Volunteer Office Clerk
This is an undergraduate internship opportunity available in the ACLU of Northern California’s Legal-Policy Department.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks a volunteer paralegal student or undergraduate work-study student to work as a Volunteer Office Clerk with the Legal-Policy Department.
About the organization and the department
The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC), founded in 1934, is the largest ACLU affiliate in the nation, with 50,000 members and more than 50 staff, including a legislative office in Sacramento and a satellite office in Fresno.
The Legal-Policy Department of the ACLU-NC 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 and the California Constitution. The work of the Department covers a vast span of issues with particular emphasis in ten core areas: Criminal Justice, Education Equity, Equality, First Amendment, Immigrants’ Rights, LGBT Rights, National Security, Reproductive Justice, Technology and Civil Liberties, and Voting Rights. The Department currently includes fourteen attorneys and policy directors, five fellows, and three assistants. The Department staff work closely with the other departments within the ACLU-NC, including Organizing & Community Engagement, Communications, Development, Finance & Administration, and with the Legislative Office based in Sacramento.
The Volunteer Office Clerk will support the litigation assistants with responding to requests for assistance, managing the law library and filing. As the Volunteer Office Clerk, you are responsible for:
- Answering phone calls received through our Civil Liberties Hotline;
- Conducting initial interviews with the callers, including writing clear and complete notes during the call and presenting relevant matters in a concise manner to attorneys during a review meeting;
- Reviewing and evaluating written requests for assistance, including mail and online complaints;
- Working within web-based database to enter data, as well as catalogue data within the system;
- Maintaining the law library by updating the inventory spreadsheet and inserting updates, as needed;
- Assisting litigation assistants with litigation and administrative tasks, including case filing, discovery indexes, etc.; and,
- Other duties as assigned.
- College student (3rd and 4th years preferred) college graduate, or paralegal student with a strong commitment to and enthusiasm for the mission of the ACLU of Northern California.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to synthesize information concisely in written format and to orally present the information in organized, concise, and clear manner in meetings.
- Strong computer proficiency, particularly in using Microsoft Word and Outlook, and demonstrated ability to learn web-based database.
- Experience working with non-profit or advocacy group(s) is valuable.
- Individuals with bilingual skills are especially encouraged to apply.
Time commitment & benefits
We require a minimum semester-long (12-16 weeks) commitment of two to three days a week, a minimum of four hours per day. This is an unpaid position, although workstudy funds may be available during a school semester. Summer internships are also available.
Send a cover letter explaining your interest in volunteering at the ACLU-NC, along with a brief resume or written description of relevant experience to Lisa Hathaway at email@example.com.
The ACLU-NC is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are particularly urged to apply.