Summer 2019 Undergraduate/ Graduate Internship, Product & Technology Department, NY

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February 6, 2019

SUMMER 2019 UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
American Civil Liberties Union

Product & Technology Department, NY

 

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, 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 Product & Technology Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York, NY seeks applicants for its Summer 2019 Undergraduate/ Graduate Internship. 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. 

 

OVERVIEW

The Product & Technology team is made up of product managers, product designers, engineers, and program managers. Our interns will participate in the working on public-facing and internal projects that support our efforts in education, fundraising, and political advocacy, as well as management and analysis of our donor data. Help us design, develop, test, deploy, and iterate the software that supports our mission and programmatic goals.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Product & Technology team on the following:

For engineers:

  • Develop and test web-based pages and user flows for ACLU.org, such as our donation forms, petition pages, and tools for contacting legislators, and for other ACLU web-based applications
  • Enhance our internal constituent management systems through our MySQL database, Salesforce integration, and data analysis platforms
  • Wrangle and analyze data with Python, SQL, and API integrations
  • Research and prototype new software libraries, tools, and 3rd party integrations
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction
  • Passion for civil liberties and civil rights, especially regarding web accessibility, security, digital privacy, and related practices for making software inclusive and accessible to all
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Other duties as assigned

For designers:

  • Visual and interaction design for ACLU.org, such as informational and advocacy content, petition forms, tools for contacting legislators and organizing activists, and other ACLU web-based services
  • Research and synthesize real-world user feedback to make minor and major improvements
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction
  • Passion for civil liberties and civil rights
  • Commitment to making designs inclusive and accessible to all
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Other duties as assigned

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

This internship is open to undergraduate/graduate students. Interns should possess the following:

For engineers:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in computer science, human-computer interaction, or related fields, with previous hands-on software development experience through coursework and/or personal projects
  • Hands-on experience with at least one common programming language, such as Python, JavaScript, Java, or PHP
  • Experience with HTML and CSS; for candidates interested in front-end web development, knowledge of supporting tools such as jQuery, SASS, Vue.js, or React is a plus
  • For candidates interested in back-end systems or data engineering, experience with relational databases and supporting tools such as SQL and/or R is desirable
  • Familiarity with common software architecture patterns for web applications such as client/server communication and Model-View-Controller, and automated software testing practices

For designers:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in interaction design, information design, graphic design, or related fields, with previous hands-on design experience through coursework and/or personal projects
  • Ability to communicate concepts and ideas through sketches and wireframes
  • Excellent collaboration and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with designing user-centered experiences for the web – knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript is a plus
  • Fluency with Sketch, Illustrator, Figma, or other design tools

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter describing your interest in technology and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during college/ graduate school; a current resume; and a list of three references to hrjobsptec@aclu.org.

Reference [Product & Technology Summer 2019 Undergraduate/Graduate Internship/W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Product & Technology 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.

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, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.  

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: hrjobsincl@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.

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.”

 

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