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- Summer 2019 Intern, Research, USA

Summer 2019 Intern, Research
Vera Institute of Justice

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 reform;
    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.


About Vera
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.


About the Position

Vera seeks a current undergraduate or graduate student to serve as an intern and provide logistics support for a large-scale research study on restrictive housing in American prisons and jails. The intern will work from Vera’s New York City office and report to a Senior Research Associate in the Center on Sentencing and Corrections. The intern should be available to work 20 hours per week during the summer months, start and end dates flexible.


    The intern will be responsible for providing logistics support for Vera’s NIJ-funded research project, Examining the Use of Restrictive Housing and Its Impact on Officer Wellbeing. Specific responsibilities include the following:
    Provide broad assistance on a survey of jails and prisons about the use of restrictive housing
    Create and maintain a database of jail contacts
    Create and implement a system for tracking survey responses
    Develop and implement a follow-up strategy for non-responders, including email, phone, and/or U.S. mail as necessary
    Participate in regular meetings of the project team, providing updates and contributing to discussion as necessary
    Provide logistics support to other aspects of the project, as time permits and issues arise


    The ideal candidate will have the following skills and competencies:
    Experience with original data collection, preferably a large-scale survey
    Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
    Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel
    Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
    Ability to show initiative, ask questions, and adapt to changing priorities
    Interest in criminal justice reform and commitment to Vera’s mission


The Nitty-Gritty:

    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 20 hour work week
    Internships are centered onsite from one of our offices (NYC, DC, LA, or New Orleans). This particular internship is based out of our NYC office.
    Internships are filled on a rolling basis. It is suggested that you apply as soon as possible.


How to apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, and dates of availability. 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 / CSC Spring 2019 Internship Recruitment

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.


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


Job posted on 11th April 2019
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