LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Fall 2021 Internships are REMOTE
DISABILITY RIGHTS PROGRAM, CA
The Disability Rights Program at the National ACLU has openings for Legal Internships in 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.
- 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 15, 20, or 35 hours per week*
*The team has a preference for term-time interns who can work 20 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 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. Below is the stipend breakdown by term:
- Summer: $6,500 for undergraduate students or equivalent experience and $7,500 for graduate and law students or equivalent experience.
- Winter/Spring/Fall: Stipends are calculated on number of hours and weeks worked. The hourly rate is $18.57 for undergraduate students or equivalent experience and $21.42 for graduate, law, and PhD students or equivalent experience.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
DRP Interns are essential to the work of our small team. Our legal interns engage in legal research, participate in team meetings, review and cite-check briefs, and engage in client outreach, intake calls, and other daily work of our team. 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.
- Communication with clients through intake calls and letters.
- 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 law students who will have completed at least one year of law school before the internship commences, with an interest in civil rights and civil liberties. Preference for candidates with experience or interest in disability, including candidates with disabilities. 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.
- Personal or professional experience with disability, disability rights, or the disability community is preferred.
- 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 email@example.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.