Summer 2013 Internship Program |
The Vera Institute of Justice runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera ’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, last summer interns visited Rikers Correctional Facility, lunched with executive-level management, and visited Vera demonstration projects.
Applications are due January 15, 2013
Center on Immigration and Justice, Policing Projects Graduate Student Intern
Vera ’s Center on Immigration and Justice collaborates with government, nonprofits, and communities to develop evidence-based justice solutions for systems affecting immigrants and their families. The Center also addresses the challenges presented by the increasing convergence of the criminal justice and immigration systems. The Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a graduate student intern to work on two of its policing projects: the National Immigrant Victims ’ Access to Justice Partnership and United Communities. The intern will work closely with a small team of Vera program staff on projects focused on building relationships between law enforcement and historically disengaged communities to support public safety goals. The National Immigrant Victims ’ Access to Justice Partnership, aims to build trust between the police and undocumented immigrant victims of crime, by training law enforcement on the use of the U visa, which provides legal status to immigrant victims of crime who cooperate with law enforcement,. The United Communities project aims to build law enforcement capacity to work with Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities by partnering with three law enforcement agencies to explore challenges and opportunities to working with these communities.
Responsibilities: The intern duties may include: conducting legal policy and research, performing background research on various topics related to police-immigrant relations and language access, assist in development or revision of existing technical assistance and training materials, and assisting with the preparation of and evaluation activities for training events. Students interested in the internship should note that while all of the work will be law, immigration, or criminal justice related, the intern position does not require an in depth knowledge of legal research. The assignments focus on supporting policy and technical assistance work. Vera does not provide direct legal services to immigrants.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a strong writer, have strong communication skills, excellent initiative, genuine flexibility, as well as a demonstrated interest in immigration, law/public policy, and/or criminal justice.
To apply please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter
Electronic submissions preferred:
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
Summer Internships: CIJ Policing Projects Internship
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway,12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Applications received after the deadline will be considered if internships remain unfilled after all on-time applications have been considered.
Note: Prospective interns are encouraged to seek independent funding either through their law schools, colleges, universities or public interest foundations, or through fellowship grants or internship programs.
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