Summer Interns

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law is seeking summer interns to work with us, in New York, on a variety of projects at the leading edge of policing reform.

Background on the Policing Project

The Policing Project partners with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. We work across a host of issues—from use of force and racial profiling, to facial recognition and predictive policing. We do so in close collaboration with groups from across the ideological spectrum and with stakeholders that typically find themselves at odds, including policing agencies, community organizations, governments, and other non-profits. Our work takes us all over the country and is moving the needle in tangible ways.

We bring a new approach to this fraught area, one grounded in democratic values. In particular, our work focuses on ensuring accountability and democratic participation on the front end. Front-end accountability involves promoting public voice in setting transparent, ethical, and effective policing policies and practices before the police act. The goal is achieving public safety in a manner that is equitable, non-discriminatory, and respectful of public values.


Temporary / Seasonal


Applicants must have strong written and oral communication skills, be self-motivated and detail-oriented. Past research experience is a plus, as is substantive interest in law, criminal justice, and policing. Because some of our projects involve metrics and cost-benefit analysis, some familiarity with data science and/or basic modeling would be helpful, but is not required.


Applicants are encouraged to seek independent funding through an accredited institution, fellowship grants, or internship programs. The Policing Project is happy to work with your school or program to make arrangements and meet requirements.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample by January 31 to Nicole Bernardo, Please indicate “Summer Internship” in the subject line of your email.