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• Starts Jun 2

Summer 2024 – Research Intern, Beyond Jails Initiative

🚀 Summer Internship

Washington, DC +1

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  • Data-savvy research intern with experience in quantitative analysis related to criminal justice, commitment to equity, strong writing skills, and proficiency in statistical software and data visualization tools.
  • The Research Intern will be responsible for conducting quantitative analysis on court data, cleaning and analyzing criminal legal system administrative data, and writing literature reviews and memos on pretrial and local criminal legal system issues. They will also prepare findings for different audiences and present implications for policy to Vera teams and external partners.

Summer Internship

Research & DevelopmentWashington, DC, New York


  • The Research Intern role for Beyond Jails is an opportunity for a college or graduate-level student or recent graduate to experience working in a full-time research role at a non-profit organization. Working on the Beyond Jails team will support analysis of administrative data from courts and other justice agencies, to generate descriptive and inferential findings that will inform our policy and advocacy work. The Research Intern will participate in day-to-day team activities including conducting quantitative research about jail incarceration and community supervision, participating in virtual and possibly in-person meetings with state and local community partners, team-building activities, and more.  


  • Experience conducting analysis of quantitative data, ideally related to criminal justice or other social policy issues, either on your own or in collaboration with a professor and/or full-time researchers;
  • Comfort working with quantitative data, preparing data for analysis, conducting descriptive and statistical analysis;
  • Commitment to advancing racial and gender equity in work;
  • Curiosity about emerging research and advocacy in the criminal justice space;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Preferred:
  • Completed or currently enrolled in a social sciences program at the undergraduate or graduate level, with quantitative research training
  • Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities you'll bring:
  • Professional, personal or academic engagement with issues of mass incarceration and mass criminalization
  • Experience conducting research using different methods (quant analysis, analysis of interview and survey data, archival research, etc.)
  • Proficiency in data visualization, database, and/or coding tools such as SQL, Python, Tableau and others.
  • Technical knowledge we need you to be prepared to use:
  • Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel
  • At least one statistical software: R, Stata
  • Preferred but not required: familiarity with SQL, Python, Tableau, Github, Google Cloud environment

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Quantitative analysis of court data:
  • Using Pennsylvania court data to analyze patterns in pretrial decisions and case outcomes, at the county level
  • Preparing these findings for different audiences
  • Cleaning and analysis of criminal legal system administrative data:
  • Cataloguing data sources and gathering various types of data, including but not limited to administrative data from criminal legal system agencies, budget data, and socio-economic data;
  • Cleaning and analyzing administrative data to answer questions about how local criminal legal systems work;
  • Writing and presenting literature reviews and memos on pretrial and local criminal legal system issues:
  • Writing memos or brief reports that document practices and summarize findings;
  • Presenting findings and implications for policy to Vera teams and external partners.


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Start date

Jun 2, 2024


Washington, DC, New York