Summary of Opportunity:
The Forensic Review Project is a massive undertaking. In July of 2016, the Austin Police Department DNA Lab was shut down after the Texas Forensic Science Commission issued a report raising serious quality concerns. Travis County has since given CAPDS a contract for the review of almost 4,000 convictions stemming from these DNA cases. A portion of these cases will then need post-conviction litigation representation. We are essentially starting an Innocence Project-like organization here in Austin.
We’re looking for summer interns to help us get this work done. Your responsibilities will vary, but will likely center on investigative work: interviewing witnesses, collecting documents, and meeting with clients. We’re looking for self-starting students with social justice backgrounds (and good people skills!) who want real, hands-on experience working in the criminal justice system. You will learn a lot while providing invaluable assistance to our clients.
If you’re interested, please shoot me an email at email@example.com with a resume and cover letter. We are flexible on start dates, but substantive work will require an 8-10 week commitment. This opportunity is unfortunately unpaid, but we will do everything we can to ensure that you have a memorable summer in Austin.