Research Intern, GJNY - Vera Institute of Justice (Ridgewood)


: $77,920.00 - $127,920.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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Academic Year Internship from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020!

Who we are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

  • We study problems that impede human dignity and justice.
  • We pilot solutions that are at once transformative and achievable.
  • We engage diverse communities in informed debate.
  • We harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice.
  • Greater Justice New York

    We are looking for a research intern to join our Greater Justice New York (GJNY) team. GJNY was launched as an interdisciplinary effort to tackle the drivers of mass criminalization and mass incarceration in New York. New York State is a microcosm of the landscape of incarceration across our countryarrests and the number of people in jail in large, urban areas like New York City are declining while a quiet but significant incarceration boom is under way in more rural, less populated parts of the state. We use research, policy, and advocacy to shine a light on injustices in all areas of the state and in all aspects of the criminal systemfrom bail to sentencing, parole, fines and fees, and moreand drive change through piloting innovative solutions and providing technical assistance. Our vision is a leaner, fairer, and more effective justice system where incarceration is the last resort, not the default, across all 62 counties of New York State.


    The intern will work closely with a research analyst on the Greater Justice New York team on various aspects of research projects. Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Communicate with outside partners to coordinate data collection;
  • Develop and implement a follow-up strategy for non-responders, including email and phone;
  • Create and maintain a system for organizing and updating data received from outside partners;
  • Assist research activities including data entry, data cleaning, and quality assurance;
  • Search for and collect publicly available data necessary for research projects;
  • Participate in regular meetings of the project team, providing updates and contributing to discussion as necessary;
  • Assist in other GJNY projects and tasks; and
  • Provide logistics support to other aspects of the project, as time permits
  • Qualifications

    The ideal candidate will have the following skills and competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Comfort communicating with outside partners to ask for information;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Experience with original data collection;
  • Ability to show initiative, ask questions, and adapt to changing priorities;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Excel;
  • Interest in criminal justice reform and strong commitment to social and racial justice
  • Schedule

    The intern should be available to work up to 20 hours per week during the fall semester, with the opportunity to continue working in the spring semester. Start and end dates are flexible.


    Applicants may choose whether to receive academic credit for an internship/externship or compensation at a rate of $16/hour. 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 a cover letter and resume. In you cover letter, please explain why you are passionate about criminal justice reform and what you hope to gain from this internship. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

    Online submission in PDF format (through Vera's careers page) is preferred.

    If necessary, materials can be faxed or mailed to:

    ATTN: Human Resources / GJNY Research Intern

    Vera Institute of Justice

    34 35th St, Suite 4-2A, Brooklyn, NY 11232

    Fax: (212) ###-####

    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.

    Associated topics: anthropology, archaeology, ethicist, historian, history, islamic, minister, social, theology, urdu * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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