Office of the New York State Attorney General


Executive Division

Research Department – Research/Data Intern – New York City

The Research Department in the Office of the New York State Attorney General (“OAG”) is seeking qualified Harvard undergraduate research interns. The Research Department 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. While the OAG does not finance these internships, refer to Harvard’s Institute of Politics, Phillips Brooks House Association, or other Harvard-affiliated public service entities for funding.

Employing over 1,700 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.

Interns will support the work of the Research Division through:

  • Performing various qualitative and quantitative research tasks.
  • Working collaboratively with research team and other interns to further mission-oriented goals.
  • Synthesizing pertinent facts and issues from large amounts of information/data.
  • Disseminating findings into clearly written reports.
  • Performing other duties as required.

We are seeking applicants with the following qualifications/skills:

  • Demonstrated interest in public policy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Some prior experience in research and/or analytics.
  • Comfort working with large datasets.
  • Highly organized, self-directed, and resourceful.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of database language (SQL, R) a plus.
  • Knowledge of other coding languages (Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS) a plus.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or InDesign 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

You may address your cover letter to Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief, Legal Recruitment.

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