Internship with DHS’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)–Applications due November 1

In NLLSA on August 26, 2011 by Barbara

Below is an internship announcement from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties:

Internship Announcement

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties seeks to provide motivated law students entering their second or third year of law school with a summer internship opportunity in Washington, D.C.  The internship will provide experience in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Homeland Security, and the practical workings of the Federal Government. This is an unpaid position with no relocation expenses available.  Students are free to seek funding or course credit for the internship, but should resolve those issues with their own law school administrators.


Degree seeking law students enrolled at least half time in an accredited law school and entering their second or third year are eligible to apply.  We are looking for independent, creative thinkers with outstanding research, writing, and presentation skills.  We particularly desire individuals interested in working on Federal executive policy initiatives at the nexus of civil rights and civil liberties.

Individuals selected for the internship will be required to complete a security background clearance prior to starting any assignment.  Prospective interns who have been offered a summer internship with CRCL will be sent an email with login and password information by the Office of Security with instructions on how to complete and submit the security clearance forms online.  For planning purposes, you will need the full names and addresses for your immediate family, two personal references, and two additional neighborhood references of individuals, friends, or acquaintances who can verify your residence information.

About the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

The Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department’s mission to secure the Nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.

CRCL integrates civil rights and civil liberties into all the Department’s activities:

  • Promoting respect for civil rights and civil liberties in policy creation and implementation by advising Department leadership and personnel, and state and local partners.
  • Communicating with individuals and communities whose civil rights and civil liberties may be affected by Department activities, informing them about policies and avenues of redress, and promoting appropriate attention within the Department to their experiences and concerns.
  • Investigating and resolving civil rights and civil liberties complaints filed by the public regarding Department policies or activities, or actions taken by Department personnel.
  • Leading the Department’s equal employment opportunity programs and promoting workforce diversity and merit system principles.

Margo Schlanger, Officer

April 2010

The statutory authority for the Office is described in 6 U.S.C. § 345 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000ee-1.


With staff support and assistance, interns working for CRCL could perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Research and develop training material regarding civil rights and civil liberties issues in the Information Sharing Environment.
  • Analyze proposed and recently passed legislation and regulations, particularly regarding State and Local Fusion Centers and related civil rights and civil liberties issues.
  • Research newsworthy topics such as information sharing, aviation security, Constitutional rights issues, and enforcement security policy.
  • Conduct legal research regarding the use of racial profiling techniques at the U.S. border, liability of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for use of racial profiling by local law enforcement, and duties owed by ICE to legally incompetent persons.
  • Research policy initiatives such as the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS), Custom and Border Patrol’s (CBP) authorities at the border, PASS ID, religious profiling, and the implementation of current profiling policies.
  • Collaborate with the Office of General Counsel (OGC) on the use of social media in intelligence and analysis.
  • Perform legal research regarding employment related issues, assist in the preparation of final agency action regarding complaints of employment discrimination, and review proposed legislative/regulatory documents.

How To Apply

Students may apply for the internship by electronically submitting a resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample by November 1, 2011.  The documents should be submitted electronically via this job posting.  Do not submit the documents via postal mail.  The cover letter may be addressed to:

Ayn Crawley

Director, CRCL Institute

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. 20528

Questions regarding the internship may be directed to Sarah Case via email at or by phone at (202) 357-6289.


2 Responses to “Internship with DHS’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)–Applications due November 1”

  1. […] Details are available HERE. […]

  2. […] Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties It may sound like a branch of the ACLU, but this actually exists within the Department of Homeland Security. They ensure all employees and the public are treated in a fair and lawful manner without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, or other factors. This particular position is an internship for law students. […]

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