The Nuisance Abatement Section of the Department of Code Enforcement (DCE) oversees nuisance-related issues that impact the quality of life in the City of Indianapolis. Members of the Nuisance Abatement Section are responsible for City advocacy in various administrative hearings, including High Weeds and Grass, Inoperable Vehicles, and Indiana Unsafe Building Law. Additionally, the section coordinates multi-agency sweeps, researches nuisance property owners, and assists in the preparation of legal case files for the Office of the City Prosecutor. The Nuisance Abatement Internship provides the right candidate with the opportunity for an introduction to governmental policy and enforcement procedures through observation and hands-on experience. If selected as an intern, an individual will be provided with the opportunity to become an integral part of the day-to-day activities within DCE.
The career learning opportunities provided by the Nuisance Abatement Internship include the following:
-Research, filing, and distribution of motions and orders from various administrative hearings;
-Preparation and review of legal files for submission to the Office of the City Prosecutor for enforcement proceedings;
-Familiarization of department's legal case management system through entering, updating, and research of pending and concluded court actions;
-Attend various administrative hearings to understand how enacted ordinances are enforced and interpreted at the agency level;
-Attend weekly Nuisance Abatement team meetings to develop an understanding of departmental and city-wide initiatives;
-Participate in nuisance initiative and business licensing meetings to discuss future enforcement action at various events throughout Indianapolis and to foster an understanding of City policy and planning;
-Possibility of attending multi-agency sweeps involving the Department of Code Enforcement and other City agencies for the promotion of the public health and welfare;
-Networking with internal divisions within the Department of Code Enforcements as well as other agencies, including the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Office of the City Prosecutor; and
-Responsible for development, research, and compilation of special projects as assigned by the Program Manager – Nuisance Abatement.
-Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
-Must possess initiative and critical thinking ability.
-Interest in local governmental policy and procedure.
-Able to work in a team environment as well as independently.
-Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.
-Internship is for the semester, and work schedule is flexible with an expectation of 8 – 16 hours worked per week.
-Students with a background or interest in the legal or social sciences curriculum are strongly encouraged to apply.