Summer 2021 Internship, Design Intern, Communications Virtual
Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Learn more about life at Vera; click here.
The design team consists of a senior designer in charge of defining our brand strategy, supervising and managing the in-house designers and contractors. A digital designer responsible for Vera’s social media and digital designs. And a designer in charge of designing brand assets and collateral.
The designers also collaborate closely with writers and staff members to refine our visual communication strategy and put systems in place that will streamline our work in more efficient ways and help our department efforts to elevate Vera’s work in meaningful and impactful ways.
In collaboration with the Editorial team, the designers in the team are also responsible for laying out research reports, fact sheets, and briefs. The editorial team is also the main creator of blog content, and so the designers and writers work closely brainstorming ways to portrait personal narratives and actively engage our readers.
What you’ll do
As an intern with the communications department, you will work closely with the designers and senior designer on print and digital projects that cover a range of topics such as racial justice within the criminal justice system, bail reform, and immigration. You will also assist refining and pushing the Institute’s brand identity and crafting storytelling pieces based on research and data that investigate and call into question common narratives around mass incarceration in America and that are centered on dignity, equity and inclusion.
Projects will include:
As a part of the design team, you will gain:
What qualifications you’ll need
The intern should be available to work up to 20 hours per week during the summer. The dates will be between June 7th and August 13th with some flexibility to accommodate personal and academic schedules.
Compensation is commensurate with educational background and work or other experience. Applicants may choose to receive academic credit. For those who need to earn academic credit, Vera will gladly assist in working with the school or program to make arrangements and meet requirements.
How to apply
Please submit cover letter and resume. In you cover letter, please explain why you are passionate about criminal justice reform and what you hope to gain from this internship.
Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s careers page) is preferred. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Materials can also be faxed or mailed to:
ATTN: Human Resources /Summer 2021 Design Intern, Communications
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.
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.