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• Starts Jun 2

Summer 2024 – Intern, Beyond Jails Initiative

🚀 Summer Internship

New York

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  • Seeking a self-starter with experience in community-based organizations and electoral campaigns who is directly impacted by the criminal legal system and has knowledge of pre-trial and jail systems. Excellent communication, writing, research, and organizational skills are essential for this summer 2024 internship role.
  • This summer internship will involve assisting with writing reports, fact-checking, preparing materials for external partners, reviewing research products and literature, supporting communications needs, and staying up to date on current events to create brief round-ups for the team.

Summer Internship

LegalNew York


  • To reduce the nation’s dependence on jails, Vera’s Beyond Jails team is working in jurisdictions across the country to shift resources to community-driven solutions to help people thrive. Vera’s Beyond Jails work has three core strategies: statewide advocacy campaigns and coalition building to create lasting policy change; pilot and build evidence around decarceration strategies; and building will for change in jurisdictions. The team works with local government and community partners to develop plans for jail decarceration, prevent the construction of new jails, and design reinvestment strategies. 
  • The Beyond Jails team works on the local and state level to end mass incarceration and supervision by decreasing jail populations and supporting investment in community-based solutions beyond law enforcement.  
  • The BJI program intern will support a wide array of project needs. Primarily, you will be responsible for supporting the local policy and advocacy work by creating issue-specific materials (fact sheets, slides templates, memos) for external partners, supporting the completion of various reports, and tracking news/key updates in the team’s focus states for broader team awareness.


  • Preferred:
  • Directly-impacted by the criminal legal system
  • Experience working with community-based organizations
  • Previous involvement with a local/statewide issue/electoral campaign 
  • Understanding of pre-trial and jail systems.
  • Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities you'll bring:
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills 
  • Strong writing skills; ability to write for multiple audiences 
  • Keen sense of how to use search engines to your advantage
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Self-starter

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Contribute to various reports related to local level work:
  • Support in writing, fact-checking, and citations
  • Prepare and review materials for external partners:
  • Prepare memos, briefings, decks, and other materials to support state and county-level work 
  • Review existing research products and literature, including data visualizations
  • Assist in various communications needs:
  • Work with supervisor to support various ad-hoc comms requests
  • Weekly clip roundup/landscape update for focus states:
  • Stay up to date on current events and news in priority states
  • Create brief round-ups for team with relevant updates


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Start date

Jun 2, 2024


New York