Student internships open at state court system

As part of the New York State Courts’ ongoing efforts to promote civic participation and provide young people a firsthand opportunity to learn about the New York state courts’ work — including the varied career opportunities available in courts across the state — Chief Administrative Judge Joseph A. Zayas, First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Norman St. George and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Edwina G. Richardson announced this week the second-year launch of the court system’s Student Aide Summer Internship Program.

This interactive, paid internship offers high school students, recent high school graduates and college students a chance to develop a concrete understanding of the government’s Third Branch, with the interns gaining knowledge of New York’s state court operations, the civil, family and criminal justice systems, and the roles of the various professionals working in service of the courts’ mission, among other court- and law-related topics.

In addition to the experience and knowledge gained from their job assignments, the interns benefit from training in computer, business writing, public speaking, negotiation and other essential job skills. They also engage in a variety of enrichment activities, including court tours and panel presentations. This year’s program will include a panel discussion on leadership with Chief Judge Rowan D. Wilson, Judges Zayas, St. George and Richardson, and the New York State Courts’ entire judicial leadership team.

“I am delighted to announce the second-year launch of this well-received and meaningful program. The New York State Courts’ student internships afford young people across our state a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience, under the guidance of veteran court professionals, and to develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the judiciary’s vital role in our democracy — providing them a strong foundation as engaged and thoughtful citizens of the world,” said Chief Administrative Judge Zayas. “I strongly encourage high school students, recent high school graduates, and college students of all backgrounds from across the State who have an interest in the law and justice system to apply to the court system’s 2024 Student Aide Summer Internship Program.”

There are multiple internship opportunities available within the court system in courts and court offices throughout the state. The internship program will run from July 8 through Aug. 14, 2024. Student Aide I Interns earn $18 hourly. Candidates should have an interest in working in and learning about the justice system and/or legal profession. Students who are economically disadvantaged or come from underserved communities are encouraged to apply. Applications must be postmarked or received by May 3, 2024.

For more information about Student Aide I Internship Program opportunities, including the required qualifications and how to apply, go to www.nycourts.gov/legacyPDFs/careers/statewide/1430.pdf.


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