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Equal Opportunity & Diversity Development Intern (ID: 106091) for Spring 2018


Off of Children and Family Svcs

52 Washington St.
Rensselaer , NY 12144

Division/Unit: EODD


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


Proposal Information


The EODD intern, reporting to the Director and working closely with EODD investigators, will observe first-hand how EODD conducts investigations and processes applications for reasonable accommodations for both disability and religion.

The intern will have the opportunity to:

* Research, evaluate, collect and analyze information related to the Agency's responsibility to maintain a workplace that is inclusive, respectful and free from discrimination, intolerance, harassment and retaliation;

* Attend investigative interviews and interrogations related to alleged violations of the Agency's Discrimination Prevention Policy;

* Draft and review investigative reports;

* Conduct legal analyses of evidentiary data related to active investigations;

* Analyze investigative findings for legal accuracy;

* Contribute to ongoing development of internal office procedures and practices; and

* Participate in Reasonable Accommodation Committee meetings where all requests for accommodations based upon religion and religious observance/practices are reviewed.

Interns will have the opportunity to interact with Agency and department leads in the following Offices:

Division of Legal Affairs - To ensure that investigations are completed and requests for reasonable accommodations are processed, in accordance with relevant law and policy.

Bureau of Labor Relations - To ensure that investigations are completed and requests for reasonable accommodations are approved, in a fair and timely manner per union contract requirements.

Special Investigations Unit - To ensure that interrogations are conducted in accordance with OCFS policies and contractual union requirements.

Bureau of Personnel - To gather accurate and up-to-date employee data for investigative purposes and the processing of reasonable accommodations.

NYS Workforce Development Unit - To ensure that investigations are completed in accordance with NYS Law and all Governor's initiatives.



Excellent Organizational Skills

Excellent Communication Skills

Strong Writing Abilities

Ability to Maintain Neutrality

Adhere to Strict Confidentiality Mandate


Internship Areas: Investigations, Labor Management, Legal Specialties, Public Policy

Logistical Information

Payment? Paid

Number of Hours: 10 - 19

Location: Rensselaer

Number of Interns Needed: 1

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing 3rd Year Law Student

Minimum Standing: Graduate Student

Degree Concentrations: Cultural Studies, Human Resources, Human Services, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Public Administration, Social Science