Location: New York
Join us for an exceptional fall semester paid internship that offers the opportunity to drive meaningful change and to tackle the most pressing injustices in our day. Vera?s internship will give you the opportunity to work with passionate, diverse, dynamic, and innovative individuals working to end mass incarceration in New York State and drive change in the criminal legal system. You will have the opportunity to apply some of the skills you?ve acquired in school as well as learn from our amazing staff.
Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every single person and safeguards justice for everyone. Our priorities are to secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities around the country. We are an ?inside? lane organization that drives change at scale with committed and ambitious public sector leaders. We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day.
Greater Justice New York
The Greater Justice New York (GJNY) team was launched as an interdisciplinary effort to tackle the drivers of mass criminalization and mass incarceration in New York. We use research, policy, and advocacy to shine a light on injustices in all areas of the state and in all aspects of the criminal system?from bail to sentencing, parole, policing, fines, and fees, and more?and drive change through piloting innovative solutions and providing technical assistance. Our vision is a leaner, fairer, and more effective justice system where incarceration is the last resort, not the default, across all 62 counties of New York State.
About the Position
Greater Justice NY?s fall intern will report to the team?s Program Manager. They will assist with various projects including, but not limited to:
Conducting research and writing memos about criminal law and legal reforms to support advocacy campaigns
Supporting various advocacy projects related to current criminal legal reform issues in New York, such as the closure of Rikers Island and parole reform
Observing virtual court proceedings and collecting observation data to help assess the impact of bail reform
Tracking the latest news, literature, trends, and ideas from various sources related to justice in New York, particularly around the issues of bail, parole, and sentencing reform
Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or professional school program, including law or public policy
Passionate about criminal legal reform in New York
Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice
Excellent writing and communication skills
Ability to show initiative, ask questions, and adapt to changing priorities
Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
Advocacy and/or campaign experience strongly preferred
The Nitty Gritty
Internships start mid to late September and run through the beginning of December.
Interns are paid $16 per hour and should be available 20 hours per week
Interns will be working remotely in accordance with Vera?s COVID-19 precautions.
Internships are filled on a rolling basis. It is suggested that you apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume, PDF format preferred.
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Online applications are preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources /Greater Justice New York Fall 2020 Internship Recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th Street, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.
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, current employment status, or caregiver 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 and its work, please visit www.vera.org