The Department of Criminal Justice's undergraduate Criminal Justice degree programs help link students to both non-credit as well as credit bearing internship opportunities with organizations ranging from  a variety of local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies (including most local law enforcement agencies in the region), the City of New Orleans Public Defender's Office, as well as not-for-profit agencies focusing on issues specific to the needs of currently or formerly incarcerated men and women (i.e. drug programs, job-training, education), agencies those advocating for the needs and rights of victims of crime. Many of these internships have been offered for over twenty-five years, and a large number of our graduates now work in these agencies.  Please stayed tuned for a list of working and potential internship partners. 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Ronal Serpas at or call (504) 865-2665. 

Innocence Project Internship, Summer 2012

DEADLINE: no later than Friday, April 13, 2012 for Summer 2012 consideration. Do not call.

The internship will last 10-12 weeks. The recipient will receive a $4,000 stipend for the summer, to be paid out every two weeks.

About Innocence Project New Orleans:Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a nonprofit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and south Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO uses its cases to explain how wrongful convictions happen and what we can all do to prevent them. IPNO works with legislators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement and policymakers to protect the innocent within the criminal justice system.

About the Scholarship
This award seeks an undergraduate student demonstrating academic promise, and an interest in becoming a lawyer or in legal work or reform, especially, but not necessarily, in criminal justice.

We want to give young men and women from communities affected by the criminal justice system an opportunity to be part of the change they want to see in the justice system. We want a young person who is willing to work hard and learn on the job, working with a team of lawyers, investigators and law students. The awardee will get training with other students and receive extensive mentoring from IPNO’s staff. A large part of IPNO’s representation of prisoners is grounded in new facts discovered through investigation. For that reason, interns should expect to spend a significant portion of their time at IPNO doing case investigation.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduates at a university or community college based in the United States. Preference will be given to someone from the greater New Orleans area. Economically disadvantaged students; students of color; and first generation undergraduate college students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a strong interest in law
  • Have a driver’s license
  • Be able to show a financial need and demonstrated academic promise
  • Be willing to share their experiences via IPNOs Web site, newsletter, social media sites and possibly with the press.

How to Apply
To apply send the following to Kristin Wenstrom at (NO CALLS):

  • A personal essay, limited to no more than 750 words on two pages. The essay should address the applicant’s financial need, any interests in particular areas of the law and interest interning with Innocence Project New Orleans (please use any personal stories to convey your interest if possible)
  • An up-to-date résumé
  • Two to three references
  • A non-legal writing sample


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