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About the Organization DRNY, the Protection and Advocacy System and the Client Assistance Program for New York State is seeking an individual with a passion for achieving justice for individuals with disabilities. With a focus on civil rights and disability justice, DRNY actively works to break down the systemic oppression of all people with disabilities. DRNY recognizes the intersecting legacies and effect of ableism, white supremacy, colonial capitalism, and gendered oppression on people with disabilities. Joining DRNY is an opportunity to challenge systemic abuse, neglect, discrimination, and rights violations through case-handling, individual and systemic litigation, public investigations, advocacy, and collaboration with stakeholders. DRNY is committed to examining bias, privilege, racism, and intersectional social change in all aspects of our work. DRNY is a civil rights advocacy leader and we are seeking new staff who will contribute to our values and mission.


The Internship program provides the Intern the opportunity to utilize the education, knowledge and experiences acquired during their undergraduate or graduate education. The fundamental purpose of an internship is to provide the student with practical experiences and an opportunity to enhance skills through active participation and involvement, direct exposure and engagement in a variety of functions. The Intern will assist DRNY with various projects supporting the legal representation of individuals with disabilities in New York. The Intern may research case-specific legal issues and assist with developing case related materials.

This internship is unpaid but DRNY works with colleges, universities, and other organizations providing grants, scholarships, or work study funding.  

Essential Functions

The Intern performs a wide range of duties, including the following:

  • Provide critical research, analysis, and documentation for DRNY attorneys and advocates related to individual cases and systemic project work;
  • Attend client meetings, administrative and judicial hearings, agency meetings, depositions, and related events;
  • Accompany and support DRNY attorneys and advocates on monitoring and investigatory visits to facilities serving individuals with disabilities;
  • Proofread and provide content suggestions for written materials and documents;
  • Provide general support to the program attorneys and advocates, plus other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Applicant must attend an accredited college;
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint);
  • Ability to write and present in a polished and professional manner;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of DRNY;
  • Able to work independently;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Must have well-developed organizational skills and ability to manage multiple contemporaneous assignments;
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities (preferred); 
  • Passionate about issues affecting individuals with disabilities (preferred); and
  • Proof of COVID vaccination required.

Working Conditions

  • Work will be performed remotely by computer with the possibility to work in an office environment, court, or monitoring location.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Travel in the State will be as needed to provide firsthand experience procedures for this internship.

To view more about our organization, check out our YouTube videos highlighting DRNY’s mission in advocating for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Please visit our DRNY YouTube Channel and review our DRNY Newsletters

Position Requirements  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
Location Disability Rights New York - Statewide  
Position Intern  
Number of Openings 1  

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