Join us for an exceptional 11 week paid internship that offers the opportunity to drive meaningful change and to tackle the most pressing injustices in our day. Vera's summer internship will give you the opportunity to work with passionate, diverse, dynamic, and innovative individuals to work on complex projects. You will have the opportunity to apply some of the skills you've acquired in school as well as learn from our amazing staff. In addition to having the opportunity for personal and professional development, you'll:
Network with and learn from Vera's Leadership Team;
Attend brown bags to enhance your understanding of criminal justice
Develop your professional and personal network;
Gain valuable work experience via real-world problem solving;
Learn the inner workings of a non-profit leader in criminal justice reform;
Cultivate your passion for equal justice for all!
Vera offers summer internships to high school, undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines of study. Some preference is given to applicants with demonstrated experience and/or interest in the field of social and/or criminal justice. However, qualifications and responsibilities vary by department. All are encouraged to apply.
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. At a time of unprecedented challenge, we're fighting for justice reform built on bedrock American values and grounded in action at the state and local level.
Reshaping Prosecution Program
Prosecutors play a critical, but hidden, role in mass incarceration as the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system. They decide who to charge with a crime, what crime to charge, whether to ask that a person sit in jail pending trial, and what sentence to ask for upon conviction. Yet, despite this immense power, prosecutors have largely not been the focus of criminal justice reform efforts until recently. Our program is dedicated to reshaping what it means to be a prosecutor by focusing on the dignity of all people impacted by the criminal justice system. We use data-based analysis to help prosecutors across the country end mass incarceration, eliminate racial disparities, and provide greater transparency to the communities they serve.
Our intern will assist with project work including, but not limited to:
Surveying progressive prosecutor offices to catalog reform efforts across the
Research on potential communities and prosecutors that would benefit from
Keeping the team up to date on the latest literature, trends, and elections
impacting prosecution reform
Successful Vera interns bring the following skills and competencies to our work:
Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
A clear interest in criminal defense, prosecution, or social justice as a whole
Demonstrated strong writing skills
A demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
Preference given to applicants with:
Community organizing or advocacy experience
Internships start on June 3rd and end on August 16th, with some flexibility
to accommodate school schedules
Interns are paid $16 per hour for a 35 hour work week
Internships are centered onsite from one of our offices (NYC, DC, LA, or
Internships are filled on a rolling basis. It is suggested that you apply as soon
How to Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume. Cover letters should include your preferred job location. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / Summer 2019 Internship - Policing
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status or current employment status.
Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
For more information about Vera please visit www.vera.org