SUMMER 2020 UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
The National Political Advocacy Department of the National ACLU Justice Division has an opening for a undergraduate internship in Washington, DC.
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.
Interns provide critical research and campaign support to allow the division to flex its muscle and cover more ground, while training the next generation of advocates. There will be opportunities to attend and observe substantive meetings, events, and conversations on Justice Division and broader ACLU work. The internship position is based in our Washington, DC office and is supervised by the Division's Deputy Director of Policy.
- 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
The intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Justice Division team by:
- Providing support for legislative research
- Providing support for policy landscaping
- Assisting in campaign planning and affiliate liaising
- Other duties 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:
- Strong writing skills, including the ability to write for different audiences and translate hard-to-grasp material for lay consumption
- Strong analytical skills, including good judgment and sound reasoning
- Familiarity with the criminal legal system
- Ability to manage multiple competing deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
- Passion for justice
- A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice
- 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.
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