Internship Opportunities:

Civil Rights Intern - Law Students

Internship applications are accepted year-round to carry out a broad mix of direct legal services (intake and case management), research, writing, and policy advocacy.  Interns will work directly with clients, under the supervision of CAIRNY’s Director of Strategic Litigation, with responsibility for individual cases and advocacy short of litigation. For example, interns will work with victims of discrimination to draft letters, EEOC complaints, and DHS redress requests.  Interns will write legal memos on topics connected to CAIRNY's pending civil rights litigation, including religious discrimination by law enforcement agencies.

Qualifications:

  • Some experience with one or more of the following: litigation in federal courts; FOIA/FOIL litigation; First Amendment law; immigration law; employment law; Section 1983 police misconduct litigation; class action litigation; and/or national security law.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and phone skills.
  • Documented interest in civil rights and/or issues affecting American Muslims.
  • Preference given to students who have taken constitutional law, administrative law, and/or federal courts.
  • All law students are welcome to apply; preference is given to 2Ls and 3Ls.
  • Preference given to students who can devote at least 10 hours a week (Fall/Spring Semesters) or 30 hours a week (Summer Semester).

To apply, please email a copy of your cover letter, CV, transcript, and writing sample to info@ny.cair.com with a subject: “Civil Rights Intern”


Legal Services Intern - college

Applications are accepted year-round for CAIRNY’s Legal Services Internship program. Legal Services Interns will gain extensive experience in direct legal services, fact research, and writing.  Legal Services Interns will be trained on how to work with victims of discrimination, conducting client intakes and evaluating new cases under the supervision of CAIRNY’s Director of Strategic Litigation.  Legal Services Interns will also learn how to research a broad array of legal topics connected to CAIRNY's pending civil rights advocacy, including religious discrimination by law enforcement.

Qualifications:

  •  Current enrollment in (or recent graduation from) an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and phone skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and major research databases.
  • Documented interest in civil rights work and issues affecting civil rights and/or the American Muslim community.
  • Preference given to students who have taken relevant coursework and/or previously worked in a legal office setting.
  • All encouraged to apply, but a preference is given to students who can devote 10 hours a week (Fall/Spring Semesters) or 20 hours a week (Summer Semester).

To apply, please email a copy of your cover letter, CV, transcript, and writing sample to info@ny.cair.com with a subject: “Legal Services Intern”


Communications Intern

 

Applications are accepted year-round for CAIR–NY’s Communications Internship program.  Communications Interns will gain substantial experience implementing print, broadcast, and social media strategies.  Communications Interns will also be trained on how to review media requests submitted by news outlets from around the world, learning how to prioritize CAIR–NY’s messaging and branding. Interns will learn how to draft media advisories and press releases and how to conduct press conferences.  Interns will also, when viable, accompany CAIR–NY staff to interviews, gaining the opportunity to meet, network with, and learn from journalists.  Furthermore, Communications Interns will learn how to respond to breaking news and also develop CAIR–NY’s long-term media plan.  Communications Interns will be expected to take ownership of sophisticated projects and to also develop novel initiatives to further CAIR–NY’s communication’s strategy, while working under the supervision of CAIR–NY’s Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in (or recent graduation from) an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Experience in communications, journalism, and/or public relations.
  • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies, including social media campaigns.
  • Knowledge of database management preferred.
  • Aptitude for managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Superb writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and phone skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and major social media platforms.
  • Experience with multimedia production, preferably including graphic design and/or video.
  • Documented interest in civil rights work and issues affecting the American Muslim community.
  • All encouraged to apply, but a preference is given to students who can devote 10 hours a week (Fall/Spring Semesters) or 20 hours a week (Summer Semester).

To apply, please email a copy of your cover letter, CV, transcript, and writing sample to info@ny.cair.com with a subject: “Communications Intern”


Outreach Intern

Applications are accepted year-round for CAIR–NY’s Outreach Internship program.  Outreach Interns will gain substantial experience establishing and maintaining relationships with the local community via schools, mosques, Muslim Student Associations, and other Muslim organizations.  Outreach Interns will also learn how to establish and maintain relationships with local coalition partners and (when appropriate) governmental institutions, such as New York City Council Members, liaisons to the Mayor’s Office, and other city, state, and federal agencies.  Outreach Interns will also work on goal driven projects involving civic engagement and other community-based education workshops.  Additionally, Outreach Interns will learn how to maintain a comprehensive database of local outreach activities and undertake other office duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in (or recent graduation from) an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Friendly, outgoing and self-motivated.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent critical thinking and visual skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow through the various on-going and newly assigned tasks.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Documented interest in civil rights work and issues affecting Civil Rights and/or the American Muslim community.
  • All encouraged to apply, but a preference is given to students who can devote 10 hours a week (Fall/Spring Semesters) or 20 hours a week (Summer Semester).

To apply, please email a copy of your cover letter, CV, transcript, and writing sample to info@ny.cair.com with a subject: “Outreach Intern”


Development Intern

Applications are accepted year-round for CAIRNY’s Development Internship program.  Development Interns will gain substantial experience in nonprofit development and management.  Specifically, interns will learn about grant writing, researching donor prospects, solicitation strategy, in addition to gaining valuable office experience working in one of the region's leading civil rights organizations.  Additionally, interns will refine their writing skills by helping to write and copy edit reports on CAIRNY’s ongoing work.

Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in (or recent graduation from) an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Superb writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking, and phone skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Documented interest in civil rights work and issues affecting Civil Rights and/or the American Muslim community.
  • Preference given to students who have taken relevant coursework and/or previously worked in development.
  • Prior grant-writing experience preferred.
  • All encouraged to apply, but a preference is given to students who can devote 10 hours a week (Fall/Spring Semesters) or 20 hours a week (Summer Semester).

To apply, please email a copy of your cover letter, CV, transcript, and writing sample to info@ny.cair.com with a subject: “Development Intern”


Outreach Volunteer

Want to help CAIR–NY reach out to members of New York's Muslim Community, but don't have time to take on an internship?  Apply to be an outreach volunteer.  We're looking for help from volunteers with a board range of backgrounds, experience levels, and availability.

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