Public Policy and Advocacy

Deadline date

11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on July, 15th 2020

Position Overview

The Legislative and Policy Intern works in the ACLU of Connecticut’s Public Policy and Advocacy Department. The Legislative and Policy Intern is responsible for working under the direct supervision of the Policy Counsel to support legislative and advocacy channels in advancing the ACLU-CT’s broad civil liberties agenda. The Legislative and Policy Intern will primarily support state legislative and executive branch advocacy but may also support engagement with administrative agencies and local government bodies. The Legislative and Policy Intern works in collaboration with other members of the Public Policy and Advocacy Department and staff across the organization. The person assuming this position should be able to get to our office in Hartford, Connecticut, at least one day per week.

Primary Responsibilities

  • At the direction of the Policy Counsel, conduct legal and policy research and analysis to inform and support the ACLU-CT’s broad agenda.
  • At the direction of the Policy Counsel, assist in preparing a wide variety of written materials, including bill proposals, policy reports, white papers, fact sheets, issue briefs, toolkits, op-eds, and website updates;
  • Assist in researching and drafting fact-based analysis and resources for elected officials, agencies, and advocacy partners.
  • Support off-session legislative activity, including municipal advocacy, policy-related workgroups and coalitions, reviewing policy developments from around the country, and monitoring electoral cycles and campaigns;
  • Work in partnership with activists, community groups, and other advocacy-oriented organizations, at the direction of Public Policy and Advocacy Department staff; and
  • With direction from Public Policy and Advocacy Department staff, support efforts led by persons and communities directly impacted by injustice.

Preferred Qualifications

While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, a successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:

  • This internship is open to graduate and law students currently attending an institution in Connecticut, with a preference for students whose studies focus in law, justice, public policy, social work, or a related field.
  • In recognition of the importance of a diversity of experiences to meaningful policy solutions, candidates who are first-generation college students, who are impacted by the criminal-legal system or come from families that are impacted by the criminal-legal system, or who are otherwise impacted by systems of oppression are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Interest in civil liberties and civil rights issues and a willingness to explore the ACLU-CT’s values, mission, and goals.
  • A commitment to diversity that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction, coupled with tactful and sensitive communications to all people, regardless of differences.
  • Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast- paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.

Compensation and Term

  • The Legislative and Policy Internship will begin in September 2020 and run through May 2021, with breaks during state holidays and school vacation periods.
  • The Legislative and Policy Intern will be compensated at $22.25 per hour, with a maximum pay of $6,000 for the term of the internship.
  • The Legislative and Policy Intern will be expected to work approximately 12 hours per week.

Application Procedure

  • To apply, please send your resume and a brief cover letter to detailing your interest and suitability for the position. The application deadline for the Legislative & Policy Internship opportunity is Wednesday, July 15, 2020; no applications will be reviewed before this deadline, and we will not accept applications after this date.