FALL 2021 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION 

Please Note: ALL ACLU FALL 2021 INTERNSHIPS ARE REMOTE

NPAD, DC

The Democracy Division of the National ACLU National Political Advocacy Department has openings for Legal Interns 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 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. 

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

The intern will be primarily working with the National Political Advocacy Department on federal and state voting rights issues.

  • Time Commitment: 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.
  • 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  
  • 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:

  • Track, research, and analyze federal and state policy and issue developments related to voting and elections
  • Assist in state-based voting campaigns, including research on the impact of certain voting reforms, analyze policy, and monitor state legislative activity
  • Handling special projects as assigned

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Interns should possess the following:

  • Preferably a law student who has completed at least one year of law school before the start of the internship
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social and racial justice, and the mission of the ACLU
  • Preference for individuals with demonstrated interest in voting rights
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

Please include a cover letter describing interest in the position and civil rights/ACLU, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school.

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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