Summer Internship 2022 - Design Intern, Communications (Remote
Company: Vera Institute of Justice
Posted on: May 16, 2022
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:
The Senior Program Associate maintains a close relationship with
legal service providers (LSPs) in Vera's Unaccompanied Children
Program Network via routine reporting and ad hoc communication to
identify challenges and best practices, support contract
compliance, and strategically brainstorm solutions to issues that
arise. Employing their understanding of child welfare, legal, and
social services, the Senior Program Associate will provide
technical support and assistance to network providers with a focus
on zealous, client-centered, and interdisciplinary approaches to
advocacy. They will join a functional team with immigration
advocacy, child welfare, finance, and research backgrounds.
Our mission is to inspire people to take action by sharing stories
and evidence-based solutions that center the voices and experiences
of people impacted by the criminal legal and immigration systems
using editorial, digital, media, external affairs and creative
strategies. The role of Communications and External Affairs is to
ensure all work within the Institute aligns with Vera's strategic
priorities and is persuasive to our audiences. We are the holders,
shapers and protectors of the Vera brand. We are guided by
strategy, it influences every decision we make, the stories we
uplift, the language we use, our posts on social, etc. Using
strategic frameworks ensures that all Institute communication and
outward engagement aligns with Vera's values and that our programs,
campaigns, and initiatives are structured to reach segmented
audiences, deliver impactful messages, and employ the right tools
to create large-scale change.
The Design Intern uses their technical skills and conceptual
thinking to push Vera to think more creatively and will bring a
fresh aesthetic to the brand. The Design Intern works under the
supervision of the Designer producing creative, inspiring, and
impactful digital and print publications in close collaboration
with the Vera editorial, web, and program teams. They also help
with administrative tasks to fine-tune Vera's digital asset
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
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:
Layout research publications using Adobe InDesign and Illustrator
and prepare files for printing and production.
Collaborate closely with authors, editors, and designers in print
projects incorporating feedback, copyediting, and proofreading
Participate in concept development and brainstorming sessions with
the design team.
Visualize research findings and data in close collaboration with
the designer for print, web, and social media.
Photo and Image Research
Research photography and illustration for editorial publications,
including Vera's blog
Prepare and share design concepts and ideas with the rest of the
Upload and verify file naming and accuracy in editorial and design
Asset Management and System Maintenance
Verify licenses and names and upload images into the asset
What qualifications do you need?
Be enrolled in a graphic design program or similar discipline on a
collegiate level (Junior or sophomore level).
Moderate level of proficiency in Figma, InDesign, Illustrator, and
Ability to show initiative, ask questions, and adapt to changing
The ability to work both independently and with others effectively
Ability to Identify areas in work where a racial equity analysis
could/should be applied to advance or eliminate racial disparities
Work samples that show interest in design for social impact and
List of required software applications:
Adobe Creative Suite, Office 365, Figma, and other prototyping
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: People Resources / Summer Internship 2022 - Design Intern
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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