About the ACLU of Maryland

The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our work and on our teams. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran, or formerly incarcerated person status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.

The ACLU of Maryland is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a key defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.

About the Position

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks a highly motivated applicant for our public policy internship program.  The ACLU-MD is the Maryland state affiliate office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). This internship is paid.

The Public Policy Department works with local and statewide leaders to realize the promise of our Constitution and Bill of Rights by advocating to reform laws and policies around the criminal justice system, public safety, education, immigrants’ rights, voting rights, and civil rights and liberties for all Marylanders.  Interns may do some or all of the following: research and analyze laws, data, policies, and practices, help draft legislation and testimony, provide administrative assistance, and attend legislative briefings, hearings, and meetings with policymakers, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.

The internship is based in Baltimore City, with travel to Annapolis during the legislative session, as well as other parts of the state. There is also some flexibility to work from home.

The ideal candidate is highly organized, has excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, excellent time management skills with meticulous attention to detail.  They have the skills and confidence to work independently, with the ability to manage time effectively.  They will have the ability to think proactively, anticipate problems, develop effective solutions, and take initiative; be dependable, punctual, and flexible.  The ideal candidate has a strong commitment to race equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis into work, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances.

We are looking for a thoughtful team player who values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and they actively work to foster an equitable and inclusive experience for everyone in their work.

Compensation and Benefits The ACLU of Maryland offers paid internships in exchange for a commitment to work the minimum hours for the entire semester. If the candidate is a student and chooses to get school credit and the school prohibits the student from accepting pay, it is the student’s choice whether they want to get credit or receive monetary payment. If the student is receiving funding for the internship from a grant, foundation or other third party, the ACLU has a policy of supplementing that pay so that the student receives an hourly amount equitable to that of other interns.

Deadline/Start Date:  The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

To Apply:  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names of two references to holness@aclu-md.org

In the cover letter, please provide details about when you are available to start and end, and how many days or hours per week you are available during the fall and spring semesters.  Interns are expected to work about 10 hours per week.  Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but early applications are encouraged.


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