Feminist Jobs & Internships
|Job Title:||Spring 2013 NPP Undergraduate Internship-National Prison Project|
|Organization:||American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)|
|Region:||DC Metro Region|
|Description:||SPRING 2013 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY NOTICE TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS American Civil Liberties Union Foundation National Prison Project, Washington, D.C.
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 Prison Project of the ACLU?s National Office in Washington, D.C. invites applicants for the Spring 2013 Undergraduate Internship, which will begin in January 2013.
Founded in 1972 by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Prison Project (NPP) seeks to ensure constitutional conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, and immigration detention facilities. The Project seeks to promote prisoners? rights through class action litigation and public education. Its priorities include reducing prison overcrowding, improving prisoner medical care, eliminating violence and maltreatment, and increasing oversight and accountability in prisons, jails, and other places of detention.
The Project also works to challenge the policies of over-incarceration that have led the United States to imprison more people than any other country in the world. This is an opportune moment to reform those policies. There is a growing consensus among criminal justice experts and policymakers that America?s criminal justice system has relied too heavily on incarceration as the first and often only response for non-violent behavior that could better be addressed through other means. The population in American prisons and jails has tripled in the past 15 years and now approaches two and a half million. Facilities are overcrowded; medical systems are overwhelmed; work, education, and treatment programs are inadequate; and prison violence has increased. This failed experiment does not make us safer, it is not affordable, and it exacerbates the racial disparities that have long plagued the criminal justice system.
The Project, with a staff of seven lawyers, has fought and continues to fight unlawful prison conditions and practices through successful litigation on behalf of prisoners in more than 25 states. Since 1991, it has represented prisoners in five cases before the United States Supreme Court. The ACLU is the only organization litigating prison conditions of confinement nationwide on behalf of men, women, and children.
The Spring 2013 Undergraduate Internship requires a 12-16 week commitment. The internship is part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable. Since this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek funding from outside sources. Arrangements can also be made with the student?s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the National Prison Project team. Interns will also learn about building and supporting strategic legislative and advocacy campaigns. The intern will gain experience by:
Supporting advocacy efforts to amend the Prison Litigation Reform Act by identifying key members of Congress.
Assisting with the production and distribution of advocacy materials.
Conducting factual research and writing.
Gathering current information related to prison and jail conditions for a resource library.
Documenting and tracking complaints received from prisoners and responding with informational materials.
Working on other projects as assigned.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This Internship is open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate program for communications, political science, sociology, or a related field who possess the following:
A strong interest in criminal justice and a commitment to civil rights.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently.
Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
Strong computer skills, particularly web-based research including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume via email to hrjobsNPP@aclu.org. Reference: Spring 2013 NPP Undergraduate Internship/FEM in subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to National Prison 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.
Alternatively, applications can be mailed
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
RE: Spring 2013 Undergraduate Internship NPP/FEM
915 15th Street, NW - 6th Floor
Washington DC, 20005
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
We strongly encourage applicants to apply by December 1, 2012 but applications will be accepted until the internship is filled.
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?.