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Student Assistant (Paid, Summer Opportunity for Graduate & Undergraduate Students)

New York State Office of the Attorney General

Customer Support Full Time

Executive Division
Research and Analytics Department—New York City
Student Assistant (Paid, Summer Opportunity for Graduate & Undergraduate Students)
Reference No. RAD_NYC_PUGS_SUM_2020

The application deadline is April 17, 2020

The Research and Analytics (“RAD”) Department in the New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) has full-
time, paid summer positions available for qualified graduate and undergraduate students.

The RAD is part of the Executive Division and works closely with senior staff to support the OAG's major initiatives,
investigations, and policy development. In the past year alone, our close-knit team has researched and written analytical
reports garnering national attention, created and directed multi-million dollar grant programs, and supported several of
the office’s major investigations.

Employing over 1,800 people across New York State, the OAG is both the “People's Lawyer” and the State's chief legal
officer. The OAG serves all New Yorkers in numerous legal and regulatory arenas, including vigorously protecting the
rights of investors and consumers, coordinating state-wide criminal investigations, promoting economic and social
justice, encouraging harm reducing public health strategies, and preserving the State’s environment. The OAG also
advises the Executive branch of State government and defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the State.

Student assistants will support the work of the RAD through:
• Legislative tracking and referring relevant issues from news and other sources.
  • Conducting open-source intelligence (OSINT) research on social media and networking platforms.
  • Disseminating findings into succinctly written memorandums and other reports.
  • Working collaboratively with RAD and other students to further mission-oriented goals.
  • For data students: cleaning, analyzing, and summarizing large datasets.
  • Performing other qualitative and quantitative research tasks as required.
RAD is seeking applicants with the following qualifications/skills:
• Demonstrated interest in public policy, public service, and social/economic justice.
  • Some prior experience in applying quantitative methods in research and/or analytics.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • Highly organized, self-directed, and curious.
  • Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite: Word and Excel (including formulas and pivot tables).
  • For data students: knowledge of coding and querying languages (Python, SQL, R) preferred, data visualization

software a plus.

Position Details
Undergraduates in their first year should wait to submit their applications until after they have received their

first semester grades.
• The OAG’s summer program will officially run from June 1 – July 24, 2020. The student hired for this position

will work 37.5 hours/week for the 8 weeks of the program.
  • The selected candidate will be hired as a student assistant at the hourly rate of $15.28 for graduate students and
$15.00 for undergraduate students.
  • Applications will be accepted online and positions will be filled on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants must be available to meet in person or by video conference for interviews.

  • Applicants must be eligible to be employed in the U.S.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students in good academic standing as
defined by their schools.
  • Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the OAG prior to submitting their applications by visiting the

Divisions and Bureaus and Media sections of the OAG website.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The OAG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.
How to Apply

The following section provides detailed information about the application process and application requirements.
Please review the complete list of instructions prior to preparing and submitting your application materials online.

  • Applications for this opportunity are being received online. To apply, please click on the link:
  • Applications are submitted separately for each bureau/regional office, and an applicant’s candidacy for each
application is determined separately by each bureau/regional office.

  • The application deadline is April 17, 2020, but please note that positions will be filled on a rolling basis.
  • The following documents are required for each application that is submitted:
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Cover Letter
  • Please address to Legal Recruitment.
  • If applying to multiple bureaus/regional offices, we recommend that you submit the same cover
letter for each application, ranking those bureaus/regional offices in order of your preference.
  • Indicate in your cover letter whether there are any deadlines related to your candidacy. 

List of three (3) references.

  • Only submit professional (i.e., supervisor or professor) references.
  • Indicate your professional relationship to each reference.
  • Include contact information and email addresses for each reference. 
Transcript An unofficial transcript is acceptable.
  • Undergraduates in their first year should wait to submit their application until after they have

received their first semester grades.
Writing Sample

  • Submit any piece of writing that demonstrates your ability to communicate and analyze
information in a clear and concise manner, as well as your grammatical skills.
Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your candidacy.
  • Please allow at least three (3) business weeks for your application to be processed and reviewed by the hiring

bureau/regional office. After three (3) weeks, to request a status update, please click here.

If you have questions about a position with the OAG, the application process or need assistance with submitting your

application, please contact Legal Recruitment at [email protected]