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Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Bakersfield

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Advocacy

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Rolling

ACLU SoCal Advocacy Internships, Externships, & Volunteer Opportunities

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) is currently accepting applications for interns, externs, and volunteers to work in our Los Angeles, Orange County (Santa Ana), and Inland Empire (San Bernardino) offices. We are accepting internship applications from students at all academic levels, including high school students, undergraduates, law students, social work students, and other graduate students. We are also accepting applications for volunteers who are not currently enrolled in an academic program. People of color, women, people with disabilities, people over 55, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex are encouraged to apply. Please review the application instructions carefully.

About ACLU SoCal

The ACLU of Southern California comprises two organizations: The ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California (collectively "ACLU SoCal"). Founded in 1923, ACLU SoCal has been at the forefront of numerous major efforts for civil liberties, civil rights, and equal justice in California. ACLU SoCal tackles a vast array of issues, including criminal justice, First Amendment, gender equity, reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, police practices, education equity, jails reform, and economic justice. ACLU SoCal has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

ACLU of Southern California is committed to developing a culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve. The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer that does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic information. ACLU SoCal does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.

The ACLU SoCal is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail akim@aclusocal.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Internship/Externship Information

Interns will be assigned to a specific project/subject area. Please review the individual project group postings below for a more detailed description of their work and specific intern/volunteer needs.

ACLU SoCal is currently unable to pay stipends for interns or volunteers. Applicants are encouraged to apply for Public Interest Law Foundation grants or other grants and to investigate work-study options as alternative sources of compensation. The ACLU SoCal can serve as a work study host and will support students' applications for funding with supporting materials and documentation.

Summer Interns

We ask that students commit to no fewer than eight weeks and prefer ten-week commitments or longer (although exceptions may be made in certain circumstances). The office is open five days a week and successful applicants will work eight-hour days (with some occasional longer days depending on the project deadlines).

ACLU SoCal endeavors to make our summer internships as rewarding as possible. Each year, ACLU SoCal hosts eight to ten Brown Bag presentations that are open to interns from all local non-profits. Past guests include Ninth Circuit Judges the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt and the Honorable Alex Kozinski as well as UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, who presented a Supreme Court Roundup. ACLU attorneys and advocates also host internal trainings for all interns on topics such as applying for clerkships, applying for fellowships, and interviewing clients to draft declarations. Although we have limited resources, our interns are invited to several social events as well.

Fall/Spring Interns

ACLU SoCal welcomes interns/externs in both the fall and spring semesters. The number hired varies depending upon the needs of staff. Students should be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours each week during the semester (some of which occasionally may be performed out of the office).

Volunteers

ACLU SoCal also frequently accepts non-student volunteers who are both attorneys and non-attorneys. Volunteers should be able to commit to working at least 15 hours a week over eight weeks, in or out of the office, or the hourly equivalent over a shorter period of weeks. In addition to the information listed in the following section, please state in your application your intended hourly commitment and duration of volunteer service. Please understand that the nature of the work we do may not allow us to engage all who may be interested in contributing time. Please follow all application procedures described below. In addition, please include a list of references.

People who seek to volunteer less time can explore other available opportunities on our website.

Application Procedures:

All applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript (for current students) via email (internship@aclusocal.org) or U.S. mail (email is strongly preferred). In your subject line, please include the following information in square brackets, listed in order of preference: (1) your preferred subject area(s); (2) your geographic preference(s); and (3) the term for which you are applying. For example, "Subject: [First Am/Immigration] [OC/IE/LA] [Summer 2020]" or "Subject: [Jails] [LA/OC/IE] [Fall 2020]." We encourage applicants to indicate no more than one subject area preference, but you may also list more than one or "[General]" as your preferred subject areas if you do not have a particular interest.

We are more likely to hire candidates with geographic flexibility. We cannot guarantee applicants' preferences and we may offer you a position outside of your areas of interest or geographic preference depending on our needs.

We accept summer applications beginning September 1, or as soon as your school's rules allow. We make hiring decisions on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, we may be unable to answer each applicant personally or return submitted materials.

We accept Fall/Spring applications throughout the year.

