Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. 

Vera runs an annual summer internship program to provide learning opportunities to the next generation of leaders and to help advance our work.

City/State

Brooklyn, NY

Internship Description

One intern will be part of the Justice Fines and Fees initiative Initiative, a project that seeks to uncover the full costs and harms of fines and fees in five states (Florida, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, and Washington) and develop policy reforms that end these harms. The intern will be involved in doing research, drafting materials, and learning alongside the team about ways to implement reforms in multiple states. 

For more background on the project, see https://www.vera.org/projects/justice-fines-and-fees.

The second intern will join the Unlocking Potential team which is focused on implementing high quality college in prison programs. In the summer of 2022, we will be planning a national convening and the intern will assist with various aspects of the convening. 

For more background on the initiative, see https://www.vera.org/projects/college-in-prison.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
8 Flexible 9:00am 5:00am Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

Vera's headquarters are in Industry City within Brookyln.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Interest in criminal legal system reform;
  • Commitment to racial equity, the ability to work both independently and with others effectively and efficiently; and 
  • Ability to show initiative, ask questions, and adapt to changing priorities.

Writing Sample Required

None

Special Requirements

  • Vaccinations