Spring Development Internship
Domesic Violence Project
The Domestic Violence Project at the Urban Justice Center seeks a highly motivated development intern to fill DVP's Development Intern position for the Spring semester. The applicant should demonstrate a commitment and interest in non-profits and community organizing.
The Development Intern is responsible for assisting the Director of Development and Project Director in researching funding streams and coordinating individual giving campaigns. Additionally the intern is responsible for assisting with letters of intent, grant writing, fundraising and developing our social media outlets. Additionaly advocacy and client interaction is possible if of interest to candidate.
Motivated undergraduate, graduate students or recent graduates with an interest in grassroots organizing, fundraising or grant writing are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have strong writing skills, the ability to work independently, background in web design/development, social media and background/interest in event planning.
This is a part-time unpaid internship position to commence in January 2014. The intern will be located in our Manahttan office and be expected to work about 20 hours a week. Ideally, the position will last 4 months or longer.
Interested applications should submit both a cover letter and resume. Writing sample and references may be requested upon interview. Submit application to: email@example.com, Atossa Movahedi, Esq., Director of Development/Special Counsel.
The Urban Justice Center, a leading legal nonprofit in the fight against poverty in New York City, is looking for an unpaid intern to work 6 hours/week in our Development Department, with a focus on communications and social media. We have identified social media as a new priority, and we are looking for an intern who can help us explore the possibilities of using social media communications to drive donations, event ticket sales, and website visits.
This intern will work closely with our Director of Development, Gretchen Wagner-Nealon, as well as with our Executive Director, Doug Lasdon, giving them a unique view of the inner workings of a groundbreaking nonprofit. Duties may include (but are not limited to) writing web & social media copy, newsletters, and best practices guides; researching and developing relationships with important networking partners; assisting with event marketing; preparing Tweets and posts on behalf of the organization and its stakeholders; organizing digital and physical databases; filing; and other duties as assigned.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and two references to Hugh Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a subject line of "Development Associate".
Agency Grants Coordinator
Community Development Project
The Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center (UJC) seeks applicants for the position of Agency Grants Coordinator. This position is responsible for ensuring timely reporting and invoicing for government funding contracts shared by three or more of UJC’s eleven independent projects. The position reports to the Director of Development and Administration at the Community Development Project.
- Prepare and submit timely reports and invoices to funders
- Write grant proposals for government, foundation, corporate and other types of funders
- Regularly communicate contract requirements and updates to appropriate UJC projects
- Coordinate collection of case and fiscal data from UJC projects for use in funder reports and invoices
- Maintain accurate and updated records of contract statuses
- Input client and case information into external databases required by specific funders
- Provide general administrative and fundraising support as time permits
- Participate in general CDP staff activities such as staff meetings and committees
- At least 1-2 years of previous grantwriting and contract management experience strongly preferred
- Extremely organized and detail oriented
- Ability to juggle multiple tasks at once
- Ability to work on deadline
- Strong writing skills
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Experience working with Excel, Access, Word and web-based databases
The core responsibility of this position will be communicating with UJC’s eleven independent projects to gather necessary data for agency-wide reports and proposals, providing the projects with assistance and support as they assemble this data, and synthesizing the data into succinct reports for funders.
About the Urban Justice Center
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. We assist our clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to helping individuals access housing and government assistance, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change. Visit www.urbanjustice.org for more information about UJC and its work.
The Community Development Project strengthens the impact of grassroots organizations in New York City’s low-income and other excluded communities. We partner with community organizations to win legal cases, publish community-driven research reports, assist with the formation of new organizations and cooperatives and provide technical and transactional assistance in support of their work towards social justice. For more on CDP, visit cdp-ny.org.
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to email@example.com, attn: April Herms, Director of Development and Administration. The subject line of the email must include: “Agency Grants Coordinator.” Applications must be received by December 31, 2013, and will be considered on a rolling basis.
Director of Administration
The Urban Justice Center is looking for a full-time person to work directly for the Executive Director and the management team in developing, implementing, and overseeing the administration of our agency. An important part of the job is to help create an office culture emphasizing quality, continuous improvement, teamwork, high performance, and a satisfactory work experience for all staff-members. The ideal candidate for this position would be detail oriented, have the ability to work independently as well as with the Executive Director and the management team, communicate well with others and appreciate working in a diverse and progressive staff setting.
