Winter/Spring 2024 Intern, Analytics Engineering
UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
The Analytics Engineering Pod on the Analytics Team within the Technology Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York, NY seeks applicants for its Winter/Spring 2024 Undergraduate or Graduate Internship.
ACLU Analytics partners with teams across the organization to enable the ACLU to make smart, evidence-based decisions and bring quantitative insights on our issues to the courtroom and the public. Our team’s work ranges from social science research for litigation & advocacy, to analysis & reporting for fundraising and engagement, to building and maintaining our data infrastructure. We strive to ensure the ACLU leads by example in the ethical use of data and technology. This includes maintaining our privacy and security standards, pushing for transparent data practices from government and corporate actors, and helping to steward high standards for algorithmic fairness, accountability, and transparency.
The ACLU Analytics team is composed of four pods – Analytics Engineering, Fundraising & Engagement, Legal & Quantitative Research, and Affiliates & Advocacy.
The Analytics Engineering pod maintains a centralized Redshift data warehouse to enable supporter outreach and engagement. You will get the opportunity to work with our membership/donation data, polling/surveys, voter files, web, and other data. We also provide engineering infrastructure support for litigation and advocacy efforts at ACLU National and our 53 affiliates nationwide.
Our interns will support the Analytics team’s data infrastructure. Potential projects include: building process improvements to data pipelines, automating manual data quality processes, exploring new tools to add to our analytics engineering stack, and automating web scraping for civil liberties cases.
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Analytics team on the following:
- Helping to build analytical tools, such as automated data pipelines that feed dashboards for internal partners
- Collecting, cleaning, and joining datasets from diverse sources, including data scraped from public websites
- Presenting work internally and to stakeholders on other teams
- Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
- Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
- Demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the ACLU
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
- Demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
The internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a quantitative field (e.g., Statistics, Econometrics, Economics, Data Science, Mathematics, Computer Science) or with significant quantitative coursework (e.g., Statistics, Epidemiology, Computer Programming). Interns should possess the following:
- Familiarity with Python, R, SQL, or similar analytics and programming language
- Familiarity with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Excellent organizational and communication skills
- Experience with data collection and cleaning a plus
- Experience with dbt a plus
- Experience with web scraping (e.g. Selenium, BeautifulSoup. ScraPy) a plus
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflict
- A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
- Location: Our internship program offers a limited number of in-person, remote, or hybrid intern positions. This internship is remote.
- Time Commitment: This internship requires a part-time commitment of 10, 15, or 20 hours hours per week.
- Internship Duration: Part-time internships 12 consecutive weeks beginning either January 16 or January 29, 2024.
- Stipend: A stipend is available for those students who do not receive course credit and are lawfully authorized to work. Students who receive outside funding are eligible for a partial stipend to bring their total funding up to the level of ACLU’s stipend amount for that term, if applicable. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit. Below is the stipend breakdown:
- $20/hour for undergraduate students or equivalent experience and $24/hour for graduate and law students or equivalent experience
Priority Application Deadline: October 23, 2023.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled, but priority review will be given to applications submitted on or before October 23, 2023.
ABOUT THE ACLU
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees. For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU 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 and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.
The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.
The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.