||SUMMER 2013 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO FIRST AND SECOND YEAR LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Capital Punishment Project, Durham, NC
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) of the ACLU's National Office in Durham, N.C. seeks applicants for its Summer 2013 Legal Internship, which will begin in June 2013.
The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU's Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project's litigation is conducted throughout the country, with particular focus on the South.
The Summer 2013 Legal Internship offers Interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The internship requires a 10-12 week commitment and is full-time. Because this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek Public Interest Fellowship funds. Arrangements can also be made with the student's law school for work/study stipends or course credit. Interns who do not secure funding may be eligible for a stipend provided by the Project.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Legal Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the CPP team. Interns will gain experience by:
Conducting legal and policy research.
Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
Assisting with researching and drafting materials for public education.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Internship is open to first and second year law students who possess the following:
Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including internet research.
The initiative to see projects through to completion.
An interest in the abolition of the death penalty.
A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length), and a list of three references to hrjobsCPP@aclu.org. Reference [CPP Summer 2013 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 Capital Punishment Project 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
RE: CPP Summer 2013 Legal Internship/FEM
American Civil Liberties Union
201 West Main Street, Suite 402
Durham, NC 27701
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2013, however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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."?