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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Women's Rights Project

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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: New York, NY

Sector: Advocacy

Start Date: Spring 2020

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Arrangements can be made with the student's school for a work/study stipend or course credit.

Time Commitment: The internship is a semester-long part time position with a 10-15 hours per week commitment.

Desired Class Year: Open to students who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Organization website: https://www.aclu.org/other/about-aclu-womens-rights-project

Brief Description of the organization:

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 the rights of people living with HIV, freedom of religion and belief, and the rights of people with disabilities.

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 and works to break down gender stereotypes that limit opportunities for individuals. Through litigation, advocacy, grassroots mobilization, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination based on gender.

WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, in advocacy for women's rights at the state and federal level, and in significant communications on behalf of women and girls. WRP focuses on women's rights in the following priority areas: employment, education, and gender-based violence.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

The Women's Rights Project of the ACLU's National Office in New York, NY seeks undergraduate interns for the Spring 2020 to work on active litigation and other research projects. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Women's Rights Project team. Interns will have the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects. The internship is a semester-long part time position with a 10-15 hours per week commitment. Arrangements can be made with the student's school for a work/study stipend or course credit.

The intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the WRP team on:

  • Researching policy issues and other matters as requested for litigation and advocacy.
  • Researching and drafting materials for public education.
  • Providing daily media review for gender justice, Legislative review and tracking, factual analysis of cases and issues.
  • Non-legal research (and sometimes legal, depending on the interns' background).
  • Legislative bill tracking.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

The internship is open to students who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research skills, including conducting internet research.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing.
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizing and time-management skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social justice, and women's rights.

How to apply:

Apply according to the instructions here: https://student.internships.com/job/sam_3371644756?uam=1&context=seo&seo-page-id=sam_3371644756&seo-mcid=69375238488282284891779903925744406545

This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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