SUMMER 2020 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
EXECUTIVE, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, NY
The Diversity & Inclusion Team of the National ACLU Executive Department has two openings for graduate interns in New York, NY.
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.
The intern for Equity and Inclusion reports to the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer and will be responsible for helping to implement the ED&I strategy for the staff of the national office of the ACLU.
- 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 gain valuable experience by working with the team on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Contribute to the vision and strategy for the organization’s nationwide ED&I work, seeking to align it with the ACLU’s overall strategic direction.
- Work with departments to implement established ED&I policies.
- At the direction of the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, work with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to develop goals and plans for their ED&I work.
- Consult with and advise ERGs on implementation of strategies, priorities, programming, budgeting, and time frames.
- Serve as entry point for internal EDI conflict resolution and Restorative Inclusion Practice.
- Commit to working collaboratively and respectfully, especially when seeking resolution for internal EDI challenges.
- Support the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer to ensure that ED&I best practices are applied across the organization.
- Identify and develop strategies to correct for structural barriers to ED&I.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Interns should possess the following:
- A Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in social work or a related field is preferred. However, education does not take the place of robust/relevant work experience
- An effective listener with a highly collaborative style.
- Strong team building and management skills.
- Ability to use bench-marking and data metrics to drive organizational change and accountability.
- Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, the ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
- Demonstrated passion for ED&I work; deep knowledge, research, and best practices for organizations on equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful and respectful manner and with a trauma-informed approach
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.
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