***Note: We are reassessing our internship program for summer and fall 2020 to ensure we can provide a safe, productive internship experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The description below is subject to change, and we may not be able to provide early commitments to individuals wishing to be considered for our limited internship spots.***
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking for Policy and Organizing Interns, who will support the organization’s public policy, legislative and community organizing efforts to advance civil liberties for all people in Alaska. Policy and Organizing Interns will report to the Policy Director and work closely with other members of the ACLU team. Recent interns have led such projects as coordinating the ACLU of Alaska’s participation in Pride events statewide, doing research and drafting position papers on active criminal justice legislation, and conducting statewide stakeholder outreach on women’s rights issues. This internship requires a commitment of at least 10 hours per week during the school year, or 20 hours per week during the summer.
The ACLU of Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation’s oldest and largest protector of the Bill of Rights. We are Alaska’s premier civil rights and civil liberties advocate, and are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that integrates litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, communications with the media and our members, and coalition building and grassroots organizing to defend and expand Alaskans’ constitutional rights and individual freedoms. As part of the ACLU’s 100th anniversary in 2020, and in the wake of the Trump administration’s daily assaults on civil liberties, the ACLU of Alaska is embarking on its most ambitious advocacy yet, which includes eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, dramatically reforming the criminal justice system, paring back the national security state and strengthening the right to privacy, ensuring that all Americans can freely and easily vote, and defeating perennial attempts to restrict women’s right to safe and legal abortions.
Anchorage consistently ranks as one of America’s top 10 cities: with 300,000 residents, it has typical big-city amenities of diverse restaurants, cultural attractions, good schools, and a major international airport with regular flights to Seattle (just 3½ hours away) and the rest of the Lower 48 plus summer flights to Asia and Europe. Surrounded by mountains and water, Anchorage offers hiking, boating, fishing, and skiing, and one can see moose, bears, eagles, and whales in town. With almost 20 hours of daily summer sunlight and winter’s northern lights, Anchorage offers the best of everything in the only state without any sales or personal income tax.
Job Description and Responsibilities
- Help research and provide written summaries of key policy issues, including monitoring relevant media;
- Prepare policy and advocacy materials for distribution during meetings, briefings and events;
- Draft background briefings for meetings and events;
- Track engagement with elected officials, coalition partners and other stakeholder groups;
- Coordinate meetings, correspondence and other administrative tasks;
- Support ACLU outreach and educational activities at public events and forums, including tasks related to follow-up with attendees;
- Work with ACLU staff to execute large and effective community actions (community forums, rallies, trainings, engagement with elected officials, etc.);
- Help manage volunteer database; and
- Other tasks as assigned.
- Interest, experience and/or relevant coursework in public policy and social justice advocacy, preferably on issues that fall within the ACLU’s strategic priorities;
- Must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an undergraduate or graduate program;
- Solid writing, editing and research skills with keen attention to detail;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including comfort with speaking on the phone;
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills, with ability to manage multiple tasks, problem-solve and prioritize with sound judgment, flexibility, determination, and good humor in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment;
- Ambitious, creative, and results-oriented, with a desire to learn, pitch in, and anticipate new projects;
- Fluency with computers and Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel. Experience with database programs, social media, and working knowledge and experience with VAN desirable;
- Commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance; and
- An absolute commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards; discretion and an absolute commitment to maintain the confidentiality of all ACLU matters.
This is an unpaid internship that may be eligible for college and/or community service credit.
Please email PDFs of your letter of interest, résumé and a writing sample of no more than 3 pages to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Policy & Organizing Intern.” Please state in your letter of interest how you learned of this position.
For Summer 2020: Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2020 and will be reviewed as they are received.
For Fall 2020: Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2020 and will be reviewed as they are received.
The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.