Emailed (internship@aclusocal.org) applications are strongly preferred. However, items can be mailed to:

Internship Coordinator
ACLU Foundation of Southern California
1313 West Eighth St., Suite 200
Los Angeles, California 90017

 

 


Criminal Justice

The ACLU SoCal is currently accepting applications for interns who are interested in working on criminal justice issues.

Our office works closely with community partners to conduct impactful advocacy and litigation on a number of criminal justice issues in California.

We, through the affiliate's Jails Project (please see Jails Project's posting for more information), recently achieved a historic settlement in Rosas v. Baca, a federal class action lawsuit that alleged former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and his command staff condoned a long-standing and widespread pattern of violence by deputies against inmates in the jails. Under the settlement, the Sheriff's Department adopted a plan that includes implementation of robust policies to prevent abuse of inmates with mental illness, enhancement in training in use of force for all veteran deputies and new hires, as well as radically enhanced methods for tracking and review of use of force incidents and inmates' complaints and grievances. In another lawsuit, McKibben v. McMahon, we challenged the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's disparate treatment of gay, bisexual, and transgender inmates housed in the West Valley Detention Center's "Alternative Lifestyle Tank," where they are denied equal time out of cell and access to religious, educational, rehabilitative, and vocational programming and are regularly subject to harassment by deputies and custody specialists.

Beyond our litigation, we are actively involved in community engagement and policy advocacy at the local and state level on a broad array of criminal justice issues. We played an integral role in passing Proposition 47, which reclassified six drug and property felonies to misdemeanors and redirected state savings into treatment and prevention. We have since focused on protecting the win from legislation that would erode Prop 47 and on monitoring local implementation. Over multiple years, we've led Local Elections Campaigns, where we provide voter and candidate education opportunities in target counties relating to the District Attorney and Sheriff races. Other community engagement and policy advocacy priorities include civil asset forfeiture reform; alternatives to incarceration, including bail reform and mental health diversion; and jails conditions.

Our legal interns will have an opportunity to conduct legal research, drafting, and analysis for our ongoing litigation and policy projects. Legal interns also will assist in public education, community engagement, advocacy, legislation, and monitoring efforts.

Our policy advocate interns will have the opportunity to work on active campaigns, develop public education materials, give know your rights presentations to community members, attend coalition meetings, conduct research, drafting, and data analysis for policy letters and reports and assist in public education, community engagement, advocacy, legislation, and monitoring efforts.

For more information on opportunities to intern in the Jails Project, please see the Jails Project posting below.

Undergrads, law school students, students in other academic programs, and non-students are encouraged to apply. We are seeking interns for our Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire offices year round.

 

 


Economic Justice

ACLU SoCal is currently accepting applications for interns who are interested in working on economic justice issues. Our economic justice work falls in three main areas: challenging the criminalization of poverty; expanding access to basic human needs like housing and healthcare, with a particular focus on protecting the rights of the homeless; and advancing affirmative legal rights to basic human needs. Our office has been at the forefront of litigation and advocacy on a growing number of economic justice issues in California.

For example, in Victor Valley Family Resource Center v. City of Hesperia, we challenged the City of Hesperia's attempts to unlawfully restrict housing and support services for individuals with criminal records in violation of state law and the federal constitution.

In Glover v. City of Laguna Beach, we challenged Laguna Beach's criminalization and harassment of homeless persons, as well as its lack of resources for the homeless, as violating the ADA, the Eighth Amendment and due process.

In Santiago v. Los Angeles, we challenged the LAPD's policy and practice of seizing and destroying street vendors' property as violating the Fourth Amendment and due process.

In addition to this ongoing litigation, our office is actively engaged in community engagement and policy advocacy at the local and state level on a broad array of economic justice issues, including: campaigns to raise/restore revenues to fund basic human needs services; repeal court and criminal administrative fines and fees; reform excessive debt-collection policies that further keep people experiencing poverty poor; advance the right to healthcare and housing; expand rights to paid sick days and family leave; and increase access to affordable housing.

Our legal interns will have an opportunity to conduct legal research, drafting, and analysis for our ongoing litigation and policy projects. Legal interns also will assist in public education, community engagement, advocacy, legislation, and monitoring efforts.

