Don’t know what you’re doing next summer?
The ACLU of Southern California is accepting applications from law students interested in national security and immigrant rights litigation for its 2010 summer internship.
The ACLU office has nine lawyers total and brings in 15 to 20 interns each summer for a variety of cases.
Right now, attorney Ahilan Arulanantham, who directs the national security and immigrant rights projects, is looking for four to five candidates. He has a preference for second-years, but says he routinely hires first-years. Interns work closely with lawyers on cases.
“We’re relatively resource-poor; the people here tend to be the primary attorney in charge of a case,” he said. “The interns work directly with somebody who plays a big role in it.”
Last summer, for instance, an intern joined in on settlement negotiations with the government in a federal litigation challenging the conditions at an immigration detention center. Another intern, who was fluent in Farsi, worked on a criminal terrorism case, Arulanantham said.
Interns can be paid a modest stipend of up to $800, though Arulanantham says ACLU has only offered pay when a student had no other source of funding. Now, he said, most students get funding through their law school public interest programs.
Petra is a Cal Law reporter.