Location

Jackson

Department

Advocacy

Deadline date

November 19, 2021

The ACLU of Mississippi works to combat voter suppression, advance pro-voter reforms, broaden access to the political process, and ensure fair political representation of marginalized communities and communities of color.  Our methods include legislative and policy advocacy, litigation, community organizing and media and communications. 

The ACLU of Mississippi is dedicated to promoting, defending, and extending civil liberties to all Mississippians with emphasis on issues related to criminal justice reform, educational opportunities, equal access/equality for all, voter rights, and governmental transparency and accountability. We accomplish our mission through legislation, litigation, and advocacy.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

Time Commitment: The Legislative internship requires a commitment of 20 hours per week.

Internship Duration: Part-time internships are a 12-week period. Spring interns are expected to start January 10 or January 17, 2022.

Spring:  January/February/March/April

Spring Stipend: A stipend of $3,600 is available for undergraduate students, $4,800 for graduate students. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns will gain valuable experience by working with the team on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Working closely with the Deputy Director and Policy Counsel to conduct policy analysis of criminal justice legislation.
  • Developing programming with the Deputy Director, Policy Counsel and Communications Director throughout the internship, which will include social media campaigns, panel discussions and production of short educational video for social media.
  • Working with criminal justice stakeholders, lobbying legislators, and attending meeting on criminal legal system issues.
  • Researching and writing about criminal justice and presenting information on these topics.
  • Organize special event during the legislative session.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

The internship is open to undergraduate students who will have completed at least 30 hours undergraduate studies before the internship commences or graduate students. Interns should possess the following:

  • Strong commitment to changing the criminal legal system to center fair treatment and improved outcomes for incarcerated and returning individuals.
  • Has excellent problem-solving skills and a strong sense of ownership over tasks, including follow-through, and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Strong commitment to racial justice and fighting racism in the criminal legal system.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage workflow accordingly.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and maintain flexible schedule as necessary.
  • Adherence to CDC and ACLU-MS COVID-19 protocols at all times.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a resume and brief statement (no more than 350 words) on why you are interested in the position to ANetterville@aclu-ms.org with the subject line: Legislative Intern.