Who we are
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.
We drive change by:
We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace—specifically, we value diverse experiences regarding educational background and justice system contact. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, and commitment.
You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are creative, scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
You will have great benefits, and work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. But we also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see. If you want to learn more about life at Vera, click here
Join us for an exceptional fall/early winter semester paid internship that offers the opportunity to drive meaningful change and to tackle the most pressing injustices in our day. Vera’s internship will give you the opportunity to work with passionate, diverse, dynamic, and innovative individuals. You will have the opportunity to apply some of the skills you’ve acquired in school as well as learn from our amazing staff.
What you’ll do:
Vera’s In Our Backyards initiative is focused on stopping the rise of incarceration in the nation’s thousands of small cities and rural counties. We work directly with local justice system stakeholders and communities, drive statewide and federal policy change, and produce research and data that help illuminate the contemporary drivers and geography of mass incarceration. The research intern will support the production of reports, memos, and datasets that advance policy change and public education, including archival, budgetary, and policy analysis. Projects might include compiling archival research, researching and writing memos on incarceration-related issues, assisting in the maintenance and creation of datasets, assisting with the administration of surveys, and conducting background research and fact checking.
Specific responsibilities include:
Skills and Qualifications
How to apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: People Resources / Research Intern, In Our Backyards
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 or current employment 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 our work, please visit http://www.vera.org