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|Job Title:||Summer 2013 Undergraduate Internship-ACLUF Human Rights Program|
|Description:||Office: Non-legal Internships
Location: New York
February 7, 2013
SUMMER 2013 UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY NOTICE TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM 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 Human Rights Program (HRP) in the ACLU'sNational Office in New York City seeks applicants for a Summer Undergraduate Internship starting in June 2013.
The Human Rights Program (HRP) 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 Human Rights Program, the National Security Project and the Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology.
The Human Rights Program (HRP) is dedicated to holding the U.S. government accountable to its international human rights obligations and commitments. HRP uses human rights strategies to complement existing ACLU legal and legislative advocacy primarily in the areas of immigrants' rights, national security, women's rights, prisoners' rights, criminal law reform, and racial justice. To this end, the Program conducts human rights documentation and related advocacy to combat human rights violations in the U.S., and engages in advocacy and litigation before U.S. courts and international bodies, including the United Nations and regional human rights bodies (such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).
The Summer Undergraduate Internship requires a 10-12 week commitment. HRP offers both full-time and part-time internships, with weekly hours that are negotiable. The number of interns accepted varies. Interns are encouraged to obtain funding from outside sources, as the internship is unpaid. Arrangements can be made with interns? schools for work/study or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The undergraduate internship is designed to provide interns with the opportunity to learn about human rights and other public interest work. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the HRP team on projects to include:
- Conducting factual research on issues relating to civil liberties and human rights.
- Assisting with the production of litigation and advocacy materials.
- Assisting in preparations for human rights advocacy before the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
- Work on 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 commitment to civil liberties and human rights issues.
- Excellent research, writing, and communications skills.
- Strong computer skills, particularly web-based research and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
- Demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion.
- Basic knowledge of and/or interest in international human rights law desired.
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 HRjobsHRP@aclu.org. Reference [2013 Summer Undergraduate Internship :Human Rights Program] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Human Rights Program 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 opportunity, and whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time internship.
The deadline for applications for the Summer Internship is April 1, 2013. Applications received after this date will only be considered if space is available.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We encourage any applicants who need accommodations in the application process to contact: Recruitment@aclu.org.
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."