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|Job Title:||Fall 2012 Undergraduate Internship -- Racial Justice Program|
|Organization:||American Civil Liberties Union|
|Description:||FALL 2012 UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY NOTICE TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION Racial Justice Program, New York
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 Racial Justice Program of the ACLU?s National Office in New York City seeks applicants for a Fall Undergraduate Internship starting in September 2012.
The Racial Justice Program (RJP) aims to preserve and extend constitutional and other rights to segments of the population that historically have been denied their rights on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. Interns will work with an experienced team of racial justice attorneys on a broad range of issues from across the country, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and education.
In the area of criminal justice, RJP is dedicated to reducing the unwarranted targeting of people of color and the racially disproportionate imposition of incarceration. We have filed civil challenges to the inadequate provision of counsel to adult and juvenile indigent defendants, and sought to halt pre- and post-9/11 racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.
In the area of education, we seek to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity. We have undertaken advocacy, including public education and community organizing, against the school-to-prison pipeline. We have sought to promote school desegregation and affirmative action programs. RJP also has advocated before international human rights bodies on behalf of formerly incarcerated people and people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Our Fall 2012 Undergraduate Internship requires a 12-16 week commitment. The internship is part-time, with weekly hours negotiable. The number of interns accepted varies. 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 Program?s Paralegals, and will learn from and interact with other members of the Program?s staff. Interns will gain experience by:
Conducting factual research.
Assisting in the maintenance of case files and compiling of press files.
Assisting with the preparation of complaints and briefs.
Developing web-based informational updates.
Assisting with written and telephonic inquiries from persons seeking legal assistance.
Other projects as assigned.
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:
A strong interest in social justice, legal issues and a commitment to racial justice and civil liberties.
Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
Strong computer skills, particularly web-based research including proficiency with Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Strong organizational skills.
The initiative to see projects through to completion.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and a non-fiction writing sample of no more than five pages in length to hrjobsRJP@aclu.org (Please note, this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Racial Justice Program postings).
Please reference [Fall 2012 Undergraduate Internship -- Racial Justice Program/FEM] in the subject line. Or you can apply by mail
Fall 2012 Undergraduate Internship -- Racial Justice Program/FEM American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004-2400
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply early, but applications will be accepted until the internship is filled.
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.?