing resource(link is external).
A mandatory orientation session will be held in April in Princeton. At Orientation, Guggenheim interns will meet other interns from Princeton, Barnard and Columbia, hear from a keynote speaker and learn more about the internship requirements, including readings, weekly postings, seminars, and the prison visit. The internship is supplemented by a robust seminar series, meeting three to four times over the course of the internship to hear from speakers, discuss readings and have the opportunity to share internship experiences with each other. In addition, all interns participate in an online discussion board where interns provide weekly postings on relevant readings and issues, as well as updates on their internship work, the results of their summer learning, and contributions to the organization. A day-long visit to a correctional facility is also scheduled so all interns have the chance to observe and reflect upon the incarceration experience. Each Guggenheim intern must complete a final evaluation and a final report at the close of their internship.
Application due – January 2015
Internship organization interviews – mid-February 2015
Internship organization decisions – March 2015
Determination of internship dates/length – April 2015