LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT, CA or NY
The Immigrant Rights Project at the National ACLU has an opening for a Legal Internship in New York, NY or San Francisco, CA. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the team assisting in all aspects of litigation.
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 nearly two 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
- Selections for Summer postings will take place beginning the third week of August on a rolling basis.
- The hiring team will review applications until at least November 1, and will hold at least one internship position open in each of the New York and California offices until then.
- Fall, Winter, and Spring:
- Applications for Fall, Winter, and Spring internships will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning approximately six months before the internship would start.
- Time Commitment: A Summer internship requires a full-time commitment of 35 hours per week. A Fall or Winter/Spring internship requires a part-time or full-time commitment 20, 25 or 35 hours per week.
- Internship Duration: Part-time internships are a 12-week period and full-time internships are a 10-week period.
- Fall: September – December
- Winter/Spring: January – April*
- Summer: June – August
*We take J-term students, quarter students, and semester students during this time-frame. In your cover letter, please specify the term you are applying for, including start and end dates of your school term. If your university requires working through a time-frame outside of these dates, please note that in your cover letter.
- Stipend: A stipend is available for those students who do not receive course credit. Students who receive outside funding are eligible for a partial stipend to bring their total summer funding up to the level of ACLU’s stipend amount for that term, if applicable. 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:
- Drafting memoranda, affidavits, and briefs
- Conducting legal and policy research
- Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims
- Researching and drafting materials for public education
- Legislative bill tracking and analysis
- Other projects as assigned
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The internship is open to students enrolled at U.S. law schools who will have completed at least one year of law school before the internship commences. For Summer internships, our office generally limits internships to those who will have finished their second year of law school by the time they start the internship. Students who will have finished only their first year may also be considered, depending on remaining Summer intern capacity.
Interns should possess the following:
- Excellent research skills, including conducting internet and legal database research
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing
- Attention to detail, excellent organizing and time-management skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
- The initiative to see projects through to completion
- A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
In their cover letter applicants should describe their interest in immigrants’ rights and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school. Please specify your desired office location (New York or San Francisco) in the cover letter and the term you are applying for. If you are interested in both offices, please apply separately to each and indicate that you have done so in your cover letter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.