The Center for Constitutional Rights seeks a third- or fourth-year undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student with a strong commitment to social justice to help with several legal and advocacy-related projects as part of a semester-long unpaid internship or externship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit organization that works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through creative litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, we have taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach, to advance and protect constitutional and human rights.
CCR's International Human Rights (IHR) work is focused on holding government officials and corporations accountable for serious violations of international law, primarily under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, the U.S. Constitution, and the principle of universal jurisdiction. We work primarily in U.S. courts, but are also involved in litigation in foreign and international courts, and advocacy using regional or international human rights mechanisms.
The intern will work 10-20 hours per week between January and May 2019, assisting CCR staff members with on-going projects and on case development.
The intern will have the opportunity to work on a range of issues and cases, particularly related to corporate accountability, torture, detention, suppression of dissent, and anti-militarism. Some of our cases include: a challenge to abuse by private military contractors at Abu Ghraib; defense of activists advocating for Palestinian human rights; advocacy and litigation in foreign jurisdictions and international bodies in support of accountability and reparations for U.S. militarism in Iraq and Afghanistan; and FOIA litigation seeking information about the Muslim Ban waiver process and U.S. militarism in Central and West Africa.
Responsibilities include: assisting in factual research, review, and writing; reviewing and indexing documents, especially those released by government agencies in FOIA requests or through litigation; performing literature and press reviews, identifying vendors and experts, and gathering information as part of outreach strategy; and general administrative tasks.
Spanish, Arabic, or other non-English language skills; graphic design, social media, and other communications skills; and experience in a legal environment are a plus. Previous experience working in a non-profit, social justice organization is preferred, as well as an interest in international human rights. The ideal candidate is organized and detail-oriented, is able to manage multiple tasks and priorities efficiently, works well in a team, and is proficient in Microsoft Office suite and internet research. Candidates should also demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to social justice, organizing, and/or social movements.
The position is unpaid, but the Center for Constitutional Rights will reimburse MetroCard fare to and from the internship, as well as a portion of other local travel (e.g. LIRR or NJ Transit). CCR also works with student interns to secure academic credit for internships from their schools when available.
Qualified candidates should prepare a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references (note: reference letters are not required) as one PDF document (including your name in the document title) prior to applying via the web form at http://www.ccrjustice.org/internship-applications-program. Your cover letter should include your availability over the term. Please note any program deadlines clearly in your application. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and strong consideration will be given to early applicants. CCR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively recruits people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming people. Please note that this internship is not for law students or law school graduates. No phone calls please.