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Internships and Externships

2022 Externship Program

 

Come join the team at the Offices of the New York State Inspector General as a Law Student
Extern!


An externship at the Offices of the New York State Inspector General (OIG) offers second and third-year day law students, as well as evening law students who have completed at least three (3) semesters, a unique opportunity to learn about New York State Government as you work alongside OIG Investigative Counsels, Investigators and Auditors, investigating complaints of corruption, fraud, criminal activity, conflicts of interest, and abuse in the state’s executive branch agencies and related entities.

We are seeking highly motivated and detail-oriented law students who love a challenge, work well as part of a team, bring a fresh perspective and innovative solutions to the table, and are passionate about our core mission of enhancing integrity, transparency, and accountability in our state government.

The externship program offers substantive legal tasks that give participants a true look into the work of the office and allows them to not only have hands on experiences, but also to demonstrate their writing, analytical and advocacy skills.

Externs will be responsible for assisting with investigations by conducting researching on a wide variety of legal issues, compiling and analyzing documents, drafting and editing legal memoranda, proofreading and cite checking letters and reports, drafting correspondence to other state, local, and federal agencies and assisting investigators, attorneys, and auditors with other miscellaneous tasks.

Details of Program

Interested law students must be receiving course credit for their work at OIG as part of an independent study, externship program or clinical program, and are encouraged to commit to work part-time (10-15 hours/week) for at least a semester (10-12 weeks) or the minimum stipulated by their externship, clinic, or independent study. Students hired for the Fall Term may begin their placements on September 12, 2022, or later.

Format of the Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the 2022 Fall Program is still to be determined. We hope to be able to offer students the option of either a remote or in person experience. Should an in-person experience be possible, per OIG policy, confirmation of full vaccination status will be required for this placement. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results at a frequency determined by the agency.

Applying to the Program

The application period for the Fall 2022 semester will open on May 13, 2022 and will be accepted until July 29, 2022. Externships are available in our NYC, Buffalo and Albany offices. Offers will be made on a rolling basis until the program is full. Interested students may apply by emailing a resume, writing sample, transcript, and cover letter indicating the office in which you seek to be placed, to [email protected] with “Externship” in the subject line.

 

2022 Case Management Internship

Case Management Internship (Albany Office) - Non-paid/Credit

The Offices of the Inspector General are seeking highly motivated, detailed-oriented individuals who possess excellent written and oral communication skills to intern in the Office’s Case Management Unit.

 

Background on the Office of the State Inspector General

Pursuant to Executive Law Article 4-A, the Office of the State Inspector General investigates allegations of corruption, fraud, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse in State agencies within its jurisdiction.

Allegations are received and processed through the Case Management Unit. Members this Unit serves the integral function of examining allegations to determine whether such fall within the Inspector General’s jurisdiction and culling the necessary information to allow for further investigation.

Interns will work under the direction of the Case Management Supervisor and be responsible for the following duties:

  • Review and process written complaints and determine jurisdiction
  • Track complaints in a computerized case management system, forward correspondence to investigative staff, maintain filing system, and ensure correspondence is processed in a timely manner.
  • Populate the Intelligence database
  • Draft referral letters to other agencies
  • Perform research for the entire staff, including investigators, attorneys and auditors.
  • Assist executive management staff with miscellaneous tasks as requested
  • Creating databases, inputting data and analyzing such accordingly

Interested students may email their cover letter, resume and a copy of their transcript to: [email protected]. Please reference "2022 CMU Internship" in the subject line.

 

Format of the Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the 2022 Internship is still to be determined. We hope to be able to offer students the option of either a remote or in person experience. Should an in-person experience be possible, per OIG policy, confirmation of full vaccination status will be required for this placement. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results at a frequency determined by the agency.

 

Public Affairs Internship

Come join the Offices of the New York State Inspector General as a Public Affairs Intern!

A public affairs internship at the Offices of the New York State Inspector General (OIG) offers students a unique opportunity to learn about New York State Government as you work alongside the OIG Communications and Strategic Initiatives Team. We are seeking highly motivated and detail-oriented college or graduate-level students who love a challenge, work well as part of a team, bring a fresh perspective and innovative solutions to the table, and are passionate about our core mission of enhancing integrity, transparency, and accountability in our state government.

The internship program offers substantive communications and public affairs tasks that give participants a true look into the work of the office and allows them to not only have hands on experiences, but also to demonstrate their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills. Interns' responsibilities include conducting research, compiling, and analyzing documents, drafting, and editing memos, drafting public-facing materials and content (including social media posts), and assisting the Communications and Strategic Initiatives Team with other tasks.

More information and application instructions here.