student and youth internships

 

 

THE YOLANDE GREGORY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

 

Yolande "Lon" Gregory was a long-time volunteer at the ACLU-MD. Lon loved working with the ACLU staff and had a particular fondness for our student interns and young volunteers.  Our internship and young volunteer program has been named in her memory.

 

Interns benefit from a convivial and participatory environment, learning by working closely with ACLU staff.  They are crucial to our work to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Maryland.  Undergraduate interns at the ACLU-MD perform a variety of tasks depending on the requirements of their internship (we offer internships for credit only; all internships are unpaid). Interns work with our legal staff to help process requests for legal assistance by fielding phone calls, helping with general case investigation and research, and providing general office support.   Start/end dates and hours are flexible. We prefer a commitment of at least 8 hours/week for at least 10 weeks during the school year.  Summer interns are expected to work at least 2 or 3 days a week; full-time interns are preferred.

 

The ACLU-MD seeks interns with excellent research and writing skills, a commitment to public interest work, and a healthy sense of humor.  Candidates with office experience will be given preference.  We expect interns to be comfortable communicating with clients from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds with a wide range of needs.  

 

TO APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP

 

Interested applicants should send a resume, short writing sample (1-2 pages) and a cover letter explaining why you want to intern with the ACLU-MD and what sort of time commitment you can offer.  It should highlight what you can offer the ACLU and let us know whether there are any issues you are particularly interested in. 

 

Recommended application deadlines: Fall (Sept. 15); Spring (Dec. 1); Summer (Apr. 1).  Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and we accept applications until positions are filled, but positions are competitive.  Send all materials to our Volunteer Coordinator.