Our non-legal interns will have the opportunity to work on active campaigns, develop public education materials, give know your rights presentations to community members, attend coalition meetings, and perform drafting and data analysis for our reports.

Undergrads, law school students, and students in other academic programs are encouraged to apply. We are seeking interns for our Orange County, Inland Empire and Los Angeles offices for the summer, fall, and spring academic terms.

 

 


Education, Student Rights & Juvenile Justice

The ACLU SoCal is currently accepting applications for interns who are interested in working on education, student rights, and juvenile justice issues.

Our office has been at the forefront of litigation and advocacy on a number of education and student rights issues in California.

For example, in Reed v. State of California, we filed a class action lawsuit against the State of California and Los Angeles Unified School District to enjoin budget-based layoffs at three Los Angeles middle schools because they denied students their fundamental right under the California constitution to equal educational opportunity.

In DJ v. State of California, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of parents, students, and a former administrator against the State of California for its failure to respond to reports that school districts did not provide essential language instruction to English learner students.

Most recently, in Cruz v. State of California, we filed a class action lawsuit against the State of California for failing to address the factors that reduce actual student learning time, denying students at low-income schools an equal education.

Beyond our litigation, we are also actively involved in community advocacy and legislative efforts to shape education policy. For example, we currently are a leader in overseeing the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, which is the new way school districts receive funding in California. We also are involved in a wide variety of student discipline and campus police issues, including leading a campaign to remove LAUSD's random student metal detector policy and writing reports about school policies and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Our legal interns will conduct legal research, drafting, and analysis for our ongoing litigation and policy projects. In previous years, our interns met with teachers and students to draft declarations, assisted in drafting legal briefs, and helped our attorneys prepare for depositions. Legal interns also assist in public education efforts by drafting know-your-rights materials and helping conduct presentations.

Our non-legal interns will participate in community engagement, policy advocacy, workshop development and presentation, campaign development, and coalition building. The internship will mainly focus on campaign support, issue-based projects, reports, and intakes.

Undergrads, law school students, and students in other academic programs are encouraged to apply; however, you need not be enrolled in a higher education program. We are seeking interns for both our Los Angeles and Inland Empire offices for the summer, fall, and spring academic terms.

 

 


First Amendment

The ACLU SoCal is currently accepting applications for interns who are interested in working on First Amendment and government transparency issues. We do First Amendment work on issues relating to freedom of speech, and freedom of conscience and belief and we also work on various Public Records Act issues in an effort to enable the public to learn about how the its government is working and hold it accountable. Here is a sample of our First Amendment and government transparency cases.

In Rosebrock v. Beiter, we challenged a practice by the VA in Los Angeles of allowing people to hang American flags on the perimeter fence of the VA campus, while forbidding our client to hang an American flag upside as a form of protest of the misuse of VA land.

In Davies v. County of Los Angeles, we represented a diverse group of religious leaders and educators challenging the decision by the County to add a Latin Cross to the County seal and succeeded in obtaining a permanent injunction.

In ACLU/Preven v. Los Angeles, we litigated under the California Public Records Act whether the County can withhold billing records showing how much it is paying private lawyers hired to defend the County and the Sheriff's Department in numerous suits challenging excessive force and other illegal acts by the Department. We obtained an important victory for government transparency in the California Supreme Court.

We are currently litigating People's Homeless Taskforce v. County of Orange, challenging multiple policies and practices adopted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, including the Board's prohibition on addressing individual supervisors at public meetings and its policy authorizing the immediate destruction of public records.

In addition to litigation, we attempt to protect the First Amendment and further government transparency through developing "Know Your Rights" material and attempting to resolve what we perceive to be First Amendment and other violations through advocacy short of litigation.

Our legal interns will have an opportunity to conduct legal research, drafting, and analysis for our ongoing litigation and policy projects. Legal interns may also assist in public education, community engagement, advocacy, legislation, and monitoring efforts.

Law school students interested in this work are encouraged to apply. We are seeking interns for our Los Angeles and Orange County offices for the summer, fall, and spring academic terms.

