- Spring 2019 Intern, Policing - NYC/LA, USA

Spring 2019 Intern, Policing - NYC/LA
Vera Institute of Justice

The internship is based in Los Angeles or New York City.

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.  At a time of unprecedented challenge, we’re fighting for justice reform built on bedrock American values and grounded in action at the state and local level. This video reflects the urgency within the organization and our intention to build an effective and inclusive team.

Over the past several decades, American policing has become increasingly reliant on punitive enforcement. This dynamic has resulted in massive increases in the nation’s incarcerated population and threatens police-community relations, particularly in low-income and disenfranchised communities. The Policing Program seeks to fundamentally transform discourse regarding police reform, alter police performance measurement systems, and develop viable alternatives to enforcement. We collaborate with policymakers, government partners, and community stakeholders to improve both public safety and strengthen communities.

Our Intern will assist with project work including, but not limited to:

    The Emerging Issues Digest;
    Visualizing Enforcement Trends; and
    Literature reviews on topics such as police performance management, calls for police service, and police responses to individuals with mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities.

As part of this internship experience, applicants can expect to gain meaningful applied research and professional development experiences.

Successful Vera interns bring the following skills and competencies to our work:

    Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
    A clear interest in the field of policing and social justice as a whole
    Demonstrated strong writing skills
    At least one research methods and one statistics course
    A demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

Preference given to applicants with:

    Previous research experience
    Graphic design experience
    SPSS or other statistical software proficiency and/or a background in computer science

The interns should be available at least 10-15 hours per week. The hours can be arranged around class schedules or other requirements of the student’s academic programs within regular business hours.

Applicants who can receive academic credit for internships/externships preferred. Otherwise, limited opportunities for compensation may be available, and applicants are also encouraged to seek independent funding either through an accredited 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.

How to apply
Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample. PDF format preferred. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled with preference given to those that applied by the deadline.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Online application is preferred. However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to

ATTN: Human Resources / Spring 2019 Policing 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.

For more information about Vera and its work, please visit www.vera.org.

Job posted on 8th January 2019
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