Fall 2017 Social Media Intern

Vera Institute of Justice
New York
Oct 06, 2017
Oct 22, 2017
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Board
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Vera seeks a student intern ? either graduate or undergraduate ? to join its Communications Department for the Fall 2017 semester. Reporting to the Digital Strategist, the social media intern will assist in editing and writing a variety of materials, including research and policy briefs, social media toolkits, explainer video scripts, blog posts and other web copy. They will also work with analytical software to monitor month-to-month growth of Vera's social media platforms.

Vera's communications department is charged with ensuring that the institute's work product is accessible and meaningful to government officials, researchers, practitioners, the media, funding sources, and the general public. The position requires no specific expertise in criminal justice research, policy, or practice. However, the successful candidate will be curious about the range of Vera's activities in the field and have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and understanding of the role social media plays in furthering that work.


This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated student to join a dynamic and innovative staff. The intern will report to the Digital Strategist. They must have some social media, editing and/or writing experience and must be able to distill policy into engaging (and concise!) copy for Vera's digital networks. Candidates must be able to successfully juggle several deadlines at once.


* Some experience in communications, digital media, or public affairs

* Superior writing, editing, and verbal communications skills, including an understanding of how to optimize writing for web engagement

* Spanish proficiency a plus

* Familiarity with the following is helpful:

* InDesign

* Adobe Photoshop

* Social media monitoring and email tools (Hootsuite, Bit.ly, Google Analytics, Facebook Business Manager)

* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with staff on all levels

* Strong organizational and time-management skills and reliable attention to detail


14 hours per week. The internship has flexibility in scheduling. The hours can be arranged around class schedules or other requirements of the intern's academic programs.


Applicants are encouraged to seek academic credit or private fellowships, and Vera will assist the student meeting the academic requirements. Alternative compensation will be arranged for students who cannot receive course credit or do not have outside funding.

To apply

Please submit a resume, dates of availability, cover letter, and writing sample. Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

Fall 2017 Internship: Communications Intern

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279


Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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 .