FALL 2011 Internship Opportunity – ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 500,000 members 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 invites applicants for the Fall 2011 WRP Graduate Research Internship, which will begin in September 2011.

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 (including single sex education, the rights of pregnant and parenting teens, and gender-based violence and harassment in schools), violence against women (including battered women’s rights to be free from discrimination in housing, employment, and government services and including the right to hold institutions, including government and employers, accountable for preventing and responding to gender-based violence), employment (including the rights of women in female-dominated industries such as childcare, women in non-traditional employment, pregnant and parenting women, and women with criminal records), and civil liberties and human rights issues affecting women and girls (including criminal justice issues affecting women and girls, as well as the rights of women and girls to bodily dignity and integrity).  Cutting across these core priorities, WRP seeks to bring an international human rights framework to our litigation and advocacy.  Through litigation, community outreach, 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.

Our Fall 2011 WRP Graduate Research Internship requires a 12-16 week commitment. The internships are part-time, with negotiable weekly hours. Interns are highly encouraged to obtain funding from outside sources, as the internship is unpaid. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.

The Fall Graduate Research intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Women’s Rights Project team and liaise with the Archives Department. The intern will gain experience by working on the following:
·         Conducting historical research in the ACLU archives, located at Princeton University and at the ACLU.
·         Compiling research and writing materials for special projects.
·         Other projects as assigned.

This Internship is open to all students enrolled in a graduate program for history, women’s rights, library science, sociology, political science, or related field who possess the following:
·         Strong written, verbal, archival research and communication skills.
·         Experience with historical research and writing a preferred.
·         Must be self motivated and demonstrate the initiative to see projects through to completion.
·         Ability to work on research and writing projects with minimal supervision.
·         Strong interest in women’s rights, social justice and civil liberties issues.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, a resume, and a non-fiction writing sample of no more than five pages to hrjobs@aclu.org – reference [Fall 2011 Graduate Research Internship-WRP] in the subject line or via mail to:
Human Resources
RE: Fall 2011 Graduate Research InternshipWRP
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

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

We strongly encourage applicants to apply by September 6, 2011

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.”

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