GRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
The Cross-Divisional Team of the ACLU National Political Advocacy Department has an opening for a Graduate Intern, Electoral.
The electoral program aims to protect and expand civil rights and civil liberties by educating voters on the policy positions of candidates on ACLU priority issues. The new Electoral Intern will be a crucial part of our growing team, supporting the strategy and implementation work of both the Senior Advisor and the Campaign Strategist for Electoral Candidate Races, reporting to the Campaign Strategist.
Candidates with a strong interest in electoral politics, communications and the advancement of civil liberties are encouraged to apply. Please note that the majority of the Cross-Divisional Team works remotely and this is a remote internship. Candidates based in proximity to an ACLU National office may request hybrid work.
- Tracking and organizing electoral data (we have many spreadsheets)
- Coordinating meetings, maintaining agendas, note-taking, other administrative duties
- Researching candidates or electoral opportunities
- Engage in other duties and special projects 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
This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
This internship is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree and/or at least one year of a graduate degree in political science or a related field. (Please note: this is not a legal internship and the electoral intern will not have any opportunity for litigation-related work.)
- Excellent written/verbal communication and research skills
- Strong organizational and time-management skills, strong attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
- Location: Due to COVID-19 our offices are currently operating in reduced capacities. We plan to launch an internship program that offers a limited number of remote or hybrid intern positions. Candidates for this internship who are located in proximity to the DC office may opt to work with us in-person following a hybrid (part in-person and part-remote) schedule.
- Time Commitment: Summer internships require a full-time commitment of 35 hours per week.
- Internship Duration: Full-time internships extend for a 10-week period and begin either May 30 or June 12, 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 the 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 by term:
- $18.57/hour forundergraduate students or equivalent experience and $21.42/hour for graduate and law students or equivalent experience.
- Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until mid-March or until filled.
How to apply
Click the "Apply for this job" link.
Please attach the following to your application, noting the specifications and page count:
- Resume (max. 1 page)
- Cover letter (max. 1 page): a brief statement about why you want to work at the ACLU and on our electoral program, your relevant experience and what you would bring to the position, and how this internship would support your career objectives. This is to put your resume & application in context.
- Research sample (max. 5 pages): this can be an excerpt from a term paper, thesis, etc, and should include thorough footnotes and a bibliography. It may be on a subject related to US electoral politics, or another area that demonstrates original thinking and investigation. This is to showcase your research abilities.
- Short writing sample (max. 1 page): The ACLU often engages in down-ballot races (e.g. Secretaries of State, State Supreme Courts, sheriffs, etc). Please write an informal but professional email to the hiring manager describing your interest in down-ballot races. Some suggested prompts: Is there a statewide or lower elected office you think people should care more about when it comes to civil rights and civil liberties issues? Was there a candidate that impressed you in 2022, or that you’ll be watching in 2023 or 2024? What interests you, and do you see any major opportunities and obstacles for that office or candidate? This is to showcase your analytical and strategic thinking skills.
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