Fall 2017 Internship, Law/Graduate Student Washington, DC

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1111 14th Street
Suite 920
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Vera Institute of Justice
Street address: 
233 Broadway
New York
New York
Job type: 
Position Description: 

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 Institute of Justice’s Washington, DC Office seeks interns for fall 2017.

The interns will work closely with the Government Affairs Director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Washington, DC Office with the following duties and responsibilities:
 Provide assistance with research and data collection on various justice and safety policies and practices;
 Attend Capitol Hill hearings and briefings to analyze and report on the legislation and information presented;
 Prepare written memoranda;
 Assist in preparing presentations that will be made to senior policymakers;
 Track legislation; and
 Perform some administrative tasks.
There may also be opportunities to attend meetings and participate in strategy discussions.



Candidates should be law or graduate students who are creative thinkers and able to work independently. Effective interpersonal, organizational and writing skills are essential. Assignments will generally not be traditional legal research and writing but rather policy and program development. Students should possess a strong interest in social justice, program design, and criminal justice policy.


The interns should be available at least 10-15 hours per week, and preferably full-time. The hours can be arranged around class schedules or other requirements of the student’s academic programs.

To apply: 

Candidates must be enrolled in a university law or graduate program to apply. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and dates of availability. PDF format preferred.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Online application is preferred: http://vera.applytojob.com/apply/wD6AhhmWiq/Fall-2017-Internship-LawGrad...

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / DC Fall 2017 Internship Recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

Academic Credit/Compensation Applicants must either be eligible to receive academic credit from their institutions, or secure independent funding. Otherwise, limited opportunities for compensation may be available, however applicants are encouraged to seek independent funding either through an accredited institution, or through fellowship grants or internship programs. Vera will gladly assist the student in working with the school or program to make arrangements and meet requirements.