Internship, Summer 2013, Social Work Intern
Vera Institute of Justice - Brooklyn, NY

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The Guardianship Project, a Vera Institute of Justice demonstration project, provides model guardianship services to older adults and people with disabilities who have been adjudicated as incapacitated by a court and lack family or friends able or willing to care for them. The project, which has offices in Kings and Queens County, serves a culturally diverse and primarily indigent population residing throughout New York City. The project employs a team of professionals, including lawyers, social workers, and property and financial managers, who collaborate to provide effective services and advocacy to ensure clients ’ well-being, safety, and the greatest degree of independence possible, within the least restrictive environment.

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.

The Guardianship Project seeks a smart, flexible, and enthusiastic person with strong interpersonal skills to provide support to our social work case managers and their clients.

The social work intern ’s responsibilities will include visiting clients in the field; assisting case managers in obtaining benefits and retrieving documents for clients; coordinating repair work for client ’s homes or apartments; helping with administrative tasks; and various other related matters. Willingness to travel throughout the five boroughs is expected. The Guardianship Project will provide close oversight and regular supervision to the intern to ensure that the experience is productive and meaningful.

  • Flexible, creative, highly organized, and able to perform well under pressure; and
  • Strong multi-tasking skills, attention to detail, solid interpersonal and team work skills, and a strong interest in social justice for underserved populations required.
  • Either an undergraduate student, or a graduate student, such as one in a human services program of study, for whom an internship such as this would meet academic goals.
  • Final candidate will be subject to criminal and financial background check.
Regular office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We seek a candidate who can commit to at least 14 hours per week for this internship, for which the work schedule can be negotiated.

It is expected that the applicant will have external funding, either through a fellowship or federal work-study funds, or be eligible to receive academic credit from an accredited school.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume online.

Electronic submission through Vera ’s online application system is preferred, however, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / TGP Social Work 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.