[Jobs] FW: Please Post/Forward ACLU Summer 2014 PFRB Legal Internship

Maurer, Patricia PMaurer at nfb.org
Tue Dec 10 15:20:31 UTC 2013



From: hrintern [mailto:hrintern at aclu.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:10 AM
To: Maurer, Patricia
Subject: Please Post/Forward ACLU Summer 2014 PFRB Legal Internship




2014 SUMMER LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, DC

For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief (PFRB) of the ACLU's National Office in Washington, DC invites applications for Legal Internships for the Summer of 2014.

OVERVIEW

Founded in 2005, the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief is a division of the national ACLU. It is part of the ACLU's Center for Liberty, which encompasses the ACLU's work on women's rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, and freedom of religion and belief. The Center for Liberty 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 Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief is designed to safeguard the First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty by ensuring that laws and governmental practices neither promote religion nor interfere with its free exercise. Building on the ACLU's near-century of work defending these constitutional principles, the Program employs an integrated strategy of litigation, public education, and advocacy.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

The Summer 2014 legal internship requires a 10-12 week commitment and is full-time. Arrangements can also be made with the student's law school for work/study stipends or course credit. Interns who do not secure funding may be eligible for a stipend provided by the Program.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBLITIES

The Summer Legal Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working closely with the Program staff. Interns will learn about all aspects of the Program's work, including litigation, public education, and advocacy, and will gain experience by:

*         Conducting legal research and factual investigation.
*         Drafting of memoranda, complaints, discovery materials, and briefs.
*         Responding to ACLU affiliates, private attorneys, governmental entities, and others who seek the ACLU's help.
*         Screening potential cases and researching or drafting materials for public education.



DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

This Legal Internship is open to all law students who possess the following:

*         Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
*         The initiative to see projects through to completion.
*         The ability to work with a wide range of people.
*         A strong interest and commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues.



HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship, a resume, three references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample, no more than 10 pages in length, via email to hrjobsPFRB at aclu.org<mailto:hrjobsPFRB at aclu.org> - reference [Summer 2014 PFRB Legal Internship/INCL] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief 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:

Law Student Intern Program
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
RE: [Summer 2014 PFRB Legal Internship/INCL]
915 15th Street, NW - 6th Floor
Washington DC, 20005



Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.


Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.


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 description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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, and veteran status.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCLReq at aclu.org<mailto:HRJobsINCLReq at aclu.org>. Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed.  Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

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."

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