Vera Institute of Justice

Apply HERE (Applications due February 15, 2019)
 

Websitehttp://www.vera.org

Location: New York, NY

Address of Internship: 233 Broadway, 12th Floor New York NY 10279

Number of Positions: 3
 

Organization Description

Founded in 1961, the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) is a justice reform change agent working to advance a vision of a more humane justice system that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Vera’s mission is to drive change and to urgently build justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. Vera produces ideas, analysis and research that inspire change in the systems people rely upon for safety and justice. The organization’s work is focused on systemic change that tackles the most pressing injustices of our day—from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. 

Vera is organized around centers of substantive excellence that bring together programmatic experts and researchers to encourage the exchange of new ideas and creative problem solving. These include centers on Sentencing and Corrections (which focuses on reducing the use of jails and improving conditions of confinement), Youth Justice (which aims to build youth justice systems that are community-based, smaller in scale, and impact fewer children), Immigration and Justice (which works to protect the rights of immigrant residents and their families), Victimization and Safety (which endeavors to improve system response to underserved victims of violence), Policing (which strives to build bridges of trust between police and communities) and Substance Use and Mental Health (which focuses on promoting harm reduction and public health responses). Through these units, Vera works in 47 states on nearly 60 projects to improve the quality of justice through research, innovation, and collaboration.

Interns contribute to project teams in meaningful ways. There is always more work to be done and having interns as part of the team, helps us be more effective.
 

Position Descriptions

  1. One intern will join the team working on college in prison (https://www.vera.org/projects/college-in-prison). Specific assignments will be determined closer to the start date of the internship. Past interns have participated in meetings will college-prison partnerships, conducted research on college programs, assisted with event planning, and drafting substantive memos on topics specific to college in prison programs.
  2. One intern will join the team working to reduce solitary confinement in prison (https://www.vera.org/ending-mass-incarceration/bringing-dignity-to-life-...). Specific assignments will be determined closer to the start date of the internship. Past interns have participated in meetings will corrections partners, assisted with meeting planning, and drafting substantive memos on topics relevant to our government partners
  3. The third intern will be focusing on issues associated to the use and misuses of jail at the county level. Specific assignments will be determined closer to the start date of the internship. Past interns have participated in meetings will corrections partners, assisted with meeting planning, and drafting substantive memos on topics relevant to our government partners

*Please indicate in your application which projects you are most interested in.

Qualifications:

Successful interns are interested in how policy changes happen, the people who help make them happen, and the people most directly impacted by the policies. They are curious about the issues and know that lasting change takes time. They have strong writing skills and attention to detail.