2018 SUMMER LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO SECOND AND THIRD YEAR LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
Washington Legislative Office, DC
The American Civil Liberties Union (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 and our nation’s civil rights laws. The ACLU is widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier public interest law firms. The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the ACLU seeks applicants for legal interns for the Summer of 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1952, the Washington National Office is responsible for advancing the civil liberties agenda of the national organization before Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as working with ACLU affiliates on state legislatures.
Our Summer Legal Internship requires a 10-12 week commitment and is full-time. Students are highly encouraged to seek Public Interest Fellowship funds for the internship. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit. Summer interns who do not secure funding may be eligible to receive a stipend.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY:
Legal interns will work on a wide variety of issues. Working closely with the Legislative Counsels and other Lobbyists, whose area of focus matches the candidate’s specific area of civil liberties interest, interns will assist in all aspects of legislative and policy work including but not limited to:
- Researching and analyzing implications of legislative and policy proposals and tracking legislation, regulations, and policy drafts.
- Assisting in drafting testimony for Congressional hearings, regulatory comments, and official communications to Congress or Executive Branch officials.
- Attending hearings and preparing written reports on actions.
- Attending coalition meetings and preparing written reports.
- Researching and drafting issue statements for posting on the ACLU’s web page, newsletters and/or action alerts.
- Other projects as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Second and third year law students are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must possess:
- Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
- The ability to work independently
- Strong motivation and the initiative to see projects through to completion.
- An understanding of constitutional law & legal research.
- Completed course work in constitutional law desirable.
- A commitment to the support of civil liberties or civil rights; demonstrated interest in a specific area of legislation or policy related to current issues in civil liberties or civil rights.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample of 5-7 pages to firstname.lastname@example.org reference [Summer 2018 WLO Legal Internship] in subject line. Positions are open until filled.
Submit your application materials as early as possible.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this posting and specify your area(s) of interest, i.e., criminal justice, national security, immigration, etc.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals to apply.
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.”