Career Services Internship Opportunities

Immigrants’ Rights Project

Description: The Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks applicants for the Undergraduate Summer Internship in San Francisco and New York, starting in September 2014. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit. OVERVIEW The Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) is a national project of the American Civil Liberties Union with offices in New York and California. Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy and public outreach, the Project carries on the ACLU’s commitment to protecting the rights and liberties of immigrants. In federal district and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, the Project conducts the nation’s largest impact litigation program dedicated to defending and expanding the rights of immigrants, enforcing the guarantees of the Constitution, and achieving equal justice under the law. The Project has focused on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the judicial system, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and constitute discrimination on the basis of “alienage” by governmental and private entities. In addition, the Project has been challenging constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including litigation against worksite and home raids, local anti-immigrant employment and housing laws, and improper enforcement of federal immigration laws by local sheriffs. IRP’s efforts in the enforcement arena seek to ensure the constitutional protections of the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, combat racial profiling arising from actual or pretextual immigration enforcement that subjects immigrant communities to racism and hostility, and challenge government policies and practices that undermine or deny immigrants’ ability to effectuate their existing legal rights. INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW The internship requires an 8-10 week commitment with a preferred start date of September 2014. The internship is part-time with weekly hours that are negotiable. The number of interns accepted varies. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Interns will work under the direct supervision of the Project's office manager and paralegals and will have the opportunity to work with the attorneys and staff of the Immigrants’ Rights Project on a range of significant issues and projects. The work will include: • Conducting factual research. • Developing web-based informational updates. • Providing assistance to the department. • Handling written and telephonic inquiries from people seeking legal assistance. • Assisting in the maintenance of case files and compiling of press files. • Tracking current legislation related to immigration. • Other projects as assigned. EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS • Commitment to civil liberties and immigrants’ rights. • Strong interest in social justice and legal issues. • Excellent writing and communication skills. • Strong computer skills, particularly web-based research and facility with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). • Proficiency in Spanish preferred, but not required. • Demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion. • Ability to perform administrative tasks as well as research and writing.

Salary Unknown
Type of Opportunity Full Time, Part Time
Location New York, NY
Degree Wanted Any
Field of Study Criminal Justice; Any
Field of Study
Special Skills & Requirements
Company Name American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Address: 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor , New York, NY 10004
About the Company: For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, 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. With more than a 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, disability or national origin.
How To Apply: Send resume to 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor , New York, NY 10004


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