The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks law students passionate about race equity, civil rights and civil liberties for our summer internships. The ACLU-MD is a private, nonprofit organization that defends the civil rights and civil liberties of Marylanders through litigation, policy advocacy, community engagement and strategic communications. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy. Among ACLU affiliates, the ACLU of Maryland is known for its commitment to racial justice and combating structural inequality. For three decades, our staff has been in the forefront of the struggle for racial justice in Maryland – challenging systemic racial segregation in public and assisted housing in metropolitan Baltimore, working to advance equity in public education, and using litigation to disrupt patterns of racial discrimination in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
The ACLU-MD takes great pride in having an extraordinarily broad agenda among ACLU affiliates. Beyond the defense of First Amendment rights for which the ACLU is best known, racial justice is a top priority for our affiliate. Currently, the ACLU-MD is working on cutting-edge legal projects addressing police abuse, securing immigrants’ rights, ending the use of solitary confinement, and challenging government surveillance. In addition, our current docket is comprised of cases in almost every area of constitutional and civil rights law, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, discrimination, privacy, police misconduct, the right to vote, due process, LGBTQ rights, prisoner’s rights, and access to public records.
The ACLU-MD has a staff of 26 full-time employees, including a legal program of nine. The office is collegial; the work is challenging, varied and rewarding. Summer Legal Interns participate in all aspects of the ACLU’s legal program. Interns can expect to conduct legal and factual research, interview potential plaintiffs and witnesses, draft correspondence and legal memos, and, where possible, draft briefs or motions in pending cases. Whatever the task, interns gain valuable skills and experience, and an appreciation for the practice of public interest law.
Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, and a passion for racial justice and civil rights. They should also be comfortable working with clients and communities from a wide range of identities and experiences. The ideal candidate is committed to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and applying a structural power analysis to work – acknowledging that power is distributed according to race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, and ability.
Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, official or unofficial transcript, and the name of at least two references.
Summer interns are expected to work at least 35 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
The ACLU of Maryland offers paid internships in exchange for a commitment to work the minimum hours for the entire semester. If the student chooses to get school credit and the school prohibits the student from accepting pay, it is the student’s choice whether they want to get credit or receive monetary payment. If the student is receiving funding for the internship from a grant, foundation or other third party, the ACLU has a policy of supplementing that pay so that the student receives an hourly amount equitable to that of other law student interns.
About the ACLU of Maryland
The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our team and want to involve all those who can contribute to our inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.
The ACLU of Maryland is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a key defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.