Public Safety Institute, School of Public Affairs

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angela Madden

Faculty Mentor's Department: Public Safety Institute, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

Telephone Number/Email: ext. 5923;

Project Description: The Public Safety Institute and the Department of Criminology has multiple research opportunities for interested, highly motivated and competent student workers. Most projects involve working with the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Memphis Shelby County Office of Reentry, the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office, Juvenile Court, and other local and state criminal justice agencies on various programs to address various types of crimes in the area (e.g., domestic violence, violent gun crime, offender re-entry). For example, one project requires a student to work within the Real Time Crime Center assisting crime analysts in monitoring gunshot detection technology and license-plate readers. Another project requires a student to work with the Memphis Shelby County Office of Reentry (MSCOR) to help ex-prisoners to obtain employment.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Ability to pass a background check (no drugs, felony convictions); interest in and basic knowledge of the criminal justice system; dependability, professionalism, punctuality, excellent oral and written communication skills. Preferred: Interest in working with criminal justice programs to impact crime and violence; knowledge of and experience with Excel spreadsheets and basic statistics. Prefer Junior or Senior standing, but highly qualified Freshmen or Sophomores may be considered.

Application or Interview Process: Submit the following for consideration: 1) cover letter explaining why you would like to work on these types of projects and what you hope to gain from the experience; 2) a resume that includes your contact information; 3) 3 letters of reference from teachers or employers (no family members); and 4) an unofficial transcript. If your application packet is selected, you will be contacted for an interview.

Hours per week: Flexible, but up to the maximum allowed under the program.

Starting Date: Flexible, but ASAP is preferred.