SUMMER 2020 UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION

NATIONAL PRISON PROJECT, DC

The National Prison Project of the National ACLU has an opening for an Undergraduate Internship in Washington, DC.

The internships require a commitment for the semester and arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit. The summer internship has a start date of June 1 or June 22, 2020.

For 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction. 

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW 

  • Time Commitment: The internship requires a full-time commitment of 35 hours per week.
  • Internship Duration: Internships are a 10-week period. Summer interns are expected to start on June 1 or June 22.
  • Stipend: A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the National Prison Project team. They will also learn about creating change through class action litigation and about building and supporting strategic legislative and advocacy campaigns. Work may include the following:

  • Assisting with the production and distribution of advocacy materials
  • Conducting factual research and writing regarding criminal justice policy and legislative movement
  • Gathering current information related to prison and jail conditions
  • Documenting and tracking complaints received from prisoners and responding with informational materials
  • Providing campaign and litigation support to supervising attorneys
  • Other projects as assigned

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

The internship is open to students who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree. Interns should possess the following:

  • A strong interest in criminal justice and a commitment to civil rights
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, particularly web-based research including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access)
  • A commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.

 

This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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