||2013 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. The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the ACLU?s National Office in Washington, DC invites applications for Legal Interns for the Summer of 2013.
Founded in 1952, the Washington Legislative 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.
The Summer 2013 Legal Internship requires a 10-12 week commitment and is full-time. Because this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek support for Public Interest Fellowship stipends. Arrangements can also be made with the student?s law school for work/study stipends or course credit. Interns who do not secure funding will be eligible for a stipend provided by WLO.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside Lobbyists whose focus area matches a specific civil liberties issue. Interns will gain experience by working on assignments that may include:
Researching civil liberties implications of legislative proposals and track legislation.
Assisting in drafting testimony for Congressional hearings.
Attending hearings and preparing written reports on actions.
Attending coalition meetings as necessary with lead lobbyist.
Researching and drafting issue statements for posting on the ACLU?s web page, newsletters and/or action alerts.
Other projects as assigned.
DESIRED 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, be highly motivated and possess 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; demonstrated interest in a specific area of legislation.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample of 5-7 pages in length to hrjobsWLO@aclu.org reference [Summer 2013 WLO Legal Internship/FEM] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Washington Legislative Office postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
Alternatively, applications can be mailed
American Civil Liberties Union
RE: Summer 2013 WLO Legal Internship/FEM
915 15th Street, NW - 6th Floor
Washington DC, 20005
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
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?.