SUMMER 2019 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Disability Rights Project
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, fighting to integrate people with disabilities in the community, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction.
The Disability Rights Program of the ACLU’s National Office in San Francisco seeks applicants for its Summer 2019 Legal Internships. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.
The ACLU has a long history of defending the rights of people with disabilities. It played a major role in securing passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, has battled discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS, and has stood up for the voting rights of persons with disabilities in the ongoing debate over electoral reform. It has fought to obtain adequate health care and access to services for prisoners with disabilities across the country and is now addressing fundamental civil rights issues in education, voting, criminal justice, and guardianship.
Interns will have the opportunity to work on the School to Prison Pipeline, Criminal Legal Reform, Voting Rights and Ensuring Autonomy and Integration. The internship is full time, with an expected 35 hours per week commitment.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Disability Rights Project team on the following:
- Conducting legal and policy research
- Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs
- Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims
- Researching and drafting materials for public education
- Talking with affiliates and providing support for their disability rights work
- Perform special projects and other duties as assigned
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This internship is open to law students who will have completed their first year of school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research
- The initiative to see projects through to completion
- A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social justice, and disability rights issues.
- Personal experience with disability is preferred.
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter describing your interest, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school ; a current resume; a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length); and a list of three references to hrjobsDRP@aclu.org.
Please reference the Disability Rights Project Summer 2019 Legal Internship in the subject line.
Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Disability Rights Program postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.
This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.
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