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The Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation defends the rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution by converting concern and outrage into powerful political action. BORDC/DDF strengthens participatory democracy by exercising our right to political dissent and helps build a society in which everyone is able to fully exercise their constitutional rights.
We work to ensure government accountability and transparency, to end profiling based on personal characteristics (such as race, religion, ideology or gender) by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and to protect our private information and activities from unwarranted government spying.
- We build connections across identities and ideologies to expose patterns of government repression.
- We support local coalitions challenging repression and organizing to protect constitutional rights, offering leadership, training, tools and resources to support our grassroots partners.
- We connect grassroots activist to national policy debates, following principle, not political expediency or compromise to advocate for transformative reform.
- We monitor and gather evidence of unconstitutional, illegal, unethical and undemocratic government tactics to illustrate how a variety of movements and people are targeted. We empower and give voice to grassroots activists and movements by highlighting stories of resistance.
BORDC/DDF offer several internship opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students passionate about protecting civil liberties, during the Fall, Spring, or Summer Semesters, and working from our Washington, DC office, or remotely from your college campus.
Responsibilities and Activities
BORDC/DDF is looking for intelligent and energetic undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in our mission and work. Ideal candidates are responsible, focused, and organized, and have an interest in protecting and expanding constitutional rights, particularly the right to dissent. All interns are expected to demonstrate excellent research, writing, and communication skills. The BORDC/DDF team works remotely so the ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct, in-person supervision is crucial.
Writing, Policy, and Advocacy Internship
- Research and write articles for the BORDC/DDF website providing reporting and analysis of current issues and grassroots activism
- Attend congressional hearings, press conferences, and other meetings
- Prepare content for BORDC/DDF social media channels, email newsletters, action alerts
- Conduct interviews with activists, legislators, partner organizations
Grassroots Organizing Internship
- Work with National Field Organizer to support grassroots partners and coalitions
- Schedule and promote grassroots network conference calls
- Attend coalition meetings
- Write and distribute action alerts to grassroots partners
Internships are part-time and require a 10-12 week (Fall/Spring) or 8 week (Summer) time commitment. Weekly schedules determined on an individual basis at the start of the semester, and typically involve 10-20hrs/wk. All interns join at least one weekly conference call.
- Fall Semester (10-12 weeks starting mid-September)
- Spring Semester (10-12 weeks starting mid-January)
- Summer Semester (8 weeks, July – August)
- Washington, DC National Office
- Strong commitment to a free and open society
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Background or interest in government, political advocacy, history or communications
- Previous research experience is a plus, but not required
- Ability to work remotely without direct supervision
Interns will need their own computer, phone and remote interns will also need reliable internet access.
Compensation / Academic Credit
Internships are unpaid.
Interns are encouraged to make arrangements to receive academic credit for their internships. BORDC/DDF will accommodate the requirements of credit-earning internships.
How to Apply
Complete the form below to send us your Resume, Cover Letter, and a Writing Sample.
An effective Cover Letter should address some of the following questions:
- Why are you personally committed to the Bill of Rights, civil liberties, civil rights, human rights or social justice?
- What role do you believe BORDC/DDF plays in the struggle for the Bill of Rights, civil liberties, civil rights, human rights or social justice?
- What is one particular government policy or action—either current or historical—that was not in line with your view of the Bill of Rights, civil liberties, civil rights, human rights, or social justice that you feel strongly about? Why do you feel strongly about this particular policy?
- Why do you want to be an intern with BORDC/DDF?
- What particular skills do believe that you hold that will be valuable to BORDC/DDF?
- What unique background, experiences, or interests would you bring with you to BORDC/DDF?
Your Writing Sample should be:
- On a topic related to BORDC/DDF’s work (see examples under Issues and Campaigns above)
- One to two pages, double-spaced
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation are both 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and are taking affirmative action to include diverse voices and viewpoints in our work:equal opportunity employers: women, people of color, people with disabilities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.