The Policing Project at NYU Law is seeking applications from current law students to join our team as legal interns for summer 2022.
Background on the Policing Project
The Policing Project partners with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. We work across a broad range of issues—from use of force and racial profiling, to facial recognition and predictive policing. We do so in close collaboration with groups from across the ideological spectrum and with stakeholders that typically find themselves at odds, including policing agencies, community organizations, governments, and other non-profits. Our work takes us all over the country and is moving the needle in tangible ways.
We bring a new approach to this fraught area, one grounded in democratic values. In particular, our work focuses on ensuring accountability and democratic participation on the front end. Front-end accountability involves promoting public voice in setting transparent, ethical, and effective policing policies and practices before the police act. The goal is achieving public safety in a manner that is equitable, non-discriminatory, and respectful of public values.
We also are deeply involved in efforts to reimagine what public safety should look like. Too often government has turned to the police to address social problems, when armed officers are not the answer, but other social services—governmental and community-based—are. We have a national research and redesign effort underway, including deep engagement with impacted communities, to transform substantially what public safety means and how it is achieved.
You can learn more at www.PolicingProject.org.
Responsibilities of Legal Interns
Legal Interns engage in a wide variety of work depending on the Policing Project’s priorities. Responsibilities include:
- Conducting a wide range of factual and legal research for our litigation and emerging police technologies portfolios. Past projects include:
- Researching First Amendment implications of an agency’s aerial surveillance program;
- Drafting memoranda on whether a local law enforcement agency has authority to conduct canine searches in high schools;
- Factual research on emerging surveillance technology for the AI Ethics Board of a leading policing technology company.
- Drafting model policies, statutes, and public-facing materials. For example:
- Outlining a regulatory framework for law enforcement use of private surveillance systems as part of a civil rights audit of a major tech company;
- Synthesizing statewide regulatory approaches to police use of automated license plate readers to develop a model statute;
- Authoring blog posts and explainers for our website.
- Providing event and meeting support, such as planning agendas and supporting the events and communications teams in organizing closed door and public events. Past events include:
- Closed-door roundtable on law enforcement use of social media monitoring featuring tech industry leaders, chiefs of police, and leading civil rights advocates.
- Conference on law enforcement use of face recognition technology attended by privacy advocates, legal experts, government officials, and tech vendors.
Legal Interns will work closely with the Policing Project’s leadership team, including Professor Barry Friedman, and with other members of the Policing Project staff. Our work often requires close collaboration with both community groups advocating for police reform and with active police officials. Legal Interns should be comfortable with this type of broad engagement.
This is a full-time internship position. Although this internship is unpaid, we encourage students to apply for other sources of funding, and we will support you in any way we can.
To apply to be a Legal Intern, submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, brief writing sample of 5-10 pages, and at least two references as one PDF to email@example.com. Indicate “Summer Legal Intern Application” in the subject line. We will no longer accept applications after February 4, 2022, but will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage you to apply early.