Spring 2020 Legal/Graduate Intern, Advocacy Department - Legislative (DC)

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • Oct 22, 2019
Intern Public Policy Legal

Job Description

For nearly 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.

The National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National Office in Washington DC has an opening for a Spring Internship starting in January, 2020. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit. 

 

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

The intern will assist the criminal justice team of the National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) conduct policy analysis and research and will participate in the advocacy and coalition work our team does with the Congress and the administration.The internships require a semester-long commitment, and can be a full time position or a part time position with a minimum of 15 hours per week.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the NPAD team on the following:

  • Conduct policy analysis on bills, rules, and regulations
  • Assist with our advocacy work
  • Conduct policy research to aid our federal advocacy and state campaigns
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Other duties as assigned

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

This internship is open to graduate or law students who will have completed their first year of school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working in a team
  • Basic legislative knowledge
  • The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, and highly organized
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice

 

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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Salary

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.