SUMMER 2020 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION

AFFILIATE SUPPORT & NATIONWIDE INITIATIVES, NY

The Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department (ASNI) of the National ACLU office has an opening for an undergraduate or graduate internship 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. 

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

The Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives (ASNI) Department builds state capacity and strengthens the connections between the ACLU and its network of 54 state affiliates and their 1,500 staff members across the country. Their work constitutes an unparalleled bulwark defending and advancing our civil liberties and civil rights. ASNI staff lead efforts to build program, build organizations, and drive resources to key battles across the country, positioning the nationwide organization for future challenges.

The Program and Strategy Team of ASNI will work with ACLU affiliates to strategically align our chief program drivers – advocacy, communications, and legal – to bring the full power of ACLU affiliates to reach their goals, increase connectivity between national and affiliate staff, better drive nationwide strategies, and leverage the strengths of the whole nationwide enterprise. This team will work with other ASNI teams, national office partners, and affiliate leadership to build programs and attend to the institutional and cultural work that is needed to operate successfully.

As our intern, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in program development and execution and nonprofit management.

  • 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

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Designing and organizing of convenings/conferences of ACLU affiliates
  • Program set-up and implementation
  • Creation and management of banks of resources regarding advocacy, legal, and communications program management
  • Administrative tasks related to supporting the learning in communities of ACLU program staff
  • Other projects as assigned

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

This internship is open to graduate students and undergraduate students who will have completed their second year of college before the internship commences in June 2020. Interns should possess the following:

  • Experience assisting in administrative tasks either in an office setting or preferably a non-profit
  • Some knowledge of event planning preferred
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies such as resource banks
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint
  • Contributes innovative ideas and ability to take ownership of projects and assignments
  • Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, and work well under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work both independently as well as within a team
  • Hungry to learn, curious to ask questions, and a desire to engage in exploration individually as well as being part of a team
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

Please send a cover letter (no more than two pages) describing your interest, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during college; a current resume; and a list of three references.

Priority Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2020

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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