Bronx Defenders

Apply HERE (Applications due February 15, 2019)


Location: Bronx, NY

Address of Internship: 360 E 161st St. Bronx, NY 10451

Number of Positions: 2

Organization Description: 

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. Today, our staff of over 250 represents 35,000 individuals each year and reaches hundreds more through outreach programs and community legal education. In the Bronx and beyond, The Bronx Defenders promotes justice in low-income communities by keeping families together.

We look beyond individual cases and use community education, leadership development, impact litigation, and legislative reform to challenge entrenched problems that drive individuals into the justice system. We operate on multiple levels: as a provider of Holistic Defense working one-on-one with clients and families; as a community resource; and as a force for systemic change advocating with policymakers. We seek partnerships with community-based providers and leverage their expertise to ensure that our clients’ expressed needs are addressed. We also rely upon our deep connections to community members to alert us to emerging trends that directly impact our clients’ well-being.

Position Description :

The Bronx Defenders seeks thoughtful and dedicated investigators who will work alongside attorneys and advocates to defend Bronx residents accused of crimes. Investigators are a vital part of an interdisciplinary legal team representing Bronx residents charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in Bronx County Criminal Court. The majority of Investigators’ work does not take place in the office but is carried out in the field: at private homes, on the street, in local businesses, and in the Bronx community. Investigators may also be asked to interview individuals who are incarcerated at both New York City and New York State correctional facilities. Ideal applicants for the Investigator internship will be comfortable working in the Bronx community and possess the personality to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds, gather evidence and interview reluctant witnesses. The ability to speak Spanish is incredibly helpful in that regard. The schedule of Investigators often varies according to the availability of the witnesses, so flexibility is a plus.


Ideal applicants will be comfortable working in The Bronx community and possess the personality and ability to speak to strangers who are witnesses and agree to be interviewed. Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative setting, be able to produce high-quality written work, and be high energy, creative, and solution oriented. The schedule of investigators often varies according to the availability of the witnesses thus; Investigators must be flexible and able to available to work on the occasional evening or weekend.