Location

Baltimore, MD

Department

Public Policy

Deadline date

The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

WHO WE ARE

The ACLU of Maryland (ACLU-MD) is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization that works in the courts, legislature, and in support of communities to affect structural change. We exist to empower Marylanders to exercise their rights so that the law values and uplifts their humanity. Our vision is a Maryland where people are united in affirming and exercising their rights in order to address inequities and fulfill the country’s unrealized promise of justice and freedom for all. We are committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.

ACLU-MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Public Policy Legal Intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working closely with the Public Policy team. They will participate in many aspects of the ACLU’s Public Policy program. They can expect to conduct legal and policy research, participate in strategy meetings, draft correspondence and legal memos, and, where possible, assist with drafting a variety of legal memos, letters, and other documents.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Values Agreement:

Demonstrated personal commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications through previous experiences.

Race Equity Commitment:

Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy, and incorporating a structural power analysis into work. Must have knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances.

Typical Education and Work Experience:

  • Availability to work 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks during the Spring term (January 9, 2023 – May 12, 2023).
  • Juris Doctorate Degree or candidate who will be enrolled in at least their last semester of law school in Spring 2023
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Adept at functioning and collaborating in a remote environment including the use of video-conferencing applications like Zoom.
  • Effective at managing projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to identify the impact of oppression on individual outcomes and empathize with people’s experiences.
    Personal commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications.
  • A demonstrated commitment to race equity, dismantling white supremacy, and incorporating a structural power analysis. Experience centering race equity. Knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position is a non-management position and does not encompass supervisory responsibility.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    The ACLU of Maryland offers paid internships in exchange for a commitment to work the minimum hours for the Fall term. If the student chooses to get school credit and the school prohibits the student from accepting pay, the student must choose either school credit or monetary payment.

    The salary is $20.00 per hour. This position is non-exempt and eligible for overtime compensation under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    The position also includes excellent benefits, direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties, and civil rights work. This position is not in the bargaining unit represented by OPEIU Local 2.

    DEADLINE & START DATE

    Candidates must be available to work 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks during the Spring term (January 9, 2023 – May 12, 2023).

    HOW TO APPLY

    We encourage all applicants committed to racial and social justice to join our team. We strongly encourage people with incarcerated loved ones, people who are formerly incarcerated, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people who are LGBTQ to apply. Please submit a cover letter and resume at this website.

    Three professional references, and a short (no longer than 5 pages) writing sample may also be required after interview.

    We discourage applicants from applying through third-party websites. Early applications are strongly encouraged. It will not be possible for us to respond to telephone or email inquiries. Resumes or applications sent via other avenues will not be considered.

    APPLY HERE

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The ACLU of Maryland makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provides all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities, as determined from a collaborative reasonable job accommodation evaluation process, if deemed necessary to perform the essential functions of the job, provided they do not constitute an undue hardship for the employer. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email human resources at HR@aclu-md.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process. The following capabilities are general requirements necessary to perform the essential functions of this position related to work schedule, physical demands, working environment, travel, etc.

    • Effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing, including by phone, e-mail, or in person.
    • Understand, remember, communicate, and apply complex oral and/or written instructions and factual information.
    • Maintain sustained concentration on computer screens and use keyboards and a variety of peripherals.

    ABOUT THE ACLU OF MARYLAND

    The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that promotes equity. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    The ACLU of Maryland makes every effort to assure that its recruitment, selection, hiring and employment practices provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email human resources at HR@aclu-md.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process. We encourage individuals of all abilities to request reasonable job accommodations through our office of human resources. Requesting a reasonable accommodation will not automatically be perceived as a disqualifying factor that would prevent an employee from performing the essential duties of the job.

    The ACLU of Maryland is a non-partisan, non-profit racial justice, social and public interest organization that works in the courts, legislature, and in support of communities to affect structural change. We exist to empower Marylanders to exercise their rights so that the law values and uplifts their humanity. Our vision is a Maryland where people are united in affirming and exercising their rights in order to address inequities and fulfill the country’s unrealized promise of justice and freedom for all. We are committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy. ACLU of Maryland is an affiliate of the national ACLU.

    Organization Commitment to Race Equity

    All individuals in our organization are expected to support and maintain our organizational commitment to centering race equity in their work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to Black, Indigenous, Individuals and Communities of Color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy. Application of this principle requires the conscious use of a race equity lens at all levels of work to both identify and understand implications of structural racism, challenge or confront systemic conditions or resulting issues, and dismantle overall institutional systems related to white privilege and white supremacy when engaging, advocating, and defending the civil liberties and civil rights of all Marylanders.