ABOUT THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit www.innocenceproject.org.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Social Work Intern provides support to the Social Work department with supporting Innocence Project (IP) clients ) and assists the Social Work Department in serving as a bridge in their transition to life outside of prison after wrongful incarceration. These responsibilities may also extend to other Network Member Organizations (NMO) across the country.
In addition to providing client support and advocacy, the primary focus of this internship is to support the Social Worker and Social Work department. The Intern also works closely with other IP staff.
All Innocence Project employees must embrace, respect and value the rich diversity of perspectives and experience of a diverse and heterogeneous staff. We recognize and appreciate that our work is better for having varied participants and thought partners.
The duties of this position require a minimum of 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office/remotely.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Client advocacy and support
- Conduct needs assessment for mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, domestic violence and medical needs.
- Curriculum development
- Group facilitation
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Undergraduate in Social Work, Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work preferred with current enrollment in an accredited master’s degree program in social work
- Solid interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of individuals
- Some experience facilitating groups preferred(necessary?)
- Researching community resources
- Understanding of the impact of the criminal justice system and intersectional oppression
- Demonstrated interpersonal and counseling skills with a non-judgmental approach
- Strong advocacy skills and a strong commitment to social justice
- Proactive problem solver
- Motivated and able to work independently
- Must be able to work with groups of diverse individuals in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways
- Enthusiasm for the work of the Innocence Project and for social justice
- Attention to detail
- Persistent, patient and able to multitask
- Must be able to work with groups of diverse individuals in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways.
- Enthusiasm for the work of the Innocence Project and for social justice, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest
- Shares values of equity, excellence, collaboration, humanity, integrity, respect, and accountability
WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. Individuals with personal connections to the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.
To apply, please visit Paycom. Upload a cover letter expressing your interest in the role and the organization’s work, and a resume titled with your name (last name. first name. cover letter/resume). Only applications with cover letters will be considered complete applications. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone or direct email.