New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice


INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government


WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

ABOUT US: The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor on criminal justice policy and is the Mayor’s representative to the courts, district attorneys, defenders, and state criminal justice agencies, among others. MOCJ develops and implements strategies to reduce crime and incarceration and to promote fairness and legitimacy in New York City. MOCJ works with law enforcement, city agencies, non-profits, foundations and others to implement data-driven strategies that address current crime conditions, prevent offending, and build the strong neighborhoods that ensure enduring safety. This is an exciting opportunity for someone that is interested in learning the mechanics of City government and the criminal justice system. 

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: MOCJ is seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented IOP Director’s Intern with excellent analytic and communication skills to assist the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. We are committed to ensuring that interns have an opportunity to develop professional skills that support their career interests. Under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of Staff, the intern will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of developing policies for MOCJ initiatives, and will perform a wide range of analytical, programmatic, and administrative duties, and special projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Conducting a wide range of strategic research;
  • Synthesizing and summarizing information from news articles, reports, etc.;
  • Helping track various projects, programs and administrative matters;
  • Database maintenance, which includes data entry and reporting;
  • Assisting in the development of communication materials and strategies including web, social and traditional media engagement;
  • Performing a review of general news articles related to relevant topics;
  • Providing day-to-day administrative support (scheduling and coordinating meetings, preparing meeting materials, notetaking, etc.);
  • Attending high level meetings with various criminal justice stakeholders;
  • Special projects as needed.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS: Preferred skills and/or qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work efficiently and learn quickly in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to be detail-oriented, multitask, meet deadlines, and think critically and creatively
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, with strong fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Interest in criminal justice policy and/or of New York City’s criminal justice system
  • Knowledge of New York City, State, and Federal government (advantageous but not required)

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice intern will work for the Deputy Chief of Staff and have opportunities to connect and work for the office’s different teams and topic areas according to their interests. The intern will be in regular phone calls and Zoom meetings with office staff and external agencies and stakeholders, as well as social and networking opportunities within the office. The office has put in place various processes to facilitate opportunities for professional and social connection and networking while teleworking and ensure a productive and positive remote office culture. In addition to performing daily tasks, interns will also have the opportunity to participate in intern programming that will enrich their understanding of the criminal justice system and of working in public service. 


  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi

  • Personal laptop


2021 Intern Reflection:

Interning at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice has been a wonderful experience to get an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes of the justice system and law enforcement. Under the guidance of the Deputy Chief of Staff, I’ve gotten to work on projects like developing and training a machine-learning tool to detect online activity around topics like white supremacy, anti-Asian sentiment, and gun violence. I’ve also gotten to talk to various office members on other initiatives happening in the office. Due to the remote nature of my internship, I’m assigned a task or two every few days, and then I update my manager when I’m done completing my assignment, so it’s a lot of independent work and not as much of a team-feel at times. I definitely still feel like my work is indeed actually contributing to the work being done by everyone else though, despite being remote; I’ve had suggestions I’ve made at meetings and research that I’ve done actually change how a project is being executed, even those that cost hundreds of millions of dollars! Everyone at MOCJ is incredibly welcoming and friendly; they’ve made me feel like a valued member of the office despite being a remote intern. The great thing about this internship is that no particular skillsets are required, just perhaps some background knowledge/courses taken on the criminal justice system. Interns are assigned to different projects depending on what skills they have, so I haven’t had to work on tasks that I’m uncomfortable with or don’t have the skillset for already. I highly recommend anyone with an interest in the criminal justice system, community initiatives, and social policy in general to apply for an internship with MOCJ!

- Katherine Zhu

New York City, NY