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 paid remote internship or externship opportunity. The Center for Constitutional Rights 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.
The intern will spend 12-20 hours per week between September and December 2021 assisting Center for Constitutional Rights staff members with on-going projects and on case development. This position will be completed remotely. Please note that this position is not appropriate for law students; please see here for our law student internship opportunities.
The intern will have the opportunity to work with Center for Constitutional Rights staff on a range of projects. Our work includes issues related to policing; prisoners’ rights; immigration; racial justice; Indigenous rights; environmental justice; LGBTQIA+ rights; corporate accountability; torture; detention; suppression of dissent; anti-militarism; international solidarity; violations under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and universal jurisdiction; and national security issues. For background on our work, see our issue areas: Abusive Immigration Practices; Corporate Human Rights Abuses; Criminalizing Dissent; Discriminatory Policing; Drone Killings; Government Surveillance; Guantanamo; LGBTQI Persecution; Mass Incarceration; Muslim Profiling; Palestinian Solidarity; Racial Injustice; Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; and Torture, War Crimes, & Militarism.
Responsibilities include: assisting in factual, legislative, and archival research, review, and summary writing; reviewing and indexing document productions; performing literature and press reviews, identifying vendors and experts, and gathering information as part of outreach strategy; assisting in writing reports and engaging in advocacy; assisting in correspondence with clients and partners; and general administrative tasks. The intern will also have the opportunity to attend internal and public trainings and events.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in social justice and legal issues; strong research, writing, and communications skills; and organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities efficiently, and experience working in teams. Some experience working with issues of social justice and civil and/or human rights is preferred. Experience with community organizing and policy advocacy, media experience, non-English language skills, and prior legal or non-profit experience are a plus. Candidates should also demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to social justice, organizing, and/or social movements.
Selected student interns are encouraged to seek external funding. If interns are unable to secure funding, they are eligible to receive pro-rated funding based on hours worked and degree pursued at a range of $2,200 to $7,500. The Center for Constitutional Rights also works with student interns to secure academic credit for internships/externships from their schools when available.
Qualified candidates should prepare a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample as one PDF document, with your name in the document title, prior to applying via this web form. Please note that reference letters are not requested. Your cover letter should include your availability over the term and the particular project areas you are interested in, as well as your relevant experience and why you are interested in working with the Center for Constitutional Rights. 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. The Center for Constitutional Rights 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.