Office of the New York State Attorney General
LOCATION: New York, NY
INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government
ABOUT US: 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.
RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: 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.
Coding & Programming
- Statistical & Data Analysis
REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: The Research & Analytics Department (RAD) utilizes Microsoft Teams and Webex to stay in contact and collaborate with each other. Every morning we have a meeting to discuss our goals for the day, and then we have other virtual activities including team lunches, book club, and coffee chats. Our interns are always welcome to join these group activities, as well as participate in any of the virtual offerings provided by the Office of the Attorney General.
TIME ZONE: ET
WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.
EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE:
Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
- Personal laptop
2020 Intern Reflection:
I only recently started my work with the Research and Analytics Department at the New York Office of the Attorney General, but so far the experience has been fantastic. It is a small team, and everyone has been incredibly welcoming to me and the other intern. They were very prepared with IT onboarding and orientation, and I started doing real projects on the third day, which is a welcome change from long orientation and training processes I've seen in the past. The primary project I have been involved with is reviewing data on police conduct during the George Floyd Protests this summer and linking this information with training participation records of individual officers. The team was very responsive to what topics I wanted to pursue, and I feel very open to reach out to anyone and ask to aid them on a subject I find particularly interesting. I'm really looking forward to what the next few weeks have in store!
-Stephen Nyarko '21
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