Legal Internship, Human Rights Program, Summer 2019NY
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Location: New York Period: Summer 2019 (Start date: June 2019), ten-week commitment Deadline: unknown, as soon as possible
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 Human Rights Program of the ACLU’s National Office in New York seeks applicants for its Summer 2019 Legal 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 Human Rights Program is part of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy includes—in addition to the Human Rights Program- the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project and the National Security Project, and also works closely with staff from the ACLU’s Communications Department, Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department, and Washington Legislative Office.
The Human Rights Program (HRP) is dedicated to holding the U.S. government accountable to its international human rights obligations and commitments. The Program uses human rights strategies to complement existing ACLU legal and legislative advocacy primarily in the areas of immigrants' rights, national security, women's rights, prisoners’ rights, criminal law reform, and racial justice. It conducts human rights documentation and related advocacy to combat human rights violations in the U.S., and it engages in advocacy and litigation before U.S. courts and international bodies, including the United Nations and regional human rights bodies (such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).
Internship overview Interns will have the opportunity to conduct human rights and legal research and to work on all aspects of domestic and international advocacy HRP is working on. 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 Human Rights Program team on the following:
Conducting legal and policy research
Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs
Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims
Researching and drafting materials for public education and human rights documentation
Researching and drafting materials for advocacy before regional and international bodies
Experience and qualifications This internship is open to law students who will have completed their first semester of school before the internship commences. 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
A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social justice, and international human rights
Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
Knowledge and experience using the human rights framework and the international human rights system are a plus
How to apply Please send a cover letter describing your interest, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a current resume; a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length); and a list of three references to HRJobsHRP@aclu.org. Reference [Human Rights Program Summer 2019 Legal Internship/W] in the subject line.
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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.
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