Policing Research Intern (CLOSED)

Spring Semester 2021

Application Deadline: 21 December 2020


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The ACLU seeks a Policing Research Intern for Winter/Spring 2021. This intern is a part of ACLU’s Research Team and reports to the Director of Research. The Research Team is housed in the Communications Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City, and liaises with the Executive Department. The Intern, like the rest of the staff, will work remotely. In addition to the Director of Research and the Policing Research Intern, the Research Team includes a post-doctoral Research Fellow (ACLS/Mellon Fell0w) and a Graduate Research Intern. The Research Team leads ACLU’s policy research program through collaboration with legal, advocacy, and communications staff across the organization. The Policing Research Intern would focus specifically on ACLU’s research on police use of force, in support of ACLU’s work to combat police violence, defund the police, and refund communities. As such, the Policing Research Intern would also engage with ACLU’s policy and legal experts on policing.


  • Support ACLU’s policing work through primary and secondary research.
  • Work with Director of Research and/or the Research Fellow on suite of research projects focused on police use of force and police divestment, topics could include – militarization of police, use of force against women of color and against LGBTQ+ people, school policing.
  • Participate in regular team meetings and occasional cross-departmental meetings.
  • Help manage database of current policing research literature, including conducting literature reviews.
  • Provide editing and proofreading support of materials for internal and external audiences, such as reports and presentations.
  • Other duties to support the development of ACLU’s policy research team.


  • Current doctoral student in the humanistic social sciences
  • Training and experience in empirical research methods, quantitative and/or qualitative
  • Content knowledge of police violence and/or police reform.
  • Interest in working in applied research at a non-profit, civil rights organization
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Excel, comfort in using or learning suite of Google products, Slack, Endnote, and zoom
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Commitment to working in an office that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

This internship is administered and funded through the PublicsLab at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The PublicsLab will compensate 150 hours of work with a $5000 stipend.

The application for this position is #10558 in GC Connect. Applications will be accepted until 21 December 2020. 

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.