August 9, 2013
Public Policy and Communications Interns
American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia is a private, non-profit organization that promotes civil liberties and civil rights for everyone in the Commonwealth through public education, litigation and advocacy with the goal of securing freedom and equality for all. We are an affiliate of the national ACLU, with which we share resources and expertise.
Summary: The ACLU of Virginia seeks two undergraduate or graduate students interested in non- profit communications, public relations, journalism, public policy, or advocacy for public policy and communications internships. One position will be dedicated primarily to the work of the Women’s Rights Project. These internships are designed to give students the opportunity to experience firsthand the workings of a non-profit public policy and communications department.
The interns’ primary responsibility will be to work with the ACLU of Virginia’s Public Policy and Communications Department on a variety of projects. In addition to his or her interactions with the Public Policy and Communications Department, the intern will have the opportunity to consult with staff from the ACLU national office and coalition partners.
Possible projects include:
- Drafting various communications materials including press releases, opinion editorials, letters to the editor, e-action alerts, and Know Your Rights materials;
- Writing entries for the ACLU of Virginia’s Blog and organizing staff contributions;
- Assisting in developing and disseminating marketing and publicity materials for the ACLU;
- Updating the ACLU’s website as needed;>
- Tracking media coverage of ACLU issues and initiatives;
- Conduct policy research on a variety of civil liberties issues;
- Assist in researching and drafting pro-active legislation to advance the ACLU’s mission;
- Assist in the planning and execution of integrated advocacy and communications campaigns;
- Researching, drafting, and creating original multimedia content.
The Women’s Rights Project intern will have similar responsibilities, but will focus attention on women’s rights issues, such as:
- Ensuring equal access to educational opportunity and resources and an educational environment free from gender-based stereotypes, violence, and harassment;
- Ensuring that all women, especially the most marginalized, have equal access to employment free from gender discrimination, sexual harassment, pregnancy and parenting discrimination, and unsafe and unfair work conditions;
- Ensuring that women and girls can lead lives free from violence by eliminating discrimination against survivors of gender-based violence and securing accountability by the government, employers, landlords and others for preventing and responding to violence;
- Reducing the over-incarceration of marginalized women and girls, ensuring equal rights and dignity while in confinement, and eliminating barriers imposed as a result of criminal records and;
- Ensuring that the decision about whether and when to become a parent remains free from government interference.
Location and Supervision: Our internships are located in Richmond, VA. The interns will be supervised by the Director and Associate Director of Public Policy and Communications, and will work with other staff including attorneys and project directors.
- Excellent oral and written communication and research skills;
- Experience in journalism, marketing, web-publishing, and/or desktop publishing;
- A creative, organized and responsible nature;
- Multi-tasking skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Self-confidence, with a sense of humor in order to maintain balance and perspective;
- Excellent computer skills, including databases, word processing, spreadsheets, email and online communications.
- A demonstrated commitment to the mission of the ACLU, civil liberties and civil rights;
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
Commitment: Our unpaid summer internships require, at minimum, a nine-week commitment. Interns during the academic year can apply for semester-long or year-long placement (with a commitment of at least nine weeks per semester).
Credit/Fellowships/Compensation: Some academic programs allow students to earn credit hours through an ACLU internship. Inquire about conditions and availability at your school. We are not able to offer a salary or hourly pay for interns, however, as a nonpartisan, 501c3 charitable organization, the ACLU of Virginia may be able to qualify as a work study placement and we would work with a student who is in the Federal Work Study program.
Applications: In order to ensure a good fit, for both the ACLU of Virginia and the intern, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and brief writing sample. In your cover letter, describe the relevant skills you possess and the specific issue area(s) that interest you. Those interested in the Women’s Rights Project internship should specify that in their letter. Please include a start and end date, as well as your hours of availability. The internship will be unpaid. Applicants for academic year internships should indicate if they’d like to have a semester-long or year-long commitment.
Deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but should be submitted no later than March 15 for the fall semester, October 1 for the spring semester, and February 1 for the summer.
Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:
Aisha Huertas Michel
Associate Director of Public Policy and Communications
ACLU of Virginia
701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 1412
Richmond, VA 23219
The ACLU of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons to apply.