Summer Internship 2022 - Intern, Reshaping Prosecution (NYC, LA, NOLA, DC, or Remote)
Company: Vera Institute of Justice
Location: Fort Worth
Posted on: May 16, 2022
Who we are:
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit
criminal justice organization that strives to build just government
institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism,
white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this
country's legal systems. We are an "inside" lane organization that
drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who
share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems
that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to
transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders
across many movements-including advocacy, grassroots, and
grassroots organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that are
transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to
drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and
communications to change narratives and norms.
Vera has a staff of almost 300 people and offices in New York City,
Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal
opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the
workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence,
collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity-both in our
outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We
value a range of experiences in people's educational backgrounds
and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the
criminal justice system to apply.
Who you are:
The Reshaping Prosecution Program is dedicated to transforming what
it means to be a prosecutor by focusing on the dignity of all
people impacted by the criminal justice system. Prosecutors play a
critical, but often hidden, role in mass incarceration as one of
the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system. They
decide who to charge with a crime, what crime to charge, whether to
ask that a person sit in jail pending trial, and what sentence to
ask for upon conviction. Yet, despite this immense power,
prosecutors have largely not been the focus of criminal justice
reform efforts until recently. Our team helps prosecutors across
the country work to end mass incarceration, pursue racial equity,
and be more transparent with the communities they serve.
This position will focus on Vera's projects including technical
assistance to District Attorney offices and community-based
organizations across the country. The Reshaping Prosecution intern
will learn how to conduct community and policy landscape research,
develop community outreach strategies, manage advocacy efforts, and
draft written content for a wide audience.
The intern should be available to work up to 35 hours per week
during the summer. The dates will be between June 6th and August
12th with some flexibility to accommodate personal and academic
The compensation range for internships is $16.00 - $25.00, per
hour. Actual compensation will vary depending on factors including
but not limited to experience and performance. Applicants may
choose to receive academic credit. For those who need to earn
academic credit, Vera will gladly assist in working with the school
or program to make arrangements and meet requirements.
How To Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please
explain why you are passionate about criminal justice reform and
what you hope to gain from this internship.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Expand and support our network of stakeholders and partners in
their racial equity-focused reforms.
Create resources and tools for current and previous partners to
stay in contact and share updates.
Creating a database to contain information in an easily digestible
Provide programmatic and administrative support to the Reshaping
Help to liaise with site and community partners and project
Support logistics for external meetings.
Provide guidance and thought partnership related to advocacy and
Researching websites for contact information
Research websites for platforms and policies of various government
officials, criminal justice organizations, grassroots and grasstop
Draft written content for newsletters, guides, memos, talking
points, etc., about prosecutors' role in addressing racial
Contribute research and content for site-based memos and reports,
public-facing publications, and blog posts.
Support project proposal drafting and submission processes.
Keep the team up to date on the latest news, literature, trends and
elections impacting prosecution reform by conducting research.
Researching periodicals, social media, etc. for advocacy-related
Conducting desk and qualitative research to learn more about
prosecutor offices across the country.
Conduct landscape analysis regarding community-based organizations,
District Attorney offices, organizations that provide restorative
justice and diversion programs, etc.
Creating power analysis maps.
Identifying key issues stakeholders advocate and work on within
What qualifications do you need?
Current undergraduate or graduate student with a demonstrated
interest in the criminal legal system;
Demonstrated ability to work with advocates, government officials,
criminal legal system personnel, practitioners, and people who are
directly impacted by the criminal legal system.
Strong organizational skills.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
Enrolled in a program related to communications or criminal legal
Education in public policy, social work, political science,
criminal justice, or related field; or equivalent work
Lived experience as a person directly impacted by the criminal
Strong interest in racial justice advocacy.
List of required software applications:
Microsoft Office Suite
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: People Resources / Summer Internship 2022 - Intern, Reshaping
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th St, Suite 4-2A, Brooklyn, NY 11232
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.
As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe
work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring all
employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their
COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot
receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical
contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an
accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.
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.
For more information about Vera, please visit
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