UpNext- Midtown Community Court


Location: New York, NY

Address of Internship: 314 West 54th St. New York NY 10016

Number of Positions: 2

Organization Description

Launched in 1993, the award-winning Midtown Community Court is one of the country’s first problem-solving courts. It provides alternatives to fines and jail as a response to low-level crime. Seeking to reduce crime and incarceration and increase public trust in justice, the Midtown Community Court works with neighborhood stakeholders to improve Midtown Manhattan. The court responds creatively to low-level offending, seeking sentences that are restorative to the victim, defendant, and community. The court’s onsite social services clinic and fatherhood and workforce development program are open to everyone—court participants as well as community members. Always growing in its reach, the court currently hears cases that originate in four NYPD precincts and serves as the Adolescent Diversion Part and Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Manhattan. Most recently, in response to a national opioid crisis, the court launched Manhattan’s Overdose Avoidance and Recovery (OAR) part. The OAR part seeks to connect individuals who are at risk of overdose to substance use treatment and supportive services.

Position Description

-help with outreach/case management for client's receiving off-site services and assisting us with receiving in-kind donations

-work with clinic team to research and develop some art based projects to incorporate in Individual Counseling Sessions and groups

-Assist in the planning of MCC meetings, including site visits

-Research and identify potential outside referral partnerships to be used throughout MCC

-Assist Program Associate with developing social media content for MCC

-Coordinate and participate in community events, including Precinct Council and/or Community Board Meeting
coordinating precinct meetings, community board meetings,

-Data collection/research projects, as needed.

-Assist UpNext with daily classroom activities and perform icebreakers

-Provide computer assistance to participants during employment related workshops

-Assist UpNext in organizing events for participants such as alumni events, family trips to museums/and sporting events, and program cycle graduations

-Assist in performing outreach to potential and current participants to help monitor enrollment and attendance


Students should be prepared to work with a diverse population of fathers from different backgrounds.Students should be motivated to work, be on time, and be able to manage their time effectively. Critical thinking skills, humility, and a desire to work in a social justice setting empowering fathers is important.

Interns should be comfortable working in a setting with fathers who have diverse backgrounds. Interns should be able to demonstrate humility and empathy and this should be their approach to interacting with clients. It is preferable interns have a strong desire to work in a social justice setting and are interested in fatherhood work.