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

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Project Description: The Public Safety Institute (PSI) in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) at the University of Memphis seeks one or more undergraduate students for paid positions as Research Interns to assist in research projects related to public safety. Projects may involve working directly with criminal justice agencies such as the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County District Attorney General's office, Shelby County Pretrial Services, and other governmental agencies, as well as community non-profit agencies. The PSI functions as research partner to these agencies to assist them in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to address various community challenges, such as recidivism, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, and gang violence. Specifically, interns will work on projects relating to the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission's Operation: Safe Community plan to reduce violence in Memphis and Shelby County, as well as on other projects for PSI clients as they arise.

Responsibilities: Assist in gathering and managing qualitative and quantitative data from various sources; data entry into Excel spreadsheets; attendance, note-taking at agency and community meetings; local reimbursable travel; literature reviews; writing brief reports; other duties as required.

Requirements for Student Applicants: The ideal Research Intern is a highly qualified junior or senior who has successfully completed a research methods course, has some experience with research (even class-related research is good), with good communication skills, a flexible schedule, reliable transportation, motivation, and experience in constructing and working with Excel spreadsheets. Although no certain major is preferred, the ideal Intern has an excellent understanding of the criminal justice system and how it works. Critical thinking skills also are highly desirable. Minimum overall GPA of 3.25 is required. The Intern position is being funded for 6 consecutive semesters through a donation to the PSI. The Intern who is hired for Fall 2018 may reapply for the Intern position in subsequent semesters. However, hiring for Fall 2018 does not guarantee hiring in subsequent semesters.

Application or Interview Process: Applications are due by August 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Students under consideration will be contacted and scheduled for an interview on September 5, 2018. Hiring decisions will be made and successful applicants notified by September 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Research Interns will begin work on Monday, September 17, 2018. Applicants must turn in a cover letter that explains why they want to be a research intern and summarize their knowledge of criminal justice and research, a resume, a copy of their academic transcript, and three references. 
To apply, interested and qualified students should send the following via email to Dr. Angela Madden, Research Associate Professor, Public Safety Institute:

Hours per week: Schedules are flexible, but Interns are expected to work 20 hours per week for the duration of the semester. Students will have the option to work during Fall and Spring Breaks. The pay rate is $9.00 per hour.

Work Locations: Interns will have office space set aside in either McCord Hall or Robison Hall and will be provided with either a desktop or laptop computer. Some travel is required to attend various meetings throughout Shelby County. Also, some work will be done at 600 Jefferson Ave., in the offices of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.