Internship posted by: American Civil Liberties Union
Posted on: November 29, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 500,000 members dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The National Security Project in the ACLU's National Office in New York City invites applicants for the Spring 2013 Undergraduate Internship starting in January 2013.
The National Security Project is part of the ACLU's Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, and advocates for government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States' commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy includes, in addition to the National Security Project, the Human Rights Program, and the Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology.
The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. We believe that our nation's core democratic values are the foundation of its strength and security, and that our government's response to national security concerns must comport with those values. Through our litigation and advocacy strategies, we not only respond to specific government measures, but strive also to educate the public and shape the law so that the courts, Congress, and citizenry can serve as an enduring check against abuse. The National Security Project's litigation and advocacy focuses on issues including: targeted killing, detention, torture, discrimination, government surveillance, censorship, and secrecy.
The Spring 2013 Undergraduate Internship requires an 8 - 12 week commitment. The internship is part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable. The number of interns accepted for the position may vary. Interns are highly encouraged to obtain funding from outside sources, as the internship is unpaid. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The undergraduate internship is designed to provide interns with the opportunity to learn about public interest work. Interns will work under the direct supervision of the Project's Paralegal, and will learn from and interact with other members of the Project's staff. Interns will gain experience by:
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and have completed their first year of college. Applicants must possess:
Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and a non-fiction writing sample of no more than five pages in length to hrjobsNSP@aclu.org. Reference [Spring 2013 Undergraduate Internship – NSP] in the subject line.Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to National Security Project postings.In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
The deadline for applications for the Spring Internship is December 14, 2012. Submissions received after this date will only be considered if space is available. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "ACLU."