SUMMER 2019 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
American Civil Liberties Union
National Political Advocacy Department, Washington DC
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 Electoral Team of the National Political Advocacy Department seeks applicants for its Summer 2019 Internship at the ACLU’s National Office in Washington DC. 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 Electoral Team spearheads the ACLU’s voter education and electoral engagement at the ACLU. This includes ballot measures, candidate races, and general voter engagement around civil rights and civil liberties issues. Examples of ACLU’s electoral engagement include Amendment 4 in Florida, the newly passed measure that will restore voting rights to 1.4 million formerly incarcerate people, and the Kansas gubernatorial election, during which we educated voters about the differences between the candidates’ stances on civil rights and civil liberties.
Interns will have the opportunity to work with and collaborate as a full member of the electoral team, including researching the policy records of candidates, drafting content, brainstorming ideas and strategy, and more. The Internship is typically full-time and requires a ten-week commitment with a start date in June 2019.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Electoral team on the following:
- Conducting research on races, candidates, and the policies of respective states and jurisdictions
- Drafting content for different voter engagement tactics, including mailers, digital ads, scorecards, and more
- Brainstorming ideas and strategy
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
- Other duties as assigned
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This internship is open to undergraduates/graduate students as well as non-students. 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
- Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
- A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter describing your interest in the Summer 2019 Electoral Team Internship, including any relevant life or work experience gained before, during, or after college/graduate school; a current resume; and a list of three references to hrjobsNPAD@aclu.org.
Reference [Electoral Project Summer 2019 Internship/W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to National Political Advocacy Department postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.
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Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.
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