Internship, Summer 2013, Unaccompanied Children Program Law Student Intern
Vera Institute of Justice - New York, NY

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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, Unaccompanied Children Program Law 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 law student intern to work on the Unaccompanied Children Program. The intern will work closely with a small team of Vera program staff on projects that aim to improve access to justice for unaccompanied children detained by federal immigration authorities. The Unaccompanied Children Program focuses on providing “know your rights ” orientations and legal screenings to detained unaccompanied children, as well as matching these children with pro bono attorneys who can assist them with their legal cases.

Responsibilities: The intern duties may include: conducting background research on the structural legal, and programmatic contexts within which legal services are provided to unaccompanied children locally and nationally; interviewing program stakeholders and other experts; drafting best practice memos and short reports; and assisting in developing trainings and presentations. Students interested in the internship should note that while all of the work will be law-related, much of it will be supporting policy and technical assistance. Vera does not provide direct legal services to immigrants.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, excellent initiative, genuine flexibility, as well as a demonstrated interest in immigration, law/public policy, and/or criminal justice. Fluency in a second language is a plus.

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 UCP Internship
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway,12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: 212-941-9407

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.

The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer
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