The Bronx Defenders

Undergraduate Summer Internship, 2018

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The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks energetic undergraduate students committed to public service and social justice to join our Summer Internship Program. Please see available undergraduate internship opportunities below:


PARENT ADVOCATE INTERN: Parent Advocates are a vital part of an interdisciplinary legal team advocating for parents whose parental rights are in peril and whose children are at risk of being removed into foster care.  As part of this interdisciplinary team, Parent Advocates work collaboratively with social workers, legal advocates and lawyers with the goal of reunifying parents and their children. Parent Advocates work with social service programs and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to garner the necessary resources to support the stability of families in the Bronx. The majority of the work of a Parent Advocate intern does not take place in the office, but is carried out in the community and Family Court, as well as at various social service agencies throughout New York City.

Practice Specific Qualifications

  • Must have interest in and be committed to defending indigent parents in child welfare proceedings in the Bronx community


INVESTIGATIVE INTERN: 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 the work of Investigators 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 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.

Practice Specific Qualifications

  • Must be comfortable working in the Bronx community and able to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Must be able to produce high-quality written work
  • Flexibility is a plus


COMMUNITY ORGANIZING INTERN: Our Community Organizing Project is a vital part of our work here at The Bronx Defenders, fighting for systemic reform, informed by the expressed needs of the Bronx community. Interns will support the Organizing Project in engaging Bronx residents in community organizing efforts around immigration, criminal justice reform, family reunification, education, housing, police accountability and more. Responsibilities will include extensive community outreach, such as phone banking, flyering, door knocking, street outreach, and digital outreach, assisting with trainings and general membership meetings, and engaging with stakeholders such as educators, elected officials, and organizational leaders in the social justice field. Additionally, interns will assist with programming for our holistic mentoring program for Bronx youth. Interns will also have opportunities to learn about our Criminal Defense, Family Defense, Immigration and Civil Action Practices.

Practice Specific Qualifications

  • Must have knowledge and understanding of the issues facing our client population and the provision of client-centered services to low-income people
  • Must have exceptionally strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working in the Bronx or working with people in the criminal justice or family court system strongly preferred
  • Direct experience with or knowledge of the criminal justice or family court system is a plus



CIVIL LEGAL ADVOCATE INTERN: Civil Legal Advocates are a vital part of our interdisciplinary teams, operating in a variety of venues and providing a myriad of services to our clients. Civil Legal Advocate interns will support advocates in holding the New York City Police Department accountable for misconduct, as well as defending our clients’ property rights and access to housing and public benefits. Intern responsibilities will include various projects such as developing materials for our Know Your Rights guides, participating in our Notice of Claim Clinic to challenge police misconduct, working on our Criminal Record Project by correcting rap sheet errors, and assisting clients with applications for Certificates of Relief from Disabilities. Interns will also help to gather documentation to prepare for clients’ hearings, provide support to our community intake program, and work with our Legal Advocates to recover clients’ property confiscated in criminal proceedings.

Practice Specific Qualifications

  • Must have interest in and be committed to defending indigent individuals in civil proceedings in the Bronx community


  • Interest in social justice issues
  • Interest in supporting individuals navigating the criminal court system
  • Genuine interest in serving and collaborating with racially and socio-economically oppressed communities
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate effectively to a diverse group of clients, staff, and partner organizations
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively
  • Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish is a plus!


The summer internship will begin on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and end on Friday, August 3, 2018.

To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please specify in your cover letter for which internship(s) you would like to be considered.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 12, 2018. You will be contacted by January 26th if you are to be invited to interview. Only candidates who are selected to interview will be contacted. For local candidates, interviews will take place on The Bronx Defenders Justice Campus located at 360 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY. Otherwise, interviews will be conducted via telephone or Skype. If you have any further questions, please contact Kate McCreary at No phone calls, please.

The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences and communities to apply.


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