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General Counsel Intern (ID: 107602) for Fall 2019


Off of Children and Family Svcs

52 Washington Street
Rensselaer , NY 12144
Phone: (518) 473-7936

Division/Unit: Legal Affairs


Web Site: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us(New Window)


Proposal Information


Interns with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services will assist the Division of Legal Affairs in completing its duties at OCFS. OCFS serves New York's public by promoting the safety, permanency and well-being of New York States' children, families and communities. OCFS' main office is at 52 Washington Street in Rensselaer, NY, which is just across the Hudson River from New York State's capital city of Albany and next to the capital district's Amtrak Station. OCFS provides free parking and is easily reached by bus transportation.
Interns will receive a fully immersive hands-on practical learning experience, and discover what it means to function as an attorney for OCFS. OCFS' legal staff provides legal support for a vast and diverse array of topics including, but not limited to, juvenile justice, adoption, foster care, day care, child protective services, adult protective services, domestic violence victims' services, and general administrative concerns (e.g., Freedom of Information Law, ethics issues and contracts). Intern experiences and duties will include assisting in administrative enforcement investigations and hearings; attending administrative hearings; assisting in drafting legislation and agency rule making; review of contracts, Freedom of Information Law requests and child protective services indications; researching vital statutory issues to provide integral legal advice to OCFS; and drafting significant memoranda for various issues facing OCFS.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. OCFS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. OCFS is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities and workplace diversity. It is the policy of OCFS to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying or for which they are employed. OCFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.



Strong desire to learn

Good time management

Ability to multi-task

Attention to detail

Sound written and oral skills


Internship Areas: Legal Specialties

Logistical Information

Payment? Paid

Number of Hours: 30 or more

Location: Rensselaer

Number of Interns Needed: 6

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing 3rd Year Law Student

Minimum Standing: 1st Year Law Student

Degree Concentrations: Legal Studies