Career Services Internship Opportunities

Racial Justice Program

Description: The Racial Justice Program (RJP) of the ACLU National Office in New York City invites applicants for its Fall 2014 Undergraduate Internship, which will begin in September. 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 Racial Justice Program aims to preserve and extend constitutional and other rights to segments of the population that historically have been denied their rights on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. In the area of criminal justice, RJP is dedicated to reducing the unwarranted targeting of people of color and the racially disproportionate imposition of incarceration. It is also dedicated to securing economic justice for populations of color who have been unduly affected by unconstitutional practices, such as the targeting of segregated communities for predatory lending. In the area of education, the Project seeks to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity. RJP has undertaken advocacy, including public education and community organizing, against the school-to-prison pipeline, a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The Project has also sought to promote school desegregation and affirmative action programs. INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW Interns will work with an experienced team of racial justice attorneys and staff in the ACLU’s National Office on a broad range of issues from across the country, particularly in the areas of education and economic justice. The internship requires an 8 to 12 week commitment beginning on September 9, 2014. The internship can be full-time or part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable. The number of interns accepted varies. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and to learn about public interest law, with a focus on populations whose rights have been denied on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. Interns will work with the Racial Justice team, and gain hands on experience on a range of significant issues and projects including: • Conducting factual research. • Developing web-based informational updates, including writing for the ACLU Blog of Rights. • Working on the maintenance of case files and compiling press files. • Working on the production of advocacy reports, complaints and briefs. • Other projects as assigned. EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS This internship is open to students who have completed their first year of college, and who are enrolled in an undergraduate program in a relevant field. Applicants must possess: • A strong interest in and familiarity with racial-justice and civil-liberties issues. • Excellent research, writing and communication skills. • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web-based research. • Strong organizational skills and administrative experience in an office setting, preferred. • The ability and initiative to see projects through to completion.

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, New York 10004-2400
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