The Urban Justice Center
The Urban Justice Center is committed to creative and effective advocacy on behalf of some of the most marginalized communities in New York City. The UJC consists of eleven Projects, and a staff of about one-hundred full-time people. The staff is comprised of lawyers, social workers, researchers, and other advocates. We are committed to ensuring that the work of all staff and interns takes place in a professional, progressive, and supportive atmosphere that respects each individual’s needs and encourages each individual’s creativity. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. For further details about the office and our work, please see our website at urbanjustice.org.
Working with the Executive Director, and the management team to:
- Supervise administrative staff and systems administrator
- Implement human resources policies
- Manage agency-wide procurement and cost control initiatives
- Maintain excellent facilities
- Maintain human resources related systems and employee benefit programs
- Coordinate space allocation, including agency-wide move to new site
- Supervise Continuing Legal Education Program
- Coordinate organization-wide communications and special events
- Ensure legal compliance with human resources requirements
- Maintain appropriate lobbying requirements in compliance with the laws of New York City and State
- Bachelor's degree and at least 3 years experience, in HR, administrative, or project management roles. Graduate degree a plus.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills; ability and desire to collaborate with talented and diverse staff
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities adeptly
- Demonstrated success in implementation of office technologies
Salary depends on experience. To apply, please send resume with cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Director of Administration” in the email subject. Please do not contact us by phone or fax. All resumes will be reviewed and those selected for further consideration will be contacted directly. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling bases and the position will be filled accordingly, so applicants should apply as soon as possible.
Pro Bono Coordinator
Veteran Advocacy Project
The Veteran Advocacy Project (VAP) at the Urban Justice Center (UJC) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as the Pro Bono Coordinator. The Pro Bono Coordinator will be responsible for managing our pro bono Discharge Upgrade Clinic.
Project and Discharge Upgrade Clinic Overview
The Veteran Advocacy Project provides legal representation to low-income veterans, with a focus on those living with PTSD, substance abuse problems, and Traumatic Brain Injury. When these veterans face legal challenges, such as eviction or an improper termination of food stamps, it dramatically increases the risk that they will spiral further into illness, become homeless, or commit suicide. The Veteran Advocacy Project intervenes before veterans reach the breaking point by ensuring their access to housing, health care, and income.
Members of the military leave service with one of five discharge statuses that will determine their access to VA health care and benefits. PTSD and TBI wreak psychological havoc on our servicemembers and the resulting behavioral health problems can easily lead to bad discharge papers. In other words, veterans need treatment for the condition that got them cut off from treatment.
In New York City, there are no legal services organizations that focus on discharges. This past summer, we launched our pro bono Discharge Upgrade Clinic in partnership with the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School. This clinic seeks to provide pro bono legal counsel to low-income veterans applying for discharge upgrades.
- Manage Discharge Upgrade Clinic client intake and interviews
- Screen prospective cases
- Prepare and match cases with pro bono attorneys
- Manage pro bono case assignments and coordinate all assistance requests
- Develop pro bono recruitment, training, and informational materials
- Conduct outreach and develop partnerships with law firms, law schools, bar associations, and non-profits in the community
- Respond to inquiries for pro bono opportunities or information
- Maintain system to track pro bono cases and assistance
- Collaborate with other project staff to further develop and implement Discharge Upgrade Clinic goals
- A Bachelor’s degree is required and JD degree preferred;
- A thorough knowledge of the U.S. Military discharge upgrade application process;
- Excellent organizational and time-management skills;
- Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
- Efficient and meticulous attention to detail;
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work with people living with mental illness, substance abuse problems, and traumatic brain injury;
- Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high client load, to meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
- A strong commitment to public interest law and the rights of military veterans.
- Military experience or prior work with veterans is a plus.
The Pro Bono Coordinator is a part-time position (2 days per week with the possibility for expansion). Hourly pay is commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with "Pro Bono Coordinator" in the subject line to email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with interviews beginning immediately. We regret that, due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for further consideration.
Food Stamp Outreach Worker
Safety Net Project
The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to advocacy on behalf of New York City’s most vulnerable residents. The mission of UJC’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is to advocate for economic justice for no and low income New Yorkers. We conduct direct legal services, litigation, research and policy advocacy to preserve and expand access to public benefits programs and ensure government accountability. Direct services are based mainly in legal clinics at soup kitchens and food pantries in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn where we provide legal advice, referrals, advocacy, and representation for New Yorkers living in poverty.
