Location: San Francisco, CA office
Deadline: Please apply early in the hiring cycle as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
The ACLU-NC’s Legal-Policy Department invites law students to apply for its Democratic & Civic Engagement Internship. Students willing to work with intensity and focus will find an internship at the ACLU-NC a rewarding learning experience. Qualified applicants are enthusiastic, creative, and detail-oriented; have excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills; and, can articulate a commitment to work for social justice and the ideals of the ACLU.
About the Legal-Policy Department
The Legal-Policy Department pursues cutting edge impact litigation and promotes policy change in order to defend and expand the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The Department’s work focuses on six broad program areas: Criminal Justice; Democracy & Civic Engagement; Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Justice; Immigrants’ Rights; Racial & Economic Justice; and Technology & Civil Liberties. The Department’s staff is based in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno. Department staff work closely with other departments within the ACLU-NC, including Organizing, Communications, Development, Finance & Administration, as well as with ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy in Sacramento.
Democratic & Civic Engagement Internship
Democratic & Civic Engagement Interns work directly with one or more attorneys and conduct legal research and writing in support of policy work and active and potential impact litigation that spans the Program area, including: voting rights, First Amendment speech and association, open government, and other work that intersects with NorCal program areas and advances civil rights and liberties. Interns may be asked to draft legal memoranda, portions of court documents, and pre-litigation demand letters. When possible, interns attend appellate arguments, trial proceedings, and depositions. Additionally, interns may be asked to investigate facts and possible legal claims arising from intakes received via the Civil Liberties Hotline. Interns are encouraged to attend and participate in monthly program meetings, where prospective litigation and policy strategies are discussed. At times, work may arise that gives interns the opportunity to work across the Department’s six broad program areas, including in the areas of Racial and Economic Justice and Immigrants’ Rights.
Applicants must currently be attending law school. The Legal-Policy Department accepts one Democratic & Civic Engagement Intern per term. This internship is only available for the San Francisco office.
School Year Internships (Fall and Spring Terms)
School year internships are full- or part-time, generally requiring a 16 – 24 hours per week commitment. Students on the semester system must be able to commit to working 12 – 14 weeks. Students on the quarter system can serve shorter quarter-long internships. We greatly prefer that part-time interns commit to work full days (i.e., two eight-hour days rather than four four-hour days) and recommend that students commit as many days a week as possible for the best internship experience. School year interns must earn academic credit as determined by their law schools.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the hiring cycle as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
- Spring term: Applications will be accepted beginning September 15 for the following spring term.
- Summer term: Applications will be accepted beginning October 15 for the following summer term.
- Fall term: Applications will be accepted beginning March 5 for the following fall term.
How to apply
Applications from all interested students are welcome. Applications must include the following in PDF format: (1) Cover Letter that includes (a) a brief statement about why you want to work in the particular Program area you’ve applied for, (b) the office location you are interested in (applicable only to Racial & Economic Justice, Criminal Justice, and Immigrants’ Rights intern applicants), and (c) how you encountered the internship opening; (2) Resume; (3) Writing Sample; and, (4) List of References with contact information.
Please apply here: https://boards.greenhouse.io/aclunc/jobs/4681424002
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