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Public Policy Intern (Spring 22)

ACLU of Maryland Baltimore, MD

  • Expired: November 02, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.

 

Job Title: Public Policy Intern (Spring 2022)

Department: Public Policy

Job Report To: Public Policy Director

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt; Part Time (Temporary)

Collective Bargaining Unit: Non-Eligible

Pay Range: $17.00 p/h - $20.00 p/h

Location:  Baltimore, MD (Remote)

 

 

 

 

About the Position

LOCATION

Baltimore, MD (work will be done remotely)

DEPARTMENT

Public Policy

DEADLINE DATE

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

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks a highly motivated applicant for our public policy internship program. The ACLU-MD is the Maryland state affiliate office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The Public Policy Department works with local and statewide leaders to realize the promise of our Constitution and Bill of Rights by advocating to reform laws and policies around the criminal justice system, public safety, education, immigrants rights, voting rights, and civil rights and liberties for all Marylanders. Interns may do some or all of the following: research and analyze laws, data, policies, and practices, help draft legislation and testimony, provide administrative assistance, and attend legislative briefings, hearings, and meetings with policymakers, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.

The ideal candidate is highly organized, has excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, excellent time management skills with meticulous attention to detail. They have the skills and confidence to work independently, with the ability to manage time effectively. They will have the ability to think proactively, anticipate problems, develop effective solutions, and take initiative; be dependable, punctual, and flexible. The ideal candidate has a strong commitment to race equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis into work, with 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.

We are looking for a thoughtful team player who values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and they actively work to foster an equitable and inclusive experience for everyone in their work.

This internship is paid and will coincided with three to four months of the interns academic semester depending on the needs of the department. Although the ACLU of Maryland is based in Baltimore City, this internship will primary work virtually in adherence with our current remote operations protocol.  There could be anticipated and expected travel to the Officer or to Annapolis during the legislative session, as well as other parts of the state. There is also some flexibility to work from home.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Duties and functions may include:

  • Researching and analyzing laws, data, policies, and practices;
  • Helping draft and deliver testimony for bill hearings;
  • Attending legislative briefings and hearings;
  • Scheduling and facilitating meetings with legislators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • Attending departmental meetings;
  • Providing additional administrative assistance and administrative tasks; and
  • Demonstrating a commitment to advancing race equity. (See our Race Equity Statement to learn how race equity informs our work).

Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the legislative process by working alongside the Public Policy team. Interns may also gain exposure and have the opportunity to meet with legislators, elected officials, community leaders, national and local activists, and ACLU clients. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Personal commitment to advancing the ACLUs 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 in all aspects of organizing. 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.
  • A thoughtful team player who values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and actively works to foster an equitable and inclusive experience for everyone in their work.
  • Must be a current college student (at least one semester completed preferred).
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to speak in public along with facilitating meetings.
  • Proficiency with computers: MacOS, Microsoft Office, and internet research in particular.
  • Knowledge of how to use video conferencing programs like Zoom.
  • Organization and time management skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

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 students 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 interns.  Salary ranges between $17.00 per hour and $20.00 per hour and is contingent upon related education/experience. The position also includes excellent benefits, direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties, and civil rights work. This position is non-exempt and eligible for overtime compensation under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. However, this position is not in the bargaining unit represented by OPEIU Local 2.

THE APPLICATION

DEADLINE/START DATE:

The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. We anticipating this person staring on January 4, 2022 or January 18, 2022.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, two references, and one academic or professional writing/work sample at this website: LINK . Alternatively you can email your application to nalley@aclu-md.org .

In the cover letter, please provide details about when you are available to start and end, and how many days or hours per week you can intern virtually during the Spring semester.  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 regarding the status of application submissions.

THE ORGANIZATION

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.

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 countrys 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.

 

 

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