- Developing outreach strategies to target households potentially eligible for food stamps
- Conducting outreach throughout the five boroughs of NYC to encourage food stamp participation
- Interviewing clients to prescreen for food stamp eligibility;
- Assisting households with the food stamp application process
- Exercising discretion and judgment with regard to development and implementation of outreach strategies and client intake;
- Referring households to other programs for which they may be eligible;
- Developing and maintaining good communication with other agencies to facilitate referrals;
- Conducting follow up to determine the outcome of households’ food stamps applications;
- Tracking data in internal database and assisting with preparing reports;
- Attendance at various conferences regarding food stamp initiatives
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- College degree required however professional experience in determining food stamp eligibility can replace educational requirement
- Fluency in Spanish required
- Knowledge of the food stamp program required
- Strong communication and public speaking skills
- Detail oriented and strong organization skills
- Ability to work independently to achieve required outcomes
- Familiarity with working with diverse populations
Please submit a cover letter detailing public interest experience/interest and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Food Stamp Outreach Worker” in the subject heading. Please do not contact us by telephone or fax. We will contact those applicants who we wish to interview and candidates will be required to bring references and a writing sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be filled accordingly, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. People of color, LGBT individuals, individuals who have personal experience with poverty, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Salary begins at $32,000 and is commensurate with experience; generous vacation and full medical and dental benefits are provided. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.
Legal Internship Positions (Summer 2014)
Community Development Project
The Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC) seeks law student interns interested in working with us during the summer of 2014 to protect the rights of low-income individuals and provide legal, technical and research assistance to grassroots community organizations working on various social justice issues. The main types of legal work that we provide to help advance community groups’ campaigns for social and economic justice are: housing; workers’ rights; legal help for community organizations and worker cooperatives; consumer justice; defending the right to organize; and foreclosure.
Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis and should be submitted by January 6, 2014. Summer 2014 internships shall begin in late May. Interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. Positions are not paid.
Applications will be accepted by e-mail only, directed to Stephanie Rudolph at email@example.com, and should include a cover letter and resume. Please indicate any foreign language skills, as well as any preference for practice area concentration described below (such preference is optional). Please write “Summer 2014 Legal Internship Application” in the subject line of the e-mail. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to respond to e-mails following up on previously-submitted applications. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by e-mail.
Interns will work in any/all of the legal practice areas within CDP, including:
- Housing & Tenants’ Rights: In partnership with tenant-organizing groups, we represent groups of tenants in lawsuits seeking relief from illegal evictions, harassment, failure to make repairs, lack of heat and hot water, lead paint and illegal rent overcharges.
- Workers’ Rights: We represent low-wage workers from workers’ centers against employers for failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, tip-stealing, unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and other violations of the labor laws. We also collaborate with community groups to provide legal support to employees involved in a variety of labor-related organizing efforts.
- Organizational Support for Community Non-Profits and Worker Cooperatives: We advise grassroots organizations in a variety of areas, including incorporation and tax exemption; compliance with non-profit, employment and tax laws; and real estate and lease issues.
- Consumer Justice: We support community-based organizations whose members and constituents are experiencing extraordinary debt collection abuse, and represent low-income consumers on matters such as identity theft and unlawful debt collection practices
- Foreclosure Prevention: We support community organizations whose constituents are impacted by the foreclosure crisis. We represent low-income homeowners in foreclosure proceedings and mortgage renegotiations.
- Defending the Right to Organize: We defend community organizations who have been sued because of their organizing activities, protecting their right to free speech and public participation.
Deadline: January 6, 2014; however, applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis.
Operations & Development Internship
Safety Net Project
The Urban Justice Center's Safety Net Project combines direct legal services, litigation, research, and policy to achieve economic justice for low- and no-income residents of New York City. Founded in a burned-out building in East Harlem in 1984, the Safety Net Project has since grown to include six free, frequent, and easily accessible legal clinics located in established community-based organizations throughout the city anchored by our Lower Manhattan offices.
Staffed by a team of experienced attorneys, advocates, researchers, and support staff, our project provides direct legal representation to New Yorkers experiencing problems with Public Assistance benefits, SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits, and DHS Shelter Application denials for homeless families and adult couples. We also assist clients with appealing unfavorable Fair Hearing decisions and with emergency rental assistance, and provide general legal advice and referrals regarding other legal issues outside of our practice area. In addition, we engage in affirmative litigation, research, and policy advocacy in order to enact systemic change.
