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Friday, September 23, 2011
Spring 2012 Legal Internship at The Vera Institute of Justice
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, and New Orleans. 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 an intern for the spring semester of 2011. The intern will work closely with the Director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Washington, DC Office as well as staff who work on a variety of criminal justice issues. The intern will provide research assistance and data collection on various justice and safety policies and practices. The intern will attend Capitol Hill hearings and briefings to analyze and report on the information presented. The intern will also prepare written memoranda; assist in preparing presentations that will be made to senior policymakers, track legislation and perform some administrative tasks. There may be opportunities to attend meetings, observe staff working, and participate in strategy meetings.
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 intern should be available at least 16 hours per week. The hours can be arranged around class schedules or other requirements of the student’s academic programs.
Applicants are encouraged to seek independent funding either through an accredited four-year institution, or through fellowship grants or internship programs, and Vera will gladly assist the student in working with the school or program to make arrangements and meet requirements.
The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
For more information about Vera and its work in Washington, DC, please visit our website, www.vera.org.
Candidates must be enrolled in a university law or graduate program to apply. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and dates of availability.Applications are due December 15, 2011. Applications sent after the deadline will be reviewedon a rolling basis, if internship remains unfilled.