 


Immigrants' Rights

ACLU SoCal's Immigrants' Rights Project accepts applications for internships on a rolling basis. Our office has been at the forefront of litigation and advocacy on a number of immigrants' rights issues. We are currently focused on three main areas: access to counsel, immigration detention, and immigration enforcement.

Our access to counsel work focuses on ensuring that no one can be deported without legal assistance and a fair hearing. J.E.F.M. v. Holder challenges the government's failure to provide appointed counsel to pro se children facing deportation. In the landmark victory in our Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder case, the Court established basic protections for immigrants with mental disabilities, including the right to appointed counsel and the right to robust competency determination procedures. We are also actively engaged in advocacy efforts regarding public funding for immigration counsel.

Our immigration detention work ensures that detained immigrants are guaranteed their basic due process rights. Jennings v. Rodriguez challenges the government's policy of detaining immigrants for prolonged periods without providing them a bond hearing and it is currently being litigated in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Hernandez v. Lynch, we seek to require the government to consider immigrants' ability to pay a bond and non-monetary alternatives in setting conditions of release. We also regularly monitor conditions in immigration detention facilities, provide individual legal assistance where possible, and advocate to reform immigration detention.

We currently are a leader in efforts to stop the entanglement of immigration and local law enforcement. We strive to ensure that law enforcement agencies do not unlawfully engage in immigration enforcement and that all individuals have equal access to immigration benefits and are not treated in a discriminatory manner. Through a recent victory in Gonzalez v. ICE, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction blocking ICE from issuing arrest requests based solely on error-ridden electronic databases. We are also challenging the government's discriminatory practices in unlawfully delaying and denying the immigration benefit applications of many Muslim individuals, under a covert program known as CARRP. See http://www.aclusocal.org/CARRP.

Our legal interns will have an opportunity to conduct legal research, drafting, and analysis for our ongoing litigation and policy projects. Legal interns also will assist in public education, community engagement, advocacy, legislation, and monitoring efforts.

Our non-legal interns will have the opportunity to work on active campaigns, develop public education materials, assist with know your rights presentations to community members, attend coalition meetings, and perform drafting and data analysis for our reports.

Undergrads, law school students, and students in other academic programs are encouraged to apply. We are seeking interns for our Inland Empire, Los Angeles, and Orange County offices for the summer, fall, and spring academic terms. Preference for students with Spanish or other foreign language proficiency.

 

 


Jails Project

The ACLU SoCal is soliciting applications from individuals interested in working on the Jails Project. The ACLU SoCal is the court-ordered monitor of conditions of confinement and medical services within all Los Angeles County jail facilities, which is known to be the largest jail system in the nation.

"Conditions" refers to beds, change of clothing, food meals, LGBTQIA inmate classification, recreation, showers, telephones, overcrowding, indigent kits, commissary, protective custody, religious services, mail, allegations of violence and retaliation and other similar issues that may arise."

Through advocacy, public education and litigation, we work to ensure that a basic standard of care is provided to inmates. We also work to decrease our community's overreliance on mass incarceration by advocating for alternatives to incarceration and discharge planning to help reduce recidivism.

This is a great learning opportunity for any student thinking about a career in law or public service, advocating for the justice-involved community and wanting experience in providing individual assistance to inmates regarding human rights and condition issues in the LA County Jails. All, regardless of background, are welcome to apply.

The Project is broken down into two teams: Intake and Legal.

Those who are assigned to our Intake Team (typically made up of undergraduates) will spend most of their time assisting with:

  • screening written and telephone requests by inmates and family members for aid regarding conditions, medical access, mental health access, amongst others in the LA County Jails and
  • assisting the Director of Jails with sorting, analyzing and inputting responses received from the LA Sheriff's Department as a means to ensure they meet legal requirements and standards

Those who are assigned to our Legal Team (typically made up of law students) will spend most of their time:

  • speaking to inmates in the LA County Jails' attorney/visiting rooms to discuss their respective situations and
  • drafting and gathering declarations/narratives in support of acting and ongoing lawsuits and issues, such as
    • Allegations of violence
    • Medical/Mental Health Care
    • Women-specific, e.g. access to abortion
    • Properia (pro per/pro se)
    • American Disabilities Act
    • Gay/Transgender
    • Access to religious services

All students in the Legal Team will undergo an LASD background clearance process. We will need applicant's full name, date of birth and driver's license (if not CA, please indicate state). Those who speak, read and write Spanish fluently would be especially helpful, but any second language can be useful.

