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Federal Policy Internship Spring 2021, Washington D.C

 

Spring 2021 Federal Policy Internship, Law/Graduate Student
Washington, DC

 

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, nonpartisan, 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.

 

Vera Institute of Justice’s Washington, DC Office seeks interns for spring 2020.

 

 

Responsibilities

The interns will work closely with the federal policy team of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Washington, DC Office with the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance with research and data collection on various justice and safety policies, programs, and practices;
  • Attend Capitol Hill hearings and briefings to analyze and report on the legislation and information presented;
  • Prepare written memoranda;
  • Assist in preparing presentations that will be made to senior policymakers;
  • Track legislation; and
  • Perform some administrative tasks.

There may also be opportunities to attend meetings and participate in strategy discussions.
 

Qualifications

 

Candidates should be law or graduate students who are creative thinkers and able to work independently. Effective interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills are essential. Assignments will generally not be traditional legal research and writing but rather policy and program analysis and development. Students should possess a strong interest in social justice, program design, and criminal justice policy.

 

 

Schedule

 

The interns should be available at least 10-15 hours per week in the Washington, DC area, though location is flexible because of pandemic-related telecommuting. Work hours can be arranged around class schedules or other requirements of the student’s academic programs.

 

 

Academic Credit/Compensation

 

Applicants must either be eligible to receive academic credit from their institutions; otherwise, limited opportunities for compensation may be available.

 

 

How to apply

 

Candidates must be enrolled in a university law or graduate program to apply. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and dates of availability. PDF format preferred.

 

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Online application is preferred:

 

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: People Resources / DC Spring 2020 Internship Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th Street

Suite 4-2A

Brooklyn, 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 and its work in Washington, DC, please visit www.vera.org.

 

 

 

 

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