Spring 2019 Intern - Development

Location: New York, NY

Department: Development

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

Founded in 1961, the Vera Institute of Justice is working to advance a vision of a more humane justice system that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone. Our mission is to drive change and to urgently build justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. Vera is organized around thematic centers that bring together subject area experts and researchers with different methodological perspectives, harnessing the power of evidence to drive more effective policy and practice. We work in 47 states on nearly 60 projects to improve the quality of justice through research, innovation, and collaboration with government and community partners. Our headquarters is located in New York City. We also have permanent offices in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.  Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Vera is seeking a current college student, current graduate student, or recent college graduate to serve as an intern and provide a wide range of database, research, and administrative support to Vera’s Development Department. In return, Vera will provide an opportunity for the intern to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, donor cultivation, philanthropy, and non-profit administration. The Development Intern will report to the Senior Development Associate and the Senior Grant Writer. We are looking for an intern to start in January and work through May, for 10-15 hours a week.


  • Maintain donor and grant databases and files, including recording donations and tracking donor communications
  • Generate and send donor acknowledgements
  • Research individual, foundation, and government donors
  • Support for fundraising and cultivation mailings
  • Assist with tracking of workplace giving campaigns
  • Assist with grant application and report writing and tracking
  • Support for special events
  • General department administrative tasks and special projects


  • The ideal candidate will have the following skills and competencies:
  • Commitment to Vera’s mission
  • Interest in a nonprofit career, particularly in development and fundraising
  • Ability to show initiative, ask questions, and adapt to changing priorities
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and ability to learn new technologies


Limited opportunities for compensation may be available. Applicants are encouraged to seek independent funding through an accredited institution, fellowship grants, or internship programs. Vera will gladly assist in working with the school or program to make arrangements and meet requirements.

How to apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, and dates of availability. PDF format preferred.

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

Online application is preferred:

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

ATTN: Human Resources / Spring 2019 Development Intern

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

Fax: (212) 941-9407

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

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 www.vera.org.

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