Getting Out and Staying Out


Location: Staten Island, NY

Address of Internship: 75 E 116th Street

Number of Positions: 1

Organization Description

Getting Out & Staying Out (GOSO) is a job readiness and education program that serves young men 16 to 24 years of age that have had some involvement with the criminal justice system. GOSO provides participant with job readiness skills, an internship program, vocational trainings, an onsite HSE school program as well as individual and group counseling. GOSO also provides court advocacy for clients and connects eligible clients to benefits such as health insurance, SNAP, Public Assistance and Supportive Housing.

GOSO has 14 full time staff, working with over 450 young men a year in our East Harlem Community Office who have had involvement with the criminal justice system.

An intern could provide a crucial positive influence in one of our participants’ lives, many of whom articulate the program as akin to family. The intern would also provide much needed support to a small full-time staff and potentially provide valuable feedback for program evaluation and improvement as a pair of fresh eyes. 


Position Description

In the past students have provided the agency with areas of support in both administrative and client facing work. Interns will be able to run or co-facilitate our job readiness workshops. They will also assist clients in applying for jobs or updating their resumes. If the student is interested they can also provide tutoring services for our clients who are in school. Finally, students will support our administrative team in running the front desk. This could include answering phones, handing out metro cards to participants, directing clients to groups or light filing/scanning. Students have also worked on special projects such as updating our computer database and providing outreach to our clients that are being released from Rikers Island.



The intern will be deeply immersed in the Institute’s criminal justice work. As a result, they will need strong critical thinking and writing skills, a high level of professionalism, and attention to detail. Given the nature of the intern assignments (including but not limited to research and attending public meetings/hearings), the Institute encourages students to be inquisitive, adaptable, and receptive to feedback. To thrive in this environment the intern will need good communications skills and technical proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.