We are seeking interns for our Los Angeles office.

 

 


LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California's (ACLU SoCal) LGBTQ, Gender, and Reproductive Justice Project (the "Project") is currently accepting applications for interns/externs to work in our Los Angeles and San Bernardino offices.

In the area of LGBTQ rights, the Project works to protect and expand the rights of LGBTQ and non-binary individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS to be free from discrimination. Our current priorities include reducing the profiling and arrests of women, LGBTQ, and non-binary people, including working towards the decriminalization of sex work; ending unfair treatment of and increasing safety of women, LGBTQ, intersex, and non-binary people in incarceration settings; ending discrimination and promoting authentic participation by LGBTQ and non-binary people in public accommodations and housing; and promoting safe and respectful treatment of LGBTQ and non-binary youth in schools.

In the areas of Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity, our current priorities include protecting and improving abortion and contraception access; creating workplace equity for workers of all genders and family responsibilities; advancing access to reproductive health care for incarcerated women; ensuring implementation of comprehensive sex education; and ending religious exemptions that permit discrimination in healthcare and other contexts.

We accomplish our goals through impact litigation, policy advocacy, activist engagement, and community organizing to enforce existing legal protections and create new ones. Law students who work in the LGBTQ, Gender, and Reproductive Justice Project will have an opportunity to conduct legal research and policy analysis, interview potential clients, participate in coalition meetings, and support lobbying efforts. Non-legal interns will typically contribute to the development and distribution of know-your-rights resources, support community organizing and outreach efforts, research facts and context for legal and policy matters, and help process Public Records Act requests.

Undergrads, law school students, and students in other academic programs are encouraged to apply. We take interns for fall, spring and summer terms.

 

 


Police Practices and National Security

The ACLU of Southern California is currently accepting applications for legal interns interested in assisting the office's police accountability, national security, and anti-Muslim discrimination work.

This office has long been a leader in changing local and national policing practices through our policy work and litigation. We focus on police use of force, racial and religious discrimination, civilian oversight and transparency, systems for police accountability and discipline, surveillance practices, counterterrorism and border policing, and police infringement on First Amendment rights.

Over the past five years, ACLU SoCal has worked with grassroots, labor and civil rights organizations to push major legislation making California's law governing police use of deadly force among the strongest in the nation, to safeguard the public's right to know about investigations into police use of force and findings of serious misconduct, and to strengthen California's prohibition on racial profiling and require collection of detailed data on every police stop made in the state. Working with our partners, we are now working on implementing and using these laws to unearth previously secret police misconduct, to help communities analyze data on stops by their local police departments, and to ensure California police agencies adopt strong policies and training on the use of deadly force.

ACLU SoCal also uses class action litigation and test cases to effect reform in a number of areas, such as:

