ACLU Summer Communications Internhips

Founded in 1935, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa (ACLU of Iowa), is the nation’s fifth-oldest state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU of Iowa invites applications for communications internships in Des Moines, Iowa for the Summer 2013 Semester.

OVERVIEW
The ACLU of Iowa is a non-profit membership organization that promotes and defends the values reflected in the Bill of Rights and Article I of the Iowa Constitution through public advocacy and outreach, lobbying, and litigation. Our cases generally involve a legally or culturally significant challenge to governmental actions, practices, laws or polices restricting individual rights. Often, our cases involve free speech, religious freedom, equality, due process, personal privacy, and autonomy.
Given the wide-reach of the Bill of Rights, the ACLU of Iowa consistently works with a diverse range of individuals and groups, including pro-life, pro-choice, religious, public service, minority, and media groups. Most notably, the ACLU of Iowa successfully defended the free speech rights of students in the United State Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW
Interns will have the opportunity to work with the Communications Director on a range of significant issues and projects. Ideally our 2013 Summer Internship would range from 8-13 weeks. This position is part-time with weekly hours negotiable. Interns are required to obtain approval and/or funding from their school, as the internship is unpaid. Arrangements can be made for course credit, if approved by the school. Interns will be provided with free parking.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working on a variety of communications and outreach efforts. They will potentially learn to assist on all aspects of communications, outreach, and public education, as well as other projects as assigned.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This Internship is open to all current students who have completed at least one year of college and possess the following:
– Excellent writing skills
– Strong computer skills, social media skills, and strong web-based research skills
– The ability to work with a wide range of people
– The initiative to see projects through to completion
– An interest in advocating for civil liberties

HOW TO APPLY
A complete application should include a cover letter and resume. The preferred method of submission is email with the subject line specifying 2013 Summer Communications Internship. If email is unavailable, submissions via postal mail are acceptable, but please do not send application material through both media.

Attn: Internship Coordinator
ACLU of Iowa
505 5th Avenue, Suite 901
Des Moines, IA 50309

Or email: veronica.fowler@aclu-ia.org

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