Fall 2020 Technology & Civil Liberties Internship (San Francisco office)

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ACLU of Northern CA

 

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 and graduate students to apply for its Technology & Civil Liberties 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.

Technology & Civil Liberties Internship

The Technology and Civil Liberties Intern will participate in cutting edge legal and policy work to safeguard privacy and free speech in the modern digital world. Interns will conduct legal and factual research and help draft reports, analyses, articles, and testimony to the legislature and regulatory agencies and brief the ACLU of California and National ACLU staff on a variety of technology issues.  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 Democracy & Civic Engagement and Immigrants’ Rights.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in strategy meetings with other ACLU staff, work with other interns in the San Francisco office, and likely attend technology meetings and events throughout the Bay Area.  Interns are encouraged to attend and participate in monthly program meetings, where prospective litigation and policy strategies are discussed.

Applicants must currently be enrolled in law school or a graduate program in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Science, Public Policy, Political Science, Journalism, or a related field, and must demonstrate a strong interest in the intersection of civil liberties and new technology, particularly privacy and free speech.  The Legal-Policy Department accepts one Technology & Civil Liberties Intern per term.  This internship is only available for the San Francisco office.

 

Application Process

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.

Application deadlines

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/4681413002

 

The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is supportive and free from discrimination.

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