September 30, 2021

Department

Legal

Overview

The ACLU is the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights, dedicated to defending the Bill of Rights and advocating for marginalized communities through litigation, legislation, and public education. The ACLU of Texas, founded in 1938 and headquartered in Houston, is the one of the largest ACLU affiliates in the nation. The ACLU of Texas has regional offices in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, and El Paso.

Whether it’s protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, combatting voter suppression, or preserving reproductive rights, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil rights and liberties cases to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Responsibilities

The ACLU of Texas seeks highly motivated undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of civil rights and civil liberties. Working closely with the intake coordinator, legal interns will work in a team to address, streamline, and track each aspect of the intake process. Students will be reviewing and responding to complaints from across Texas, identifying community resources, and analyzing patterns in our intake system. Students also will work on special projects alongside the intake coordinator and across departments for community outreach and analysis. Interns will attend intake meetings and present case findings to staff on a weekly basis.

Interns are expected to commit to a minimum of 10-12 hours/week and the internship hours are flexible. This internship is unpaid and academic credit should be applied for through your university. Successful completion of the semester will also include a letter recommendation from the ACLU of Texas.

Qualifications

  • Two years of college must be completed before the internship commences with a preference for 3rd or 4th year students.
  • Commitment to civil liberties and civil rights and an interest in working toward racial and social justice.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to research and synthesize information.
  • Engaging, outgoing personality capable of projecting compassion and warmth when interacting with complainants.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively across teams.
  • Interest in pursuing law school is preferred; but not necessary.

To apply

Applicants should send a cover letter describing your interest in civil rights and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during college; resume; and brief writing sample to Nina Kumar at nkumar@aclutx.org

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Texas reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Texas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

The ACLU of Texas undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.