Office of the New York State Attorney General

OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Executive Division

The Research and Analytics (“RAD”) Department in the New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) is seeking qualified Harvard undergraduate research and data interns. The RAD is part of the Executive Division and works closely with senior staff to support the OAG's major initiatives, investigations, and policy development. In the past year alone, our close-knit team has researched and written analytical reports garnering national attention, created and directed multi-million dollar grant programs, and supported several of the office’s major investigations. 

Employing over 1,800 people across New York State, the OAG is both the “People's Lawyer” and the State's chief legal officer. The OAG serves all New Yorkers in numerous legal and regulatory arenas, including vigorously protecting the rights of investors and consumers, coordinating state-wide criminal investigations, promoting economic and social justice, encouraging harm reducing public health strategies, and preserving the State’s environment. The OAG also advises the Executive branch of State government and defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the State.

Research and data interns will support the work of the RAD through:

  • Legislative tracking and referring relevant issues from news and other sources.
  • Conducting open-source intelligence (OSINT) research on social media and networking platforms.
  • Disseminating findings into succinctly written memorandums and other reports.
  • Working collaboratively with RAD and other interns to further mission-oriented goals.
  • For data interns: cleaning, analyzing, and summarizing large datasets.
  • Performing other qualitative and quantitative research tasks as required.

RAD is seeking applicants with the following qualifications/skills:

  • Demonstrated interest in public policy, public service, and social/economic justice.
  • Some prior experience in applying quantitative methods in research and/or analytics.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • Highly organized, self-directed, and curious.
  • Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite: Word and Excel (including formulas and pivot tables).
  • For data interns: knowledge of coding and querying languages (Python, SQL, R) preferred, data visualization software a plus.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The OAG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.

Finalists may be asked to submit the additional following materials:

  • Most recent transcript
  • Writing sample

2019 Intern Reflection:

This summer at the Office of the New York Attorney General has been all about using big data to solve big cases. Prior to this summer, I'd never worked with data and legal research extensively, but this internship has pushed my interests as far as public policy and legal advocacy, given me skills that I am grateful for, and pushed me to consider a different career trajectory. As a Government concentrator, I did not have a strong background in data science and normally prefer to steer clear of numbers, but this internship was such a learning experience for me to embrace trying new things and building new skills while also simultaneously working on skills that I have built at college (the research side).

This Director's Internship was one of the most unique working opportunities I've ever had. I worked on and contributed to numerous small and large cases dealing with important legal and political issues today. The Attorney General of New York is a black woman -- the first black woman to hold this position in New York State -- and being able to work under her, admire her, and aspire to be that kind of trailblazer through legal advocacy and public service is an experience that I am so glad I got to have. Outside of this, the Research and Analytics Executive Team is full of incredible, smart, and diverse people who have given me skills and helped me develop my passions.

Mari Jones '21

2018 Intern Reflection:

My internship in the Research and Analytics Department of the Executive Division in the Office of the New York State Attorney General has met and exceeded my expectations. I was officially welcomed on the first day of the Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP) alongside nearly 200 other undergraduate, graduate and law interns placed throughout the Office. By day’s end, I was already receiving detailed, thorough feedback on an initial research task. The team is relatively small, providing for a close-knit community within the Manhattan office that occupies seven floors in a new office space in the Financial District. I have learned to not mistake the friendliness and openness of the office culture for a lack of how serious they are in their mission to protect the interests of the people of New York.

I have contributed to multiple short and long term projects focusing on corruption, fraudulent activity, and other types of potential misconduct among multiple industries. The type of work assigned plays to your strengths while offering opportunities to learn new skills. Whether you approach the job from a social science background and are interested in honing your research and memo writing skills or you want to deploy the Python and SQL you learned in your data and computer science coursework, there is always work to be done. The team is committed to your professional growth and goes out of their way to create buy-in and make you feel a valued member of the office. Although a new Attorney General will be at the helm this time next year, the Research Department’s innovative work is widely recognized and I expect their work to remain essential to furthering the mission of the Office.

I would strongly recommend this internship to those interested in public policy, research, politics, and the law, and to those who are at least not afraid of basic computer and data science. I am happy to speak to anyone interested in applying to this internship, if offered in future years.

Tanner Gildea '19

New York City, NY