The ACLU of Maryland (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. Among ACLU affiliates, the ACLU-MD 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’s Communications Department is responsible for promoting the ACLU’s legal, policy and advocacy efforts through the print, broadcast and digital media, our website, and social media. We use a race equity lens to inform our work. The Communication Department oversees the ACLU’s major events, press conferences, newsletters, written materials, social media, web production, digital content and video production.
This internship will provide a front row seat to the ACLU’s fight to protect civil liberties, including immigrants’ rights and criminal justice reform. Under the supervision of the Digital Communications Strategist, the Communications Video Production Intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Communications Team and learning the ins and outs of video production and storytelling from a nonprofit perspective. Ideal candidates would be interested in learning all facets of video production/post-production/motion graphics, effective at managing simultaneous projects and tasks, and care about sharing stories to drive social change. They should be attentive to detail and have good project organizational skills (file structures, naming, communication).
The candidate will learn best practices in strategic communications and video production and how to keep abreast of trends. They will have the opportunity to meet with legislators, elected officials, community leaders, national and local activists and ACLU clients.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist with communication administrative tasks.
- Help create strategies to communicate our work.
- Conduct research on best practices for video, social media and digital campaigns.
- Listen to and support the work of impacted people as related to our work.
- Demonstrate a commitment to advancing race equity. (See our Race Equity Statement to learn how race equity informs our work).
- Assist with pre-production tasks such as location scouting and interview question development.
- Handle on-set camera, sound, and/or lighting support.
- Help work with impacted people to make them feel comfortable sharing their stories to advance social justice efforts.
- Capture high quality b-roll footage and images as needed.
- Travel to locations as deemed appropriate as it relates to our work.
- Prepare and organize video assets: recordings, screen captures, audio files.
- Conduct first round of edits and ensure a visuals and tone that is consistent with the desired message.
- Work with the Communication Team in a review process to organize and make edits as needed.
- Transcribe interviews and provide closed captions.
- Provide support for distribution of video materials.
- Optimize YouTube descriptions, metadata and transcriptions for better search visibility.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This Internship is open to all undergraduate students. Interns should possess the following:
- Strong editing experience in Adobe required.
- Microsoft Office Excel and PowerPoint experience required.
- Knowledge of After Effects and Photoshop skills a plus.
- Working knowledge of digital video cameras and equipment (cameras, basic lighting, audio recording, etc) required.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team to achieve desired goals.
- Strong communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to interface with cross-functional teams in a professional way.
- Open to learning about how race equity can inform communications work.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, describing your interest in communications and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during college; a resume; video work samples; and a list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This Spring Internship is part time, 20-25 hours per week, and requires a commitment until the end of the school year (specific date to be determined). This is a paid internship. Arrangements can also be made for work/study or course credit.
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.