The ACLU seeks a Legal Intern in the Disability Rights Program of the ACLU’s National office in New York San Francisco, or Washington, DC.
The Disability Rights Program is part of the Legal Department of the National ACLU. The Disability Rights Program strives for an America free of discrimination against people with disabilities, where they are valued, integrated members of society with full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, voting, and civic life. We work on issues at the intersection of disability rights and civil rights. Our work currently focuses on the criminal legal system (prison, criminal supervision, and policing), education (aversive discipline), voting, guardianship, artificial intelligence, and the criminalization of homelessness.
DRP Interns are essential to the work of our small team. Our legal interns engage in legal research, participate in team meetings, review and cite-check briefs, and engage in client outreach, intake calls, and other daily work of our team. Interns will gain valuable experience by working with the team on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
Conduct legal and policy research
Draft memoranda, affidavits, and briefs
Communicate with clients and impacted community members
Research and draft public education materials
Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
Demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the ACLU
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
Demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship.
Excellent legal research and writing skills, including legal database and internet research
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Attention to detail, excellent organizing and time-management skills
Strong work ethic and motivation to see projects through to completion
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
Personal or professional experience with disability, disability rights, or the disability community is preferred.
Location: Our Internship Program offers a limited number of remote or hybrid intern positions. Candidates for this internship can select a fully remote or hybrid (part in-person and part remote) arrangement.
Time Commitment: This internship requires a part-time commitment of 10, 15 or 20 hours per week or full-time commitment of 35 hours per week.
Internship Duration: Part-time internships extend for a 12-week period and full-time for a 10-week period beginning either September 11 or September 25, 2023.
Stipend: A stipend is available for those students who do not receive course credit and are lawfully authorized to work. Students who receive outside funding are eligible for a partial stipend to bring their total funding up to the level of ACLU’s stipend amount for that term, if applicable. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit. Below is the stipend breakdown:
$20/hour forundergraduate students or equivalent experience and $24/hour for graduate and law students or equivalent experience
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled, but priority review will be given to applications submitted on or before July 9, 2023.
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees. For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked 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 LGBTQ+ community, 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 cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.
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