SUMMER 2013 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO LAW STUDENTS
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Women’s Rights Project, NY
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 Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the summer of 2013.
The Women’s Rights Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights, and freedom of religion and belief.
Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women’s Rights Project (WRP) has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women to lead lives of dignity free from violence and discrimination, including discrimination based on gender stereotypes.
WRP focuses on women’s rights in the following priority areas: education, violence against women and employment. Cutting across these core priorities, WRP seeks to bring an international human rights framework to its litigation and advocacy. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women.
The Women’s Rights Project has overall responsibility for implementing ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination. WRP conducts direct litigation, files amicus curiae briefs, provides support for ACLU affiliate litigation, serves as a resource for ACLU legislative work on women’s rights and seeks to advance ACLU policy goals through public education, organizing and coalition advocacy. WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, in Congressional efforts to promote gender equality, and in significant communications and public education efforts on behalf of women and girls.
The Summer 2013 Legal Internship offers Interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The Internship is full-time. WRP prefers a minimum commitment of 10 weeks for the internship, but the commitment is not required. Because this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek support for Public Interest Fellowship stipends. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit. Interns who do not secure funding will be eligible for a stipend provided by the Project.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Women’s Rights Project 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 in the preparation of expert and fact witnesses for courtroom testimony.
Assisting with researching or drafting materials for public education.
Working on other projects as assigned.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Legal Internship is open to all law students who will have completed their first year of law school before the internship commences. Desired qualifications include:
Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including internet research.
Demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion.
Strong interest in social justice and legal issues.
A strong interest and commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a letter of interest, a resume, the names and telephone numbers of three references, an unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages in length to hrjobsWRP@aclu.org, reference WRP Summer 2013 Legal Internship/NALSA in subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Women’s’ Rights 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 to:
Re: Summer 2013 WRP Legal Internship/NALSA
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
We strongly encourage applicants to apply by February 8, 2013 but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
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”.