2016 Spring Undergraduate Internship Opportunity: American Civil Liberties Union Foundation- Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York City

2016 Spring Undergraduate Internship Opportunity

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation- Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York City

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. The Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks applicants for Spring Undergraduate Internships in New York, starting in January 2016.

Stipends are available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.


The Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) is a national project of the American Civil Liberties Union with offices in New York and California. The internship will be in our New York City office. Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy and public outreach, the Project carries on the ACLU’s commitment to protecting the rights and liberties of immigrants. In federal district and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, the Project conducts the nation’s largest impact litigation program dedicated to defending and expanding the rights of immigrants, enforcing the guarantees of the Constitution, and achieving equal justice under the law.

The Project has focused on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the judicial system, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and constitute discrimination on the basis of “alienage” by governmental and private entities. In addition, the Project has been challenging constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including litigation against worksite and home raids, local anti-immigrant employment and housing laws, and improper enforcement of federal immigration laws by local sheriffs.  IRP’s efforts in the enforcement arena seek to ensure the constitutional protections of the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, combat racial profiling arising from actual or pretextual immigration enforcement that subjects immigrant communities to racism and hostility, and challenge government policies and practices that undermine or deny immigrants’ ability to effectuate their existing legal rights.


The internships require an 8-10 week commitment with a preferred start date of January 15, 2016. The internships are part-time with weekly hours that are negotiable. The number of interns accepted varies.


Interns will work under the direct supervision of the Project’s office manager and paralegals and will have the opportunity to work with the attorneys and staff of the Immigrants’ Rights Project on a range of significant issues and projects.  The work will include:

  • Conducting factual research.
  • Developing web-based informational updates.
  • Providing assistance to the department.
  • Handling written and telephonic inquiries from people seeking legal assistance.
  • Assisting in the maintenance of case files and compiling of press files.
  • Tracking current legislation related to immigration.
  • Other projects as assigned.


  • Commitment to civil liberties and immigrants’ rights.
  • Strong interest in social justice and legal issues.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly web-based research and facility with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • Ability to perform administrative tasks as well as research and writing.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


The ACLU seeks a diverse pool of applicants.

  • Candidates from non-traditional educational background and community colleges are encouraged to apply.
  • Send a cover letter, resume, and a short (less than five pages) to hrjobsIRP@aclu.org.
  • All materials should be sent in PDF format.

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 reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU 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, and veteran status.  The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCL@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed.  Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

If there are any questions, please contact ebroccoli@jjay.cuny.edu or the ACLU at HRJobsINCL@aclu.org


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