Brooklyn Defender Services

Apply HERE (Applications due February 17, 2017)

Websitehttp://bds.org

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Address of Internship: 180 Livingston St, Suite 300 Brooklyn, NY 11201

Position Description

BDS seeks undergraduates and recent college graduates with an interest in and a commitment to social and criminal justice issues for our Investigative Assistant Internship. Investigative Assistants locate, interview and take detailed statements from the witnesses, run background checks on witnesses and police officers, obtain and review video surveillance footage, draft and serve subpoenas, photograph and diagram crime scenes, and transcribe audio recordings. Investigative assistants additionally provide administrative assistance to the investigator team. While some of the investigative assistant’s work will take place in the office, much of it will be out in the field—in private homes, in local businesses, on the street and in the greater community. Ideal applicants should be comfortable working all over Brooklyn and should possess characteristics necessary to approach and interact with strangers about sensitive subjects. Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative setting and be able to produce high-quality written work. The internship will start with an intensive, multi-disciplinary two-week training where the interns will rotate shadowing some of our staff investigators. Investigative assistants will learn about our progressive approach to representation, our different practice areas and the laws and ethics involved in investigation. Following the initial training period, investigative assistants will continue to receive ongoing training and supervision from an experienced staff investigator who will serve as a mentor and will be responsible for assigning cases.

Qualifications:

While some of the Investigative Assistant’s work will take place in the office, much of it will be out in the field— in private homes, in local businesses, on the street and in the greater community. Ideal applicants should be comfortable working all over Brooklyn and should possess characteristics necessary to approach and interact with strangers about sensitive subjects. Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative setting and be able to produce high-quality written work.

Required qualifications and abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Interest in criminal justice, especially the fields of criminal defense and the rights of the accused
  • Strong writing ability
  • Fluency in another language is highly desired, but not required