Presidential Internship

Presidential Internship

President Mason with interns

The Office of the President at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is seeking qualified undergraduate and graduate students for the annual Presidential Internship program. Through this program current John Jay students will be exposed to the inner workings of an executive office in a major educational institution and assist the Offices of the President and Public Affairs in a broad range of capacities. Presidential Interns report to the staff of the Office of the President and the Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives.

General Responsibilities

  • Conduct extensive online research and analysis of documents
  • Draft memos, proposals, briefings, and promotional materials
  • Create and/or manage web content
  • Coordinate, help plan, promote and manage events and conferences
  • Assist External Affairs with outreach to external partners, including government officials and policy makers
  • Conduct student outreach and report on student issues
  • Conduct general administrative duties


The Office of the President is a dynamic workplace that must be responsive to many types of requests and issues. Therefore, successful candidates will demonstrate the competencies outlined below.


  • Junior, senior, or graduate John Jay student in good standing at internship start; BA/MA students may apply
  • Students with work authorization/permit may apply
  • Excellent research skills
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize texts
  • Ability to articulate viewpoints and present information concisely and accurately
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Strong background in writing and editing
  • Computer literacy, particularly Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Interest in public policy, governmental affairs, criminal justice reform, and/or social justice
  • Ability to multitask and set priorities
  • Ability to work independently



This internship is a part-time paid position. Interns will be required to work 20 hours per week and must adhere to the office confidentiality policy.

How to Apply:

Completed applications must be received by 5pm on May 11, 2018. Finalists will receive an invitation to an interview in May and should expect a 45-minute in-person activity designed to assess applicants’ relevant skills. Candidates should expect to be notified of selection by June. Selected applicants are expected to start their internship August 1, 2018. 

The Office of the President is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Only complete applications will be considered. Complete applications should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • Students are required to submit a GPA with their application, and are also invited to provide a brief explanation of any information relevant to their GPA.


Please deliver your application by email to or in person by 5:00 pm to:

Attn: Presidential Internship Application 2018-19
President’s Office, Suite 625
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019