POSITION OVERVIEW

The ACLU of Kansas Policy Department is offering a paid internship for the 2023 legislative session, January 3 through May 15. Interns work directly with the ACLU of Kansas Policy Director to support the organization’s legislative agenda at the statehouse and will gain firsthand experience with the lawmaking process, including behind-the-scenes work with partners, coalitions, and lawmakers. Interns serve critical functions of the Policy Department, including tracking legislation, monitoring committee hearings, analyzing legislation and drafting bill summaries, creating outward-facing policy and data research, preparing meeting materials, and assisting with our Rapid Response volunteer program.

Interns will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week. This work can be done remotely, with opportunities for in-person experience in Topeka and shadowing of our staff.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Track legislation: Monitor bill introductions, write bill summaries, update internal tracking spreadsheet, communicate bill progress to staff
  • Research: Conduct research and write summary briefs on policy issues, providing basic legal analysis
  • Monitor: Monitor committee hearings and floor debate, take notes, and report relevant information to staff
  • Writing: Draft testimony, fact sheets, and other materials as needed
  • Administrative: Support the Policy Department’s administrative duties as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Law student, 2L and above, or graduate student with prior policy experience
  • A clear, concise writing style
  • The ability to analyze and synthesize legislation accurately
  • Ability to plan and meet deadlines
  • A strong commitment to and passion for racial justice and civil liberties issues 
  • A strong commitment to diversity- a personal approach that values the individual and respects difference of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, involvement with the criminal legal justice system, and socio-economic circumstance

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with a civil liberty and/or social justice issue-centered organization
  • Previous legislative or policy-related experience

COMPENSATION
The compensation for this position is at hourly rate of $15, with the opportunity to earn class credit. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample of no more than 2-pages via email to:

Vanessa Phipps, 
Sr. Human Resources Consultant
[email protected]

Include in the  subject line: “Legislative Intern.” In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of this posting.
 

DEADLINE

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls or in-person applications, please.  The ACLU of Kansas strongly encourages formerly incarcerated individuals to apply.

Applicants will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls or in-person applications, please. The ACLU of Kansas strongly encourages formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. 
 

ABOUT THE ACLU OF KANSAS

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the civil rights and legal freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Kansas works in the state legislature, the courts, and local communities to protect the rights of all people living in Kansas. The organization’s work includes efforts to strengthen and defend First Amendment rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, immigrants’ rights, stopping government surveillance, and reforming the criminal justice system. The ACLU of Kansas often works in broad-based coalitions made up of individuals and organizations from across the political, partisan, and ideological spectrum. The ACLU of Kansas is an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, has an annual budget of approximately $2 million, and has more than 30,000 supporters across the state. The headquarters of the ACLU of Kansas is in Overland Park, Kansas.

The ACLU of Kansas comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and the ACLU Foundation of Kansas. Both entities have the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. The ACLU Foundation of Kansas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in litigation and public education. The ACLU of Kansas is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation that primarily engages in lobbying and advocacy.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Kansas reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU of Kansas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Kansas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or former incarceration. The ACLU of Kansas undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions