Join us for an exceptional paid spring internship that offers the opportunity to drive meaningful change and to tackle some of the most pressing injustices in our day. Vera’s summer internship with the Justice Fines and Fees Project will give you the opportunity to work with passionate, diverse, dynamic, and innovative individuals to solve complex problems. In addition to having the opportunity for personal and professional development, you’ll:
About the Project
Vera is seeking a passionate and determined individual to contribute to a new project, funded by Arnold Ventures and in partnership with the State Priorities Partnership, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Fines and Fees Justice Center, designed to uncover the true costs of criminal justice system fines and fees. The use of these costs causes long-lasting harm for the individuals—often poor people of color—trapped within cycles of debt and criminal justice involvement. Yet local and state governments have become more reliant on these revenues and less inclined to adequately and fairly finance the justice system through other means. In 2017, Vera exposed the true costs and consequences of fines and fees in New Orleans in our report Past Due. Now, our latest project is expanding that approach to five states (Florida, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, and Washington) to reveal how much revenue fines and fees bring in, who benefits, and how these practices can be eliminated or substantially reduced. This research will provide crucial support for new advocacy campaigns to reform fines and fees and replace them with sustainable revenues.
About the Position
The spring research intern will report to a research analyst on Vera’s Justice Fines and Fees team. They will lead and assist with various project work including, but not limited to, the tasks detailed below and can expect to gain meaningful research and professional development experience.
In particular, the spring research intern will:
How to apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s career page) is preferred. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
ATTN: Human Resources / Justice Fines and Fees – Spring Research Intern
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th St, Suite 4-2A, Brooklyn, NY 11232
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