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Summer Internship 2022 - Media Strategy Intern, Communications (Brooklyn or Remote)

Company: Vera Institute of Justice
Location: Kansas City
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

Who we are:

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit criminal justice organization that strives to build just government institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism, white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this country's legal systems. We are an "inside" lane organization that drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders across many movements-including advocacy, grassroots, and grassroots organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that are transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and communications to change narratives and norms.

Vera has a staff of almost 300 people and offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity-both in our outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We value a range of experiences in people's educational backgrounds and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to apply.

Who you are:

Communications and External Affairs is a team of communications professionals including content creators (editorial, design, blog, website), media and messaging, social media, and government and public affairs experts. The team works closely across all units at Vera to deliver effective messages on issues in the criminal legal system.

As an intern with the communications department, you will work closely with the media strategy team on projects that cover a range of topics such as racial justice within the criminal justice system, bail reform, and immigration. You will also assist in refining and pushing the Institute's brand identity and crafting storytelling pieces based on research and data that investigate and call into question common narratives around mass incarceration in America and that are centered on dignity, equity, and inclusion. As part of the internship, you will learn essential skills that will culminate into a four-week project tailored to your individual goals.


The intern should be available to work up to 35 hours per week during the summer. The dates will be between June 6th and August 12th with some flexibility to accommodate personal and academic schedules.


The compensation range for internships is $16.00 - $25.00, per hour. Actual compensation will vary depending on factors including but not limited to experience and performance. Applicants may choose to receive academic credit. 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 cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please explain why you are passionate about criminal justice reform and what you hope to gain from this internship.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Support the media strategy team in determining the best audiences for Vera communications and gain an understanding of the media landscape
Research on media markets for Vera's priority issues in the criminal legal system
Compile media lists in Cision to make high-impact connections with reporters to support Vera's overall communications goals.

Support the media strategy team with drafting and/or editing written communications deliverables to develop your skills as a media writer
Fact check and research previous Vera language to ensure communication deliverables are consistent with Vera's communication goals.
When needed, will support the media strategy team with drafting and/or editing written communications deliverables.

Collaborate with media strategy team members to create projects that advance Vera's communications goals and gain an understanding of executing a successful media project
Contribute to team meetings and brainstorming sessions
Supporting the creation of various reports that measure the team's impact

What qualifications do you need?

Currently enrolled in undergraduate or masters program in college.
Demonstrated interest in communications.
Care deeply about advancing gender and racial justice and ending mass incarceration.
The ability to work both independently and with others effectively and efficiently.
Able to operate with grace and poise in a fast-paced environment where many different types of people may be working.

Enrolled in a program related to communications or criminal legal system reform

List of required software applications:
Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with databases programs is a plus.

Applications may also be faxed to:

ATTN: People Resources / Summer Internship 2022 - Media Strategy Intern, Communications

Vera Institute of Justice

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

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.

As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.

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, please visit

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