ABOUT THE ACLU AND THE SOUTHERN COLLECTIVE
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees. For over 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 LGBTQ+ community, advancing racial justice, 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 and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With nearly two 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, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction.
In 2019, the ACLU launched the Southern Collective, a collaborative project of the national office and the ACLU affiliates of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Collective works to address the challenges in the South that are rooted in its unique history of racial oppression and violence and equally remarkable history of civil rights struggles and victories. It focuses on advancing high-impact, collaborative initiatives across the region in order to pave the way for racial justice nationwide.
For over 50 years, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) has sought to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community; to instill in the Black law student a greater commitment to the needs of the Black community; and to influence the legal community by bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community.
ABOUT THE ACLU-NBLSA SOUTHERN LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The ACLU has partnered with NBLSA to deepen the bench of talented, passionate, and committed civil rights and social justice attorneys in the South. The Southern Legal Internship Program (SLIP) will place legal interns at ACLU affiliates in each of the 12 states in the ACLU's Southern Collective. SLIP interns will contribute to crucial legal, policy, and organizing campaigns in the issue areas that most affect Black and Brown communities in the region, including voting rights, educational equity, gender justice, and criminal legal reform.
For more information about the priority areas and campaigns at ACLU affiliates in the Southern Collective, please visit their websites:
Time Commitment: Full-time (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks in Summer 2024 (likely beginning June 3 or June 10, 2024)
Location: One SLIP intern will be placed at each of the ACLU Southern Collective affiliates. Until further notice, it is expected that SLIP interns will report for in-person work (likely on a hybrid basis with some amount of remote and in-person work) at affiliate offices alongside ACLU employees. Each affiliate sets its own policies regarding any mandatory in-person work requirements.
Orientation: Before the internship begins, SLIP interns will participate in an orientation with their cohort and staff from ACLU National and Southern Collective offices. The date and format of the orientation (including whether it will be held virtually or in person) are TBD. Travel to and from the orientation, as well as lodging, will be provided by the ACLU.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Legal, policy, and administrative/regulatory research
Drafting legal documents
Drafting public-facing documents, e.g. know-your-rights documents or awareness-raising materials
Participating in client intake
Other projects as assigned based on affiliate placement
Current law student at the time of application
Member of the National Black Law Student Association
Note that membership in a regional chapter of NBLSA, such as the Mid-Atlantic or Southern Region, is different than membership in NBLSA. If you are a member of the former but not the latter, you can register at this link: https://nationalblsa.wildapricot.org/join-us
Strong research and writing skills
Highly organized with strong attention to detail
Proficiency with Microsoft programs, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, and take ownership of projects and assignments
Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills and ability to be a team player
Commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
Please note that specific expectations will vary based on affiliate placement.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, use this link to submit: (1) a cover letter (1 page maximum), (2) a résumé, and (3) a writing sample (10 pages maximum) through the Greenhouse application link in this post. You will also indicate the ACLU affiliates to which you want to apply.
Application Requirement: Please label each of your materials with your full name when you upload them (ex. First Name Last Name - Resume)
PRIORITY deadline*: Sunday, October 15, 2023
FINAL deadline: Sunday, November 12, 2023
* We strongly encourage you to apply by the priority deadline.
If you have questions or want more information about SLIP, please email SLIPinfo@aclu.org