|Employer||American Civil Liberties Union|
|Deadline||11. October 2020|
|Level||Entry-level (0-2 years experience required)|
LOCATION: Baltimore, MD (work will be done remotely)
DEPARTMENT: Communications (Communications Internship Program)
DEADLINE DATE: The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. (For Communications Students)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks communications students passionate about race equity, civil rights and civil liberties for a fall internship. The ACLU-MD is a private, nonprofit organization that defends the civil rights and civil liberties of Marylanders through litigation, policy advocacy, community engagement and strategic communications. The office is collegial; the work is challenging, varied and rewarding. Among ACLU affiliates, the ACLU of Maryland is known for its commitment to racial justice and combating structural inequality. For three decades, our staff has been in the forefront of this struggle in Maryland – challenging systemic racial segregation in housing in metropolitan Baltimore, working to advance equity in public education, and using litigation to disrupt patterns of racial discrimination in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
The ACLU-MD takes great pride in having an extraordinarily broad agenda among ACLU affiliates. Beyond the defense of First Amendment rights for which the ACLU is best known, racial justice is a top priority for our affiliate, including expanding First Amendment protections to people and groups who have not enjoyed equal free speech rights in the past. Currently, the ACLU-MD is working on cutting-edge projects addressing police abuse, securing immigrants’ rights, reforming parole policies and practices, and challenging government surveillance. In addition, our current docket comprises cases in almost every area of constitutional and civil rights law, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, discrimination, privacy, police misconduct, the right to vote, due process, LGBTQ+ rights, the rights of incarcerated Marylanders, and access to public records.
The ACLU-MD has a staff of 25 full-time employees, including a communications program of four. Fall Interns participate in all aspects of the ACLU’s communications program.
Under the supervisor of the Digital Communications Strategist, the Multi-Media Production Intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Communications team and learning the ins and outs of video, podcast production, and storytelling from a nonprofit perspective. The internship is designed so the ideal candidate will learn all facets of video and podcast pre-production/postproduction as well as how to develop persuasive communications through sharing stories that ultimately drive social change. Interns may also gain exposure and have the opportunity to meet with legislators, elected officials, community leaders, national and local activities and ACLU clients. Upon completion of the internship program the candidate will leave having learned best practices in strategic communications and multimedia productions, how to keep abreast of trends and will have generated a portfolio of showcase their work with the ACLU-MD.
- Editing experience in Adobe Premiere Pro required.
- Editing experience in Adobe Audition preferred.
- Knowledge of a how to use video conferencing programs like Zoom or Google Chat.
- Must be a student actively enrolled in a community college, undergraduate or graduate course of study with a major in some aspect of Communications.
- Excellent research, writing skills, and communications skills.
- Attentive to detail and have good project organizations skills (file structures, naming, communications, etc.).
- Effective at managing simultaneous projects and tasks.
- Comfortable working with clients and communities from a wide range of identities and experiences.
- A demonstrated commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis. Experience centering race equity in all aspects of policy advocacy. Knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances.
Compensation & Benefits:
The ACLU of Maryland offers paid internships in exchange for a commitment to work the minimum hours for the entire semester. If the student chooses to get school credit and the school prohibits the student from accepting pay, it is the student’s choice whether they want to get credit or receive monetary payment.
Salary ranges between $17.00 per hour and $20.00 per hour and is contingent upon related education/experience. This is position is non-exempt and eligible for overtime compensation under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The position also includes excellent benefits: three weeks paid vacation at time of hire (increasing to four weeks after two years); 12 paid office holidays; 12 paid sick days, telework and flex-time, generous medical insurance including two health, dental and vision insurance options for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; flexible spending accounts employee assistance plan; free on-site parking, additional commuter benefits with access to commuter rail station. Direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties and civil rights work. This is a position is in not the bargaining unit represented by OPEIU Local 2 and is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act
The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, a video and/or audio work samples at this website Here: https://aclumaryland.applytojob.com/apply/D3xOMhlenV/MultimediaProduction-Intern-Fall-2020
In the cover letter, please provide details about when you are available to start and end, and how many days or hours per week you can intern in our Baltimore office during the semester. Fall interns are expected to work at least 12 hours per week for the semester. For alternate methods to apply please email Amber Taylor, Digital Communications Strategist at firstname.lastname@example.org. We discourage applicants from applying through third party websites. Early applications are strongly encouraged. It will not be possible for us to respond to telephone or email inquiries.
About the ACLU of Maryland:
The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our work and on our teams. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran, or formerly incarcerated person status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations via HR@aclu-md.org.
The ACLU of Maryland is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. We are an affiliate of the national ACLU, a key defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. Among ACLU affiliates, the ACLU of Maryland is known for its commitment to racial justice and combating structural inequality. For three decades, our staff has been in the forefront of the struggle for racial justice in Maryland – challenging systemic residential racial segregation, especially in affordable housing; working to advance equity in public education; and using litigation to disrupt patterns of racial discrimination in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.Apply now