Summer 2017 Internship, Undergraduate or Graduate Intern, Common Justice

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Department: Common Justice

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Entry Level

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. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Common Justice is a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice. The project is a restorative justice-based alternative to incarceration and victim service program for serious and/or violent felony cases such as assault, burglary, and robbery. The project brings 16 to 24-year olds responsible for crimes together with those they have harmed and their support people in a facilitated dialogue to determine appropriate sanctions to take the place of a prison sentence. The project engages and prepares all parties, convenes the dialogues, and provides supervision and support to both those harmed and those responsible for crime. It aims to meet the needs of people harmed by crime, prevent further violence, minimize the unnecessary use of incarceration, and improve people’s experience of justice.

The project seeks an intern to work closely with its staff and director during the summer of 2017.

 

Responsibilities

The intern may be responsible for the following duties:

  • Be present in Supreme Court to identify suitable cases for the project;
  • Screen cases based on program admission criteria;
  • Develop employment and program opportunities for participants—both victims and defendants;
  • Support staff in building and expanding external partnerships with community-based organizations and groups;
  • Support the development of HealingWorks, the first national learning collaborative for people working with young men of color who have been harmed by violence and trauma; and
  • Work on additional short-term projects.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience with criminal justice field;
  • Strong interest in social justice for underserved populations;
  • Strong interest in criminal defense preferred;
  • Ability to work with a diverse population;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required;
  • Creativity, flexibility, patience, and follow-through;
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to work alone and in a team environment; and
  • Bilingual English/Spanish desirable.

 

Compensation

This is a 20-hour/week paid internship.

 

To apply

Please submit a resume, dates of availability, cover letter, and writing sample.

Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred; however if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

Summer 2017 Internship: Common Justice

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, 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 please visit www.vera.org.

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