Spring 2019 Legal Internship, National Security Project, NY ACLU - New York, NY4.5 1 day agoPart-timeEstimated: $28,000 - $38,000 a year Apply Now Skills * Legal Drafting * Microsoft Office The National Security Project is part of the ACLUs Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy includes, in addition to the National Security Project, the Human Rights Program, the Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology, the Immigrants Rights Project, and the Voting Rights Project. The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. The Project seeks to ensure that our nations core democratic values are the foundation of its strength and security, and that our governments response to national security concerns comport with those values. Through litigation and advocacy strategies, the National Security Project responds to specific government measures, and strives also to educate the public and shape the law so that the courts, Congress, and citizenry can serve as an enduring check against abuse. The National Security Projects litigation and advocacy focuses on issues including: government surveillance; targeted killing; unlawful detention; accountability for rights violations: national security programs or policies that discriminate against racial and religious minorities, activists and those who dissent; censorship; and, secrecy. INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW Interns will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The internship is part-time with weekly hours that are negotiable and typically requires a twelve hours per week commitment. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the National Security Project team on the following: Conducting legal and policy research Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims Researching and drafting materials for public education Other projects as assigned EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS This internship is open to law students who will have completed their first semester of school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following: Excellent research, writing and communication skills Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research The initiative to see projects through to completion The ability to analyze complex legal issues A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social justice, particularly as they relate to national security Commitment to the mission of the ACLU HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter describing your interest, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a current resume; a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length); and a list of three references to HRjobsNSP@aclu.org. Please reference [National Security Project Spring 2019 Legal Internship] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to National Security Project postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled. This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.