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Innocence Inquiry Commission

Government Agencies

Fall; Spring

Work Description

Please describe briefly the nature of the work performed by your organization.

Signed into law in August 2006, the Innocence Inquiry Commission is the first State agency in the nation charged with providing an independent and balanced truth-seeking forum for credible claims of innocence in North Carolina. The Commission staff evaluates and investigates post-conviction claims of actual innocence by people convicted of a felony in North Carolina.

Please describe the types of projects you anticipate assigning to student interns.

The primary duties of an extern will include investigation/review of cases, interviewing witnesses (i.e. Defendant’s, Co-Defendant’s, Law Enforcement Officers, Attorneys, Prisoners, etc.), reviewing innocence claims for potential evidence or DNA, following up on case leads and conducting research in claims. Externs will have the opportunity to attend meetings with their supervisor and be introduced to members of the North Carolina legal system.

Please indicate any preferences or requirements as to course work you would like a student to have completed and whether a particular skill or experience would be helpful to a student working with your organization.

The NCIIC does not require any previous coursework or experience to be considered for an externship. All students interested in a career in the criminal justice field are encouraged to apply. Students with experience in working with innocence claims or investigation in the criminal field are also encouraged to apply.

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