Location: Brooklyn, NY
Address of Internship: 34 35th Street, Suite 4-2A
Number of Positions: 2
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.
We study problems that impede human dignity and justice.
We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
We engage diverse communities in informed debate.
We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.
Vera works with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from 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 has offices in Brooklyn, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans and people working in communities across the country. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences with regards to educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: racial equity, respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.
Center on Sentencing and Corrections:
Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections (CSC) is a group of dynamic and diverse staff who share a passion for social justice, working in partnership with government, and a commitment to excellence in all of our work. CSC has a staff over 30, who encompass expertise in the law, corrections, bail reform and pretrial justice systems, conditions of confinement, social science research, cost benefit analysis, family engagement, reentry, postsecondary education, and more. The center houses Vera’s work to close mass incarceration’s front door, end solitary confinement, and expand access to college for people in prison, in addition to other projects. For more information see https://www.vera.org/centers/sentencing-and-corrections
Fellow 1: Vera is committed to expanding access to college for people in prison. We are looking for one fellow to join the team this summer. In June and July, the fellow's time will be spent supporting the planning and execution of a major conference of college-prison programs. Other assignments will flow from the conference.
Fellow 2: A priority for Vera is to improve conditions of confinement including reducing the use of solitary confinement in prisons. The fellow will work alongside the team as it partners with different corrections departments to implement alternative approaches.
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.