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.
Vera’s growing Los Angeles office seeks a graduate student in law or public policy to assist with several ongoing projects in areas including cost benefit analysis, immigration, youth justice, sentencing and corrections and project development.
The intern will work closely with Vera’s Los Angeles staff on current projects and to develop project ideas based on current work and local criminal justice issues. Activities may include: conducting policy and legal research on local criminal justice issues, drafting concept papers including a landscape analysis and background research on relevant issues, attending local government and community stakeholder meetings, and assisting staff members with existing projects in the areas of sentencing and corrections, immigration, youth justice and cost-benefit analysis. The intern may also: prepare written memoranda to be used in engagements with government clients, prepare presentations that will be made to senior policymakers, perform administrative tasks, and develop surveys to collect data on criminal justice trends and practices. There may be opportunities to attend client meetings, observe staff as they work with clients in various capacities, and participate in strategy meetings.
Vera seeks a candidate with the following skills and qualities.
• A bachelor’s degree in political science, criminal justice, criminology, sociology, or public policy, and enrolled in a graduate program.
• A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of research related to criminal justice issues.
• The ability to work with others effectively and efficiently.
• The ability to make easy-to-read graphs and tables.
• The capacity to analyze and interpret simple descriptive statistical data.
• Demonstrated experience and skill in conducting social science and legal research.
• Strong research and writing skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
The intern should be available at least 10 hours per week. The hours can be arranged around class schedules or other requirements of the intern’s academic programs.
Applicants are encouraged to seek academic credit through their school, and Vera will assist the student meeting the academic requirements.
Please submit cover letter, resume and dates of availability. Online submission is preferred. The deadline for submitting an application is August 10, 2013. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if internship remains unfilled after all on-time applications have been considered.
Online submission is preferred, however, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / LA Fall Intern recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Flr.
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method of submission (online, mail, or fax). Please do not email your resume directly to a staff member. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.