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Internship/Externship Opportunities

Division Initiated Action Unit

The Division Initiated Action Unit (DIAU) is responsible for identifying, investigating, and bringing complaints to remedy large-scale and systemic discrimination in New York State. Depending on the current caseload, Interns/externs in the DIAU may gain experience in some or all of the following: legal research, witness interviews, field visits, data analysis, settlement negotiations, and the drafting of legal memoranda, correspondence, position statements, investigative reports, and administrative complaints. The internship/externship provides an opportunity to contribute directly to high-impact cases affecting large numbers of New Yorkers.

Legal research
Legal writing
Data analysis
Document requests and reviews
Drafting investigation reports
Witness interviews

Requirements:  Preferred Standing: Law Student; Minimum Standing: Graduate Student
 *A redacted writing sample is available at the end of the internship.
**Strong preference is given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in human rights/civil rights issues and a commitment to public interest work.

To apply for any DHR internship/externship, please forward a résumé, a 5-10 page writing sample, and a cover letter to:

New York State Division of Human Rights
One Fordham Plaza, Fourth Floor
Bronx, New York 10458
[email protected]

For further information on DHR internships, and other New York State internships, visit Opens in a new windowthe New York State Department of Civil Service internship website.

The Division is proud of the diversity of participants in its program and encourages all students to apply.

We thank you in advance for your interest in interning with the Division.