We are seeking an Operations & Development intern to provide case management, operational, and development support to our staff. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited, to:
- Providing supervised case management services to clients intaked at our citywide legal clinics
- Supporting our team of attorneys and legal advocates as they provide public benefits and shelter advocacy services to low-income New Yorkers
- Engaging in outreach efforts in order to broaden awareness of the project and its mission
- Maintaining our social media presence and launching new initiatives as needed
- Assisting with the drafting of reports and the entering of client data into various databases
- Drafting grant proposals and researching new funding opportunities
- Other special projects, with an emphasis on new initiatives proposed by the intern
Successful candidates must have the ability to quickly learn about New York City’s complex public benefits system, an aptitude for engaging a variety of people, and a desire to work with New Yorkers living in poverty. Additionally, successful candidates will have the ability to work in multiple settings throughout the five boroughs while sensitively addressing the urgent needs of clients. Strong written, verbal, and organizational skills are essential.
Interested candidates should submit their resume, two references, and a 400 to 500-word cover letter to Adrian Untermyer, Operations & Development Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
SNAP (Food Stamp) Intern
Urban Justice Center – Safety Net Project
The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to advocacy on behalf of New York City’s most vulnerable residents. The mission of UJC’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is to advocate for economic justice for no and low income New Yorkers by conducting direct legal services, community outreach, litigation, research and policy advocacy to preserve and expand access to public benefits programs and ensure government accountability.
At Urban Justice Center’s SNAP clinics, we go above and beyond pre-screening people for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). We connect them with the best legal and community services that we can. We work closely with community organizations across the boroughs to ensure that eligible-persons have the best experience possible with the SNAP process as well as general public benefits concerns.
We are seeking a SNAP intern to help ensure that all eligible persons are aware of and receiving the food assistance that they have a right to. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited, to:
- Interviewing individuals to determine their eligibility for the SNAP program
- Helping clients understand the government public benefits system
- Conducting follow-up calls to ensure eligible persons do not experience further obstacles
- Answering the SNAP hotline
- Inputting and collecting data
- Researching SNAP policies
AP interns will alternate between outreach, research, and data collection. Possible outreach sites include hospitals, community centers, churches, and courts. Successful candidates must have strong organizational and administrative skills, the ability to quickly learn about New York City’s complex SNAP system, an aptitude for engaging a variety of people, and a desire to work with New Yorkers living in poverty.
Additionally, successful candidates will have the ability to work in multiple settings throughout the five boroughs while sensitively addressing the urgent needs of clients. Strong written, verbal, and organizational skills are essential. High proficiency or fluency in Spanish is required. Interested candidates should submit their resume, two references, and a 400 to 500-word cover letter to Adrian Untermyer, Operations & Development Associate, at email@example.com. Applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Sex Workers Project
The Sex Workers Project provides client-centered legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. One of the first programs in the nation to assist survivors of human trafficking, the Sex Workers Project has pioneered an approach to service grounded in human rights, harm reduction and in the real life experiences of our clients. Our professional service providers are multi-lingual, non-judgmental and bring more than ten years of experience. As the only US organization meeting the needs of both sex workers and trafficking victims, the Sex Workers Project serves a marginalized community that few others reach. We engage in policy and media advocacy, community education and human rights documentation, working to create a world that is safe for sex workers and where human trafficking does not exist.
About the Internships/Externships
The Sex Workers Project is looking for highly motivated problem‐solvers committed to advancing the rights of sex workers and survivors of trafficking.
Legal Interns will work closely with staff attorneys on a wide range of cases, which may include applications for special visas for trafficking survivors, assisting clients in criminal court, and researching novel legal topics facing sex workers. Summer Legal Interns are expected to work full time for 10 weeks. Applicants should have excellent writing, research, and interpersonal skills and an awareness of the systemic barriers facing our diverse client and constituent populations. Semester Legal Interns are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week for 10 weeks.
Research, Policy, and Administrative Interns are open to those in undergraduate or graduate studies, or not in school. These interns are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week for 10 weeks. Research interns assist with our human rights documentation projects, and policy interns work directly on our campaigns for reform at the local or federal level. Administrative interns help us maintain files and systems, work on fundraising, and generally support our work and clients.
The Sex Workers Project also hires Social Work Interns through Columbia and Hunter Social Work programs only – if interested, please contact your internship coordinator.
To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and two references (names and phone numbers/emails) to Sienna Baskin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply early – internships are filled on a rolling basis. People of color, transgender people, people with disabilities, and people with experience in the sex industry are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applying for Interships
The UJC always welcomes internships. If you are interested, please review our website to determine which project you would like to apply for, and write to:
Urban Justice Center
Attn: Director, Project Name
123 William Street 16th Floor
New York, NY, 10038
We cannot respond to telephone calls, emails, or other inquiries concerning applications.