2014 SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY NOTICE TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Human Rights Program, NY
For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The Human Rights Program in the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks applicants for a Summer Undergraduate Internship starting in June 2014.
The Human Rights Program 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 a human rights framework to complement existing ACLU legal and legislative advocacy and
to advance social justice primarily in the areas of counter-terrorism, immigrants' rights, women's rights, racial justice, and criminal and juvenile justice.
By using and invoking international human rights law and mechanisms, the ACLU has been able to make advances when previous concerns were dismissed by domestic courts. Having adopted an integrative approach to human rights advocacy that incorporates capacity and coalition building, in addition to utilizing documentation, litigation and legislative strategies, HRP is strengthening the ACLU’s work to advance human rights in the United States.
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 for the position varies. Arrangements can be made with
educational institutions for work/study or course credit. A modest stipend will be offered to interns who do not receive course credit and/or outside funding.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The internship provides interns with the opportunity to learn about human rights and other public interest work. Interns will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with other Program staff. During the internship, interns will:
· Work with factual research on issues relating to civil liberties and human rights.
· Work on the production of litigation and advocacy materials.
· Review government documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act.
· Maintain case files.
· Assist with preparation 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 toHRjobsHRP@aclu.org – reference [2014 Summer Undergraduate Internship – Human Rights Program/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Human Rights 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.
Applications can also be sent by mail to:
Human Rights Program
[RE: 2014 Summer Undergraduate Internship – HRP/ACLU-W]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004-2400
The deadline for applications for the Summer Internship is April 1, 2014. Submissions received after this date will only be considered if space is available.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity and whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time internship.
This posting 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 posting at any time without advance notice.
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, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.
The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.
We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact:
HRJobsINCLReq@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.
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