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Voting Rights Intern (Spring 22)

ACLU of Maryland Baltimore, MD

  • Expired: October 30, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.

 

Job Title:  Voting Rights Internship (Spring 2022)

Department: Legal

Job Report To: Legal 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

Legal

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 college students passionate about race equity, civil rights and civil liberties for a fall internship.  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 office is collegial; the work is challenging, varied and rewarding. 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 this struggle in Maryland challenging systemic racial segregation in 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, including expanding First Amendment protections to people and groups who have not enjoyed equal free speech rights in the past. Currently, the ACLU-MD is working on cutting-edge projects addressing police abuse, securing immigrants rights, reforming parole policies and practices, and challenging government surveillance. In addition, our current docket comprises 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, the rights of incarcerated Marylanders, and access to public records.

The ACLU-MD has a staff of 30 full-time employees. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsibilities of the Voting Rights Intern will include the following:

The Voting Rights Intern work closely with the Legal Director and an interdepartmental team working to ensure maximum racial equity as state and local governments across the state undertake the once-a-decade redistricting process and implement new election plans. The ACLU of Maryland has worked for decades to ensure that voting systems and districts are designed to foster greatest participation of Black and Brown voters and candidates in municipal, county, and state elections through plans that prioritize race equity above all else. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working closely with staff in the Legal department, as well as staff from Policy, Engagement, and Communication departments. They will also be working with community partners through coalition, organizing, and legal work.  The Voting Rights Intern will provide support to the Legal team during an exciting and busy time, when redistricting plans will be moving quickly and the state legislature will be in session. Interns may also gain exposure and have the opportunity to meet with elected officials, community leaders, and ACLU clients. The Interns are expected to work 15-20 hours per week for the semester for a minimum of 3 to 4 months.

Duties and functions may include:

  • Research, compile, and analyze data, policies, and proposals;
  • Community outreach and engagement; 
  • Help draft letters, testimony, and public education materials;
  • Attend and speak at community, council, and committee meetings;
  • Gather facts and information about community demographics, politics, culture and more;
  • Provide additional administrative assistance and administrative tasks; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to advancing race equity. (See our Race Equity Statement to learn how race equity informs our work).

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.
  • An interest in elections and voting rights.
  • Must be currently enrolled in post-secondary (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, law, certificate program, etc.) studies.
  • Demonstrated experience with conducting research and collecting data.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to speak in public and facilitate meetings.
  • Proficiency with computers: MacOS, Microsoft Office, and internet research in particular.
  • Adept at functioning and collaborating in a remote environment including the use of video-conferencing applications like Zoom.
  • Organization and time management skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Familiarity and relationships with communities in Maryland a plus.

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. The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Applications (complete application packet) received on/before Wednesday, December 1, 2021, will receive priority consideration.  We anticipating this person staring on January 4, 2022 or January 18, 2022.

HOW TO APPLY:

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.

Submit your complete application packet using the below links:

  • Voting Rights Internship:  APPLY HERE

Required Application Materials:

  •   Cover Letter: Include your availability details (Preferred start and end dates; work schedule)
  •   Resume
  •   Transcript (official or unofficial)
  •   (2) References (include name and contact information)
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 ...

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