Category Archives: Law

Internships at ACLU of Iowa

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is searching for spring and summer interns. The internships are unpaid, but can be taken for credit. Application deadline for spring internships is Dec. 1. See the following link for more information:


Investigative reporting workshop

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is hosting a workshop in Des Moines on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. Sessions cover such topics as computer-assisted reporting, social media and using public records. For more information and to register, see

Internships, jobs at Pew Research Center (D.C.)

The Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., offers a range of internships and full-time jobs in journalism, research, web development and data. See the link below for more information: 

Spring and summer communication internships, ACLU of Iowa

Interns will have the opportunity to work with the communications director on a range of significant issues and projects.  Ideally our internships would range from 8-13 weeks. This position is part-time with highly flexible weekly hours negotiable. Interns are encouraged to work with their schools for course credits, independent study credits, and/or funding for the internship, as it is unpaid. Interns will be provided with free parking.


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, marketing, public and media relations, outreach, and public education, as well as other projects as assigned.

We do our best to tailor our communications internships to encompass the particular interest of each intern: marketing, design, public relations, social justice, law and government, photography, video, political science, and more.


This internship welcomes applications from a variety of majors and areas of study. It 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, strong social media abilities, and a skill for  web-based research
  • 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


Please send us a complete application that includes a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample. Also feel free to include samples of other work, such as information on a web site you might have designed or worked on, design work, etc.

The preferred method of submission is email with the subject line specifying “Communications Internship.”  If email is unavailable, submissions via postal mail are acceptable, but please do not send application material through both.

For more information, see

For questions, please contact Communications Director Veronica Fowler at  515-243-3576. Contact information is:

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

Marketing internship at Ahers Law Firm (Des Moines, IA)

Summary of essential job functions:

Administer Firm Website

  • Reminders out to attorneys for new information
  • Updated bios, client alerts, speaking engagements…
  • Take photos for website
  • Packets for attorney’s when needed
  • Other projects when needed

Facilitate Meetings/Special Events

  • Reserve Facilities
  • Coordinate Catering needs
  • Create invitations
  • Track attendance and follow-up
  • Sending out press releases
  • Review and Complete Lawyer listings
  • Help with any/all office needs

Internal/External Office Marketing

  • Sending out press releases
  • Business Card ordering
  • Facilitate Blogs and Social Media as needed
  • Assist Attorneys with RFPs
  • Coordinate mailing lists
  • Holiday Card ordering and distribution
  • Inventory and ordering of marketing materials

All other duties as assigned

Prefer the person be at least Junior level and have high end computer skills and above average writing skills.
Send cover letter and resume to Include references and letters of recommendation if

Interested students should review to get a better idea of what marketing in a law firm

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Internships with the Iowa Governor’s Office (Des Moines, IA)

The Iowa Governor’s Office is proud to offer an outstanding and diverse internship program for undergraduate, graduate and law students. Governor Culver and Lt. Governor Judge are committed to providing quality opportunities for students to learn and gain valuable skills. The program is designed to meet the individual needs of students and assist the Governor’s Office in meeting the To be considered for an internship, the student must complete and return (1) attached form and (2) a resume. The Governor’s Office is unable to compensate students financially for their internship, but it will work with each intern and his/her college to assist with college credit for the experience.

Interns will garner experience at the center of state government, the opportunity to network with people from the executive and legislative branches and the chance to earn recommendations from members of the Governor’s Office. Internships are available for summer, fall or spring terms. Interns must be available to work at least 16 hours per week.

The categories of internships that are currently available are:

  • Communications internships – Communications interns will assist the Communications Department in disseminating news from the Governor’s office. Official tasks include, but are not limited to: writing press releases and advisories, organizing and briefing the Governor, Lt. Governor and First Lady for press conferences, updating and maintaining press lists, pitching press events to the media, writing special letters and tracking media coverage of policy initiatives. Communications interns should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong computer skills and a willingness to learn.
  • Policy internships – Interns will assist the Policy Department on issue tracking and policy development. Tasks that interns will assist with include: policy research and analysis, policy correspondence, outreach work with interest groups, bill tracking, issue tracking with state departments and policy development. Students applying for these internships should have a background in political science, humanities or liberal arts and a demonstrated interest in public policy. Applicants should have strong research, analytical and communication skills.
  • Outreach internships – These interns will assist in marketing the Governor’s message and policy to targeted constituencies. Tasks will include direct contact with nonprofit groups, businesses and state agencies; creation of newsletters and targeted articles; and visits with strategic outreach groups. Students applying for these internships should have an interest in public policy, communications and marketing and should have strong research, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Casework internships – Interns will assist the office caseworker with citizen inquiries. Tasks that interns will assist with include: handling casework calls and mail, computer entry and special projects. Students applying for these internships should have strong communication and people skills.
  • Administrative Office internships – Interns will assist the Correspondence Coordinator and the Judicial Appointments Coordinator, as well as assist with administrative support when needed. Tasks that interns will assist with include: copying, filing, data entry and answering the phone and mail. Students applying for these internships should have strong computer and communication skills.
  • Legal Internships – The Legal Department has two types of internships available. These internships provide students an excellent opportunity to observe the workings of state government from the center of the executive branch. (1) One intern will work primarily with the Assistant to the General Counsel in matters such as the review of clemency files (restoration of firearms rights, pardons and commutations) and responding to correspondence. Students applying for this internship should be a first-year law school student or an undergraduate with an interest in attending law school. (2) The second intern will work primarily with the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel. The intern will be assigned legal research and writing projects in a variety of areas of law, including, but not limited to, the following: administrative rules, ethics and open meetings/public records. Special projects may also be assigned. By way of example, in the past these projects have related to the environment and renewable fuels, and the governor’s emergency powers. The intern will be asked to attend various public hearings and/or public meetings and provide a written or verbal summary of the proceedings. Students applying for this internship should be enrolled in law school and possess strong legal research and writing skills and an ability to produce a high-quality work product in a short amount of time.

Individuals interested in these internships should send a resume and completed application form to:

Molly Clause
Outreach Coordinator/Volunteer Liaison
Administrative Assistant
Governor’s Office
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Fax: 515-281-6611
Phone: 515-281-0159

Application deadlines for each term:
For Fall Term 2010 (September-December)
Monday, August 16, 2010
For Spring Term 2011 (January-May)
Monday, December 6, 2010
For Summer Term 2011 (June-August)
Monday, May 2, 2011
Application and Selection Process:

Please make sure that your application is postmarked no later than the deadline date for consideration for the Governor’s Office Internship Program. Applications for the Governor’s Office Internship Program are on a rolling basis. As soon as application is received, it is reviewed. This means that candidate selection decisions are made quickly. It also may mean that the program may fill prior to the published application deadline. Consequently, we encourage you to apply as early as Candidates will be notified as to the status of their application (whether they will be invited to interview) after their submissions have been processed. After completion of candidate interviews, invitations to join the Governor’s Office Internship Program will be extended.

The Office of the Governor embraces diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or physical ability. The Office of the Governor and State of Iowa are equal opportunity employers.

The application form is also available on the Governor’s Office website at

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Fellowship Opportunity: Racial Justice Fellow

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) seeks a full-time attorney to complete a two-year Racial Justice fellowship, working out of our office in Raleigh. The Racial Justice Fellow will work on issues involving racial profiling and immigrants’ rights, employing strategies involving community outreach, public education, litigation and general legal advocacy. The ACLU-NC is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union.

Because this position will require community outreach and organizing throughout the state, applicants must have a willingness and ability to travel often and to maintain a flexible work schedule.

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