Summer 2014 Internship - The Guardianship Project, Finance Intern

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Department: The Guardianship Project

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

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. 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 runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, last summer interns visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility, lunched with executive-level management, and visited Vera demonstration projects.

The Guardianship Project, Finance Intern

Applications are due February 28, 2014

The Guardianship Project, a Vera Institute of Justice demonstration project, provides model guardianship services to older adults and people with disabilities who have been adjudicated as incapacitated by a court and lack family or friends able or willing to care for them. The project, which has offices in Kings and Queens County, serves a culturally diverse and primarily indigent population residing throughout New York City. The project employs a team of professionals, including lawyers, social workers, and property and financial managers, who collaborate to provide effective services and advocacy to ensure clients’ well-being, safety, and the greatest degree of independence possible, within the least restrictive environment.



The Finance Intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Prepare a wide range of financial reports and accountings for submission to the court;
  • Work with pro bono and other tax firms to secure tax preparation assistance for clients;
  • Process cash disbursements, including preparation of disbursements journals and related reports;
  • Prepare ad hoc reports on various client and program financial matters;
  • Collaborate closely with Accounting Associate, project team members and financial institutions; and
  • Other duties as required to provide high quality services to clients.



  • Flexible, creative, highly organized, and able to perform well under pressure;
  • Candidates will ideally be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Statistics, or Economics;
  • Strong multi-tasking skills, attention to detail, solid interpersonal and team work skills, and a strong interest in social justice for underserved populations required;
  • Proficiency in advanced Excel functions, such as Pivot Tables and Lookup, and experience with designing or implementing internal controls are preferred; and
  • Final candidate will be subject to criminal and financial background check.



Regular office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We seek a candidate who can commit to at least 14 hours per week for this position, for which the work schedule can be negotiated.



Prospective interns are encouraged to seek independent funding either through their law schools, colleges, universities or public interest foundations, or through fellowship grants or internship programs.

To apply please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter to:

Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred; however if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

Summer 2014 Internship/ Guardianship Finance Internship
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: 212-941-9407
Applications received after the deadline will be considered if internships remain unfilled after all on-time applications have been considered.


The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer

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