Internship (Defender Research), Fall 2013 to Spring 2014, Graduate Student
Vera Institute of Justice - New York, NY

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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 Substance Use and Mental Health Program (SUMH) conducts applied research and provides technical assistance to help public officials and community organizations develop empirically driven responses to the substance use and mental health needs of people involved in justice systems. SUMH staff collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data and evaluate existing programs to understand the experiences of those affected by psychiatric disorders or substance use and policies that prolong their involvement in the justice system.

SUMH seeks an enthusiastic and motivated intern for a new study of the relationships between defendants with mental health disorders and the public defenders appointed to represent them. This internship will commence in August 2013 and will require a 2-3 day commitment per week for 9-12 months.

Responsibilities
This intern will be responsible for conducting semi-structured interviews with public defense attorneys in Bronx County. Responsibilities may also include interview data entry, as well as data cleaning and coding.

Qualifications
Applicants must be graduate students, pursuing a degree in social work, psychology, public health, public policy, sociology, law or a closely related discipline. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting research interviews in the areas of criminal justice, mental health, and substance use and/or treatment services. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience, particularly those relevant to Vera’s areas of work, are encouraged to apply.

Position requirements include:

• Enrollment in a graduate level program;
• Research training and experience conducting social science research, particularly in applied settings;
• Ability to work with minimal supervision;
• Willingness to travel within New York City.

Preferred skills and qualifications include:
• Experience working in justice settings;
• Previous work experience in mental health, substance use, criminal justice, or related fields;
• Experience working in a criminal law setting and/or knowledge of courts, criminal law, defense or prosecution;
• Experience with research interviewing and qualitative research methods, including focus groups and/or interviews with: vulnerable populations, high-level government agency administrators and line staff, service providers and/or leaders of community-based organizations.

Salary
Prospective interns are encouraged to seek independent funding either through an accredited four-year institution, or through fellowship grants or internship programs. Additionally, interns are encouraged to seek credit from their graduate institution. Interns will receive a wage of $10 an hour or course credit when applicable.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume online.

Online application is preferred, however, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / SUMH D Research Internship
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Fl.
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.

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