  • Gang Injunctions. In Vasquez v. Rackauckas, we filed a class action challenging police and prosecutors' practices in enforcing gang injunctions, winning an opinion from the Ninth Circuit holding that police and prosecutors violated class member's due process to a gang injunction based on police and prosecutors' one-sided determination they were gang members, and failed to provide them meaningful notice of the reasons for the accusation they were gang members and an opportunity to be heard on their side of the story. In Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles, we sued the City of Los Angeles for violating the requirements of Vasquez, obtaining a preliminary injunction halting the City's enforcement of gang injunctions citywide.
  • Wrongful Arrest Practices In Mitchell v. Jeffries, we successfully sued the City of Bakersfield on behalf of a young black man illegally intimidated and arrested by city police officers for asserting his constitutional right to refuse to identify himself during a police stop in which he was a passenger in a car and not suspected of any wrongdoing.
  • Right to Record In Nee v. Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, we represented three photographers detained for taking photographs in public places, in part due to training that photography could be “suspicious activity” indicative of terrorism. We won a settlement requiring policy changes that recognized and protected civilians' First Amendment right to photograph, and damages for our clients.
  • Religious Targeting:
    • In Fazaga v. FBI, we filed a federal class action law suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigations for infiltrating mainstream mosques in Southern California and targeting Muslim Americans for surveillance because of their religion.
    • In Vayeghan v. Kelly, the ACLU of Southern California successfully represented an Iranian citizen with a valid visa denied entry to the United States following implementation of President Trump's Muslim ban.
  • Public Access to Police Records.
    • In ACLU of Southern California & Electronic Frontier Foundation v. LAPD & LASD, we successfully challenged local police departments' refusal to disclose records about the use of Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) systems — sophisticated cameras mounted on squad cars and street poles that read license plates and record the time, date, and location a particular car was encountered — under the Public Records Act.
    • In Los Angeles Police Protective League v. City of Los Angeles, we intervened in a police officer association's challenge to landmark legislation on police transparency and defeated the association's attempt to limit the new law.
    • In Winston v. City of Los Angeles, we sued the Los Angeles Police Department for systematically failing to respond to public records requests, winning a settlement that required restricting of the Department's public records response systems and new policies to ensure the preservation and timely disclosure of documents.
  • Racial Profiling. In KL v. City of Glendale, we represented high school students detained in a racially targeted gang operation, winning expungement of all information related to the operation from students files, as well as policy changes at multiple agencies to prevent similar operations from recurring.
  • Police Reform. In United States v. City of Los Angeles, we intervened on behalf of community organizations in a consent decree brought by the United States Department of Justice over the Los Angeles Police Department, and advocated for robust enforcement of provisions on racial profiling, use of force, and gang policing during more than a decade the consent decree was in effect.

Beyond our litigation and legislative work, we are also actively engaged in advocacy with municipalities and law enforcement agencies on shaping policies to govern the use of new surveillance technologies, such as body-worn cameras, and on state regulations related to policing on issues including gang databases and racial profiling data collection. In Los Angeles, we are campaigning to hold Los Angeles County Sheriff Villanueva accountable to his constituents. Our legal interns will have an opportunity to conduct legal research, drafting, and analysis for our ongoing litigation and policy projects in the national security context. Legal interns also will assist in public education, community engagement, advocacy, and legislative efforts.

Our non-legal interns will have the opportunity to work on active campaigns, develop public education materials, give know-your-rights presentations to community members, attend coalition meetings, and perform drafting and data analysis for our reports.

Undergraduates, law school students, and students in other academic programs are encouraged to apply. We are seeking interns for our Los Angeles, Kern, Orange County, and Inland Empire offices for the summer, fall, and spring academic terms.

 

 


Legal Intake

The ACLU SoCal has periodic openings for Interns and Volunteers who, primarily, conduct pre-screening interviews on the telephone and review written requests for legal services. Volunteers and Interns will encounter a wide breadth of legal and social issues from potential clients who have various factual circumstances and communication styles. Interested participants will, necessarily, need to extract certain types of information in an efficient and customer-friendly manner. Relevant information must then be reduced into a stylized record of the interview or review and entered into a data bank system. Other responsibilities include learning about and making appropriate referrals to other legal and social services. Participants receive a procedures manual, hands-on training, and other support throughout the experience.

No legal advice is given through intake, but appropriate cases are referred to the ACLU SoCal's legal staff via a chain of supervisory reviews. Cases that are not within the ACLU SoCal's guidelines are referred to other nonprofit agencies and community resources for possible help.

Throughout the history of the program, many student interns have gone on to law school and other professional education experiences. Likewise, many of our retirees and other volunteers have remained with the program for many years. The experience is a great resume builder, as well as an engaging and continuous learning experience.

We are seeking interns for our Los Angeles office.


Activist Engagement

 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) Activist Engagement and Development (AED) team is currently accepting applications for interns to work in our Los Angeles office.

The AED team works to build relationships with our volunteer supporters, recruit supporters to advance organizational education and policy priorities, and create access and opportunities so people can take action to fight back against attacks on civil liberties and civil rights. We accomplish our goals through activist engagement and leadership development, skill and issue based trainings, pressure actions (i.e., canvassing, phone banking, canvassing, rallies, petitions, etc.), community outreach, and issue based campaign work.

Undergrads and students in other academic programs are encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

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