Getting Out and Staying Out

Apply HERE (Applications due February 15, 2019)


Location: New York, NY

Address of Internship: 75 East 116th St. New York, NY 10029

Number of Positions: 2

Organization Description

Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) empowers young men to avoid reinvolvement in the criminal justice system by reshaping their futures through educational achievement, meaningful employment, and financial independence. GOSO focuses on individuals’ capacities and strengths, as well as developmental needs and emotional well-being. Our aim is to promote participants’ personal, professional, and intellectual growth by providing goal-oriented programming and comprehensive supportive social services.

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. 
GOSO is possibly the only reentry organization in all of New York State that employs licensed mental health providers as their Case Managers/Social Workers. The small size and large impact the organization has provides a unique opportunity for any applicants to learn about several career fields of interest from a distinct perspective, while being involved in all aspects of the work. The placement would have a highly individualized internship plan developed by supervisor and intern, while offering an undergirding structure for supervision, guidance, and professional development.

Position Description

The intern would be involved in nearly every aspect of the organization. For the first several weeks, they would be first sit in on the following job readiness workshops run by staff: Orientation, Introduction to Interview Skills, Career Exploration I and II, Resume Writing, Advanced Interview Skills, Effective Work Habits, and Networking and Job Search. The intern would be expected to help facilitate at the beginning of their internship, eventually running whichever workshops they had an interest in or were requested to by staff. In addition, the intern would have the option to tutor in our High School Equivalency (formerly GED) program or be a co-teacher for our summer school. 

Additional direct client service would occur on Rikers Island, assisting our Reentry Coordinator with recruitment and providing reentry services to young men who are currently incarcerated. 

Interns would be expected to provide administrative support to all staff members, which could involve data entry, proofreading, filing, and other clerical duties. Interns are encouraged to brainstorm their own projects that would promote their own growth and be beneficial to the organization and the people it serves. The intern would be expected to contribute to the team-oriented approach in service delivery, positively engaging clients both formally and informally while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. 


Qualified candidates would have high levels of cultural sensitivity, an ability to demonstrate empathy, and genuine curiosity about the dynamics about the lives of the people served, the workings of the organization, and best practices in the fields of youth development, criminal justice, and reentry. An openness to learning and growth remains paramount, along with excellent written and verbal communication. Potential interns would have an interest in social work, public service, nonprofits, or law.

Students who have a background/knowledge of the criminal justice system and/or have a history of tutoring and group facilitation would be a good fit for GOSO. However, we are looking for motivated, curious individuals who can motivated self-starters that can work in a very busy office.