LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Fall 2021 Internships are REMOTE
RACIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM, NY
The Racial Justice Program of the National ACLU has an opening for a Legal Internship in New York, NY. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the team assisting in aspects of litigation, policy advocacy and communications campaigns.
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.
The ACLU's Racial Justice Program challenges racial discrimination and other practices and policies that have a direct or disparate impact on communities of color with a particular emphasis on education and criminal justice and economic justice issues.
RJP seeks to ensure that all children have access to equal, high quality educational opportunities, regardless of race or ethnicity. Likewise, RJP is dedicated to exposing and eliminating discriminatory practices and policies which have a disproportionate impact on communities of color throughout the criminal justice system, particularly those that criminalize poverty by subjecting indigent people to sanctions for inability to pay court fines and fees. RJP has worked to assure that persons of color have access to economic opportunities in the areas of government programs and access to fair credit home and home ownership.
Recognizing the potential of new forms of discrimination resulting from the rapid advance of digital technology, RJP has increasingly turned its attention to taking steps to monitoring and taking action to counter the discriminatory effects of digital platforms. RJP also seeks to expand its work on providing protection against discrimination for Native American individuals and tribes. And we seek to explore cutting edge ideas for new litigation strategies to advance racial justice.
Interns are crucial contributors to the active litigation underway at RJP as well as new investigations. Interns often conduct the legal research used to support RJP's attorneys' briefing and litigation memos. We endeavor to give interns an opportunity to create formal writing samples and where possible we work with interns to draft portions of briefing or legal pleadings. We also provide opportunities for RJP interns to join telephonic or remote hearings in pending cases.
- Time Commitment: A Summer internship requires a full-time commitment of 35 hours per week. A Winter/Spring internship requires a part-time commitment 15 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
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:
Conduct legal research, analysis, and develop theories to support new litigation projects
Draft legal memoranda
Draft portions of briefing, complaints, or other legal pleadings
Generate surveys of statutory law in the 50 states on certain issues
Balance assignments from multiple attorneys
Edit and revise legal research in response to feedback
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
- Other projects as assigned
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants should be current law school students. 2Ls are preferred for the summer internship but some space will be reserved for 1L interns as well. Interns should possess the following:
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, and racial justice.
- Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
- Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion
- 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.