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CALL FOR INTERNS, RESEARCH ASSISTANTS, LEGAL FELLOWS, & VISITING SCHOLARS


INTERNS

Internship Description

AAPF’s Spring 2019 Internship Programme is a semester-long internship commencing the week of Monday January 22, 2019 and ending in May 2019.  Interns will gain first hand experience in a non-profit think tank operations, gaining insight into community organizing, research, and policy analysis.  Interns will work 10-15 hours a week from AAPF’s offices at Columbia Law School.

Primary responsibilities

  • Reviewing and archiving materials on intersectionality, critical race theory, race and representation and the law, and civil rights law

  • Preparing promotional materials including posters, graphics, and videos

  • Providing event planning and programming support ahead of major event series - eg for Her Dream Deferred - evaluating venues and speakers, preparing event proposals, liaising with stakeholders and drafting panel descriptions

  • Conceptualizing, upscaling, and implementing merchandising program

  • Assisting in the development and launch of AAPF & CISPS’s podcast series

  • Undertaking discrete research and writing tasks to assist in the roll out of reports

  • Providing logistical support at events

Requirements

We welcome applications from higher education students of all years, degree programs, and majors to apply. Interns should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic proficiency in social media applications (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). A high school diploma, GED, or comparable work experience is required.  We seek persons with strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and communication and interpersonal skills.

AAPF is particularly interested in interns who have experience and capabilities in one or more of the below listed areas:

  • Using Adobe Audition, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro

  • Preparing animated videos

  • Building social media footprints

  • Planning and managing events

  • Working in law or policy

  • Undertaking academic research

  • Grant writing, journalism, preparing press releases, and op ed writing

  • Foreign language fluency

If you have experience in these areas, please foreground it in your application materials.

Submission Instructions

Eligible candidates should access this google form. You will be promoted to provide your CV, a relevant writing sample of 5 pages, and a 250 word statement as to why you are interested in the work.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


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RESEARCH ASSISTANTS


Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw seeks Columbia law students to conduct legal and social sciences research on issues related to intersectionality, gender, and racial inequality.

Research work

RAs will contribute research to Professor Crenshaw’s ongoing work on intersectionality and CISPS’ ongoing international and domestic projects, which generate data to support gender-inclusive approaches to racial justice advocacy, policy development and media coverage.

Research Assistant attributes

Candidates should be currently enrolled Columbia law students.  Strong candidates will have:

  • familiarity with Professor Crenshaw's work, Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, or previous work of CISPS (eg Professor Crenshaw's 1989 article, Demarginalizing, and recently released reports, including Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women);

  • a legal or social science background;

  • a demonstrable commitment to public interest legal work; and

  • the ability to work independently and collaboratively, in a dynamic workplace environment.

Preference will be given to candidates who can undertake the work as for credit faculty research assistance.

Application process

Candidates should apply by populating this Google Form.  You will be promoted to provide your CV, a relevant writing sample of 5 pages, and a 250 word statement on why you are interested in the work.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


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FELLOWS & VISITING SCHOLARS


FELLOWSHIPS

The AAPF is accepting expressions of interest for 2019 - 2020 legal fellowship opportunities.  These can be one or two year appointments beginning in the spring or summer of 2019. Under the supervision of co-founder Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, fellows contribute to existing projects on a wide variety of intersectional and critical race theory issues.  Fellows work on an array of research and writing projects, help organize conferences, seminars, and publications, and assist with management of Research Assistants, interns, and volunteers, among other projects. The AAPF can assist interested parties in applications to secure funding to do such work.

Minimum Requirements

The minimum degree requirement to pursue fellowship opportunities at AAPF is a JD, JD equivalent, or LLM (within five years of commencing the fellowship).  The following attributes are expected:

  • strong academic qualifications;

  • familiarity with Professor Crenshaw's work, Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, or previous work of AAPF / CISPS (eg Professor Crenshaw's 1989 article, Demarginalizing, and recently released reports, including Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women);

  • a legal or social science background;

  • a demonstrable commitment to public interest legal work; and

  • the ability to work independently and collaboratively, in a dynamic workplace environment.

Submission Instructions

If you are interested in working with the AAPF on an externally funded, post-graduate fellowship, and have researched ways to apply for funding to do so, please send madeline.cameronwardleworth@aapf.org a copy of your CV, a cover letter, and a writing sample of approximately five pages.

VISITING SCHOLARS

CISPS is accepting expressions of interest for prospective Visiting Scholars.  If you are interested in visiting scholar opportunities with CISPS, please send madeline.cameronwardleworth@aapf.org a copy of your CV, a cover letter, and a writing sample of approximately five pages.