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Vera Institute of Justice Summer 2021 Internship - Design Intern, Communications Virtual (Remote) in Brooklyn, New York

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Summer 2021 Internship, Design Intern, Communications Virtual

Who we are

The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Learn more about life at Vera; click here ( .

Communications Department

The design team consists of a senior designer in charge of defining our brand strategy, supervising and managing the in-house designers and contractors. A digital designer responsible for Vera’s social media and digital designs. And a designer in charge of designing brand assets and collateral.

The designers also collaborate closely with writers and staff members to refine our visual communication strategy and put systems in place that will streamline our work in more efficient ways and help our department efforts to elevate Vera’s work in meaningful and impactful ways.

In collaboration with the Editorial team, the designers in the team are also responsible for laying out research reports, fact sheets, and briefs. The editorial team is also the main creator of blog content, and so the designers and writers work closely brainstorming ways to portrait personal narratives and actively engage our readers.

What you’ll do

As an intern with the communications department, you will work closely with the designers and senior designer on print and digital projects that cover a range of topics such as racial justice within the criminal justice system, bail reform, and immigration. You will also assist 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.

Projects will include:

  • Layout research reports using Adobe InDesign and Illustrator and preparing files for printing and production.

  • Visualize research findings and data in close collaboration with the senior designer for print, web, and social media.

  • Collaborate closely with authors, editors, and designers in print projects incorporating feedback, copyediting, and proofreading markups.

  • Research photography and illustration for editorial publications

  • Partake in concept development and brainstorming sessions with the design team.

  • Participate in preparing and sharing design presentations to the rest of the communications team.

  • Work closely with the designers to write proposals and creative briefs.

    As a part of the design team, you will gain:

  • Experience working in a non-profit environment and organization.

  • Experience working actively with race equity and inclusion in the design work.

  • Regular feedback on your work, from a diverse set of designers

  • Presentation skills.

  • Optional portfolio reviews with the design team.

    What qualifications you’ll need

  • Be enrolled in a graphic design program or similar discipline on a collegiate level.

  • Moderate level of proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop

  • Available up to 20 hours per week from June 2021-August 2021

  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity;

  • The ability to work both independently and with others effectively and efficiently;

  • Ability to show initiative, ask questions, and adapt to changing priorities;

  • Access to computer with reliable WIFI capabilities (Vera can provide this if you need assistance)


    The intern should be available to work up to 20 hours per week during the summer. The dates will be between June 7th and August 13th with some flexibility to accommodate personal and academic schedules.


    Compensation is commensurate with educational background and work or other experience. 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 you cover letter, please explain why you are passionate about criminal justice reform and what you hope to gain from this internship.

    Online submission in PDF format (through Vera’s careers page ( ) is preferred. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

    Materials can also be faxed or mailed to:

    ATTN: Human Resources /Summer 2021 Design 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.

    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 and its work, please visit

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