The Daniel C. Kramer Public Service Internship Program is now accepting applications for funded summer internship placements for 2017.

The Daniel C. Kramer Public Service Internship Program is housed within the Legal Studies Institute (LSI) at the College of Staten Island. Named after Dan Kramer, Professor of Political Science at CSI from 1967 to 2000, and made possible by Richenda Kramer, the program provides summer stipends in the amount of $2,000 to qualified students for internships in approved legal and policy settings. In return for a stipend, students will agree to work in a non-profit legal or policy setting for 32 hours each week for eight consecutive weeks over the summer. In addition, summer interns will meet as a group with the Director of the Legal Studies Institute twice over the course of their internships.

Students receiving an offer of a summer stipend may select from our menu of placement opportunities or propose their own placement site.  The Program’s placement sites include the Office of the Staten Island District Attorney (prosecuting crime), Staten Island Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society of Staten Island, Criminal Division (criminal defense work), the Legal Aid Society of Staten Island, Civil Division, and various other offices of elected officials and advocacy groups.

Application Deadline and Review Process:

Applications are due by 5:00pm on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017.  

Applications must be submitted as a hardcopy to Michele Callahan in the Division of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, Building 1A, Room 401C.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of three faculty members comprised of the Chair of the Political Science Department, the Chair of the Philosophy Department, and the Director of the Legal Studies Institute. The LSI anticipates awarding stipends to two students this year. Applicants will be notified about decisions on or before Monday, May 1, 2017.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria and Process:

Awards of stipends will be based on past academic performance, a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in public service in law or public policy, and demonstrated financial need.

To be eligible to apply, students must be in their junior or sophomore year at the College of Staten Island and have an overall GPA of at least 3.2.

Please direct questions to: Professor Michael Paris,

To Apply:  Submit an application:

·    Kramer Program application cover page [form included below];

·    Unofficial transcript;

·    Résumé;

·    One letter of recommendation from a faculty member with whom you have taken a college-level course; and

·    A one-to-two page personal statement of interest.

·    Completed submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);



The Daniel C. Kramer Public Service Internship Program


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Name:  __________________________________________________________


Social Security Number or EMPL ID:  _____________________________________


E-Mail Address (please print legibly):




Current Home Address:





Overall GPA:  __________________________________



Number of College Credits Completed:  ________________________________


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 About Daniel C. Kramer:

Daniel C. Kramer was born in Chicago but grew up in Philadelphia. He earned a BA in Political Science from Kenyon College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at the University of Illinois for three years before joining the faculty of Richmond College, which later became the College of Staten Island, in 1967. Professor Kramer retired in 2000, after 33 years of service to the College, but continued to teach courses. He authored or co-authored eight books and numerous journal articles on constitutional law, participatory democracy, and U.S. politics and policy. In addition, he was active in the Staten Island Democratic Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Human Rights Watch. Professor Kramer died in 2010. During his long tenure at the College of Staten Island, he was renowned for his great teaching and personal warmth. He was a mentor and friend to hundreds of College of Staten Island students and graduates.