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• Starts Jun 2

Summer 2024 - Research Intern, Vera Louisiana

🚀 Summer Internship

New Orleans

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  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or enrolled in graduate program, or extensive experience in systems change research. Strong interest in social justice policy reform, ability to analyze quantitative data, excellent communication skills, and willingness to travel to Louisiana. Familiarity with MS Office and quantitative analysis software preferred.
  • The Research Intern at Vera Louisiana will support ongoing research projects by analyzing datasets, observing interviews, and attending coalition meetings, while also building advocacy and communication skills through data-informed public policy preparation and gaining experience in routine administrative tasks.

Summer Internship

Research & DevelopmentNew Orleans


  • Vera Louisiana is seeking a part time (21 hours/week) summer Research Intern to provide a wide range of support for our ongoing projects, including advancing prosecution reform, jail population reduction, increasing investment in thriving communities, and addressing Louisiana’s carceral impact in multiple parishes and at the state legislature. The Research Intern will be supervised primarily by the Associate Director of Research and will complete a variety of projects with other staff. This internship will provide an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in applied social justice research, using research to advance advocacy goals, and criminal legal systems in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a social science program OR currently enrolled in graduate school in a social science program (sociology, political science, etc.) OR a demonstrated commitment to and experience with advancing systems of change through research
  • Interest in applied social justice research, particularly to advance policy reform and advocacy
  • Ability to show initiative, ask questions, and adapt to changing priorities
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • A demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Familiarity with analyzing quantitative datasets to produce descriptive statistics
  • Preferred:
  • Demonstrated connection to Louisiana, New Orleans, or the Deep South
  • Willingness to travel to Baton Rouge on occasion
  • Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities you'll bring:
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or similar software
  • Quantitative analysis software (ie: SQL, SPSS, SAS, Stata, etc)

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Research and Analysis:
  • Support ongoing mixed methods research projects
  • Review, organize, and analyze publicly available datasets
  • Observe and take notes during interviews and focus groups
  • Build skills in applied research, written communication, and systemic analysis
  • Partnership Support:
  • Attend and take notes at coalition and partner organization meetings
  • Build verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Gain awareness about network of criminal legal system advocacy organizations and how data can support advocacy goals
  • Advocacy:
  • Prepare for data to inform public policy advocacy
  • Build persuasive advocacy and communications skills
  • Gain knowledge about successful advocacy arguments and responses at a quick pace
  • Administrative:
  • Provide support for planned events and other related responsibilities that may arise
  • Assist with scheduling meetings with internal and external partners
  • Gain experience in routine, professional responsibilities


Work type

Part time

Work mode


Start date

Jun 2, 2024


New Orleans