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Philly DA Research/Policy Internship

Under the leadership of Lawrence S. Krasner, the District Attorney’s Office of Philadelphia is focusing on policy and research in support of a mandate to engage in transformative criminal justice and social reform. Efforts are underway to effectuate systemic and systematic short- and long-term change, and interns and research assistants with diverse skillsets are needed to support, inform, facilitate, and empirically document its progress. Students will work in a collaborative environment with attorneys, analysts, and a criminologist, and have the opportunity to interact with people throughout the office and Philadelphia while engaging in cross-cutting work.

  • Applicants should be curious, resourceful, and thorough.
  • Undergraduates, professional school, and graduate school students may apply.
  • Experience engaging in legal or social science research is preferred, as is training in qualitative or quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis.
  • A range of academic backgrounds are suitable, including but not limited to Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Government, Information and Computer Sciences, Law, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, and Urban Studies.
  • Clearly indicate areas of topical expertise or specific skills in your cover letter (e.g., drugs, housing, mental health, white collar or environmental crime, reentry, restorative justice, geospatial mapping, NVivo or similar, cost-benefit analyses, program evaluation, coding, ethnography, running focus groups, social network analysis, R, Python, SPSS).
  • Students supervised by faculty at their institution may receive course credit for their work, per school policy.

 Please contact Oren M. Gur, PhD, Director of Research and Policy Advisor, with any questions (oren.gur@phila.gov), or submit your cover letter and the attached 1-page application to Vania.Tonelotti@Phila.gov.

 

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