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Urban Justice Center – Safety Net Project Operations & Development Intern

The Urban Justice Center's Safety Net Project combines direct legal services, litigation, research, and policy to achieve economic justice for low- and no-income residents of New York City. Founded in a burned-out building in East Harlem in 1984, the Safety Net Project has since grown to include six free, frequent, and easily accessible legal clinics located in established community-based organizations throughout the city anchored by our Lower Manhattan offices. Staffed by a team of experienced attorneys, advocates, researchers, and support staff, our project provides direct legal representation to New Yorkers experiencing problems with Public Assistance benefits, SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits, and DHS Shelter Application denials for homeless families and adult couples. We also assist clients with appealing unfavorable Fair Hearing decisions and with emergency rental assistance, and provide general legal advice and referrals regarding other legal issues outside of our practice area. In addition, we engage in affirmative litigation, research, and policy advocacy in order to enact systemic change. We are seeking an Operations & Development intern to provide case management, operational, and development support to our staff. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited, to:        Providing supervised case management services to clients intaked at our citywide legal clinics Supporting our team of attorneys and legal advocates as they provide public benefits and shelter advocacy services to low-income New Yorkers Engaging in outreach efforts in order to broaden awareness of the project and its mission Maintaining our social media presence and launching new initiatives as needed Assisting with the drafting of reports and the entering of client data into various databases Drafting grant proposals and researching new funding opportunities Other special projects, with an emphasis on new initiatives proposed by the intern

Successful candidates must have the ability to quickly learn about New York City’s complex public benefits system, an aptitude for engaging a variety of people, and a desire to work with New Yorkers living in poverty. Additionally, successful candidates will have the ability to work in multiple settings throughout the five boroughs while sensitively addressing the urgent needs of clients. Strong written, verbal, and organizational skills are essential. Interested candidates should submit their resume, two references, and a 400 to 500-word cover letter to Adrian Untermyer, Operations & Development Associate, at Applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.