The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU of Florida) seeks a Data Science Intern to support Policy & Advocacy work across ACLU Florida campaigns on criminal justice reform, immigrants’ rights and voting rights.
The position is remote and will report to the Research Coordinator. This is a temporary part-time position. Florida residency is required.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a national public interest organization devoted to the defense of the Bill of Rights. For over 100 years, the ACLU has served as the nation’s primary protector of the liberties that define our democracy. The organization implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU of Florida. Operating out of four offices—Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville—the Florida affiliate has a budget of over $8 million and 55 staff members, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.
The ACLU of Florida, the state’s largest civil rights and civil liberties organization, employs litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional values and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, disability rights, and immigrants’ rights. The ACLU of Florida litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies.
The ACLU of Florida has adopted a “campaign” approach for its work. Work is focused on pursuing specific integrated advocacy campaigns to achieve measurable goals that will expand civil liberties and civil rights, while building the long-term power of the ACLU and the civil liberties movement. For the foreseeable future, the ACLU of Florida will focus on three campaigns: voting rights, criminal justice reform, and immigrants’ rights. The campaigns in which the organization engages are about integrated advocacy, and include strategies across several disciplines including lobbying, communications, litigation and grassroots organizing.
Data Science Interns will support the Policy and Advocacy Department in data collection, management, and analysis. There will be opportunities to attend and participate in substantive meetings and conversations within the Policy and Advocacy Department and ACLU of Florida and broader ACLU work.
- Time Commitment: 20 hours per week unless otherwise agreed.
- Duration: 12 weeks unless otherwise agreed.
Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Policy and Advocacy team. Their backgrounds and interests contribute to the scope of work assigned, with their internship anchored by a primary project that furthers one of our primary campaigns - Campaign for Justice, Floridians for Immigrant Justice, and Let Florida Vote. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Collect data via APIs, web scraping, etc.
- Conduct data cleaning, data merging, data quality control and backups.
- Pull data for ad hoc analysis.
- Create documentation.
- Maintain and update datasets in Google Cloud Platform.
- Perform various data analyses using statistical programs.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This internship is open to students pursuing degrees in Statistics, Economics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Finance, or any quantitative discipline, who possess the following skills
- Working knowledge of data tools, including python or R; SQL or STATA a plus.
- Understanding of data warehouses and relational databases.
- Experience with applied statistics/probability.
- Enthusiasm to learn and apply data science concepts to social justice.
- Innate curiosity, passion and initiative.
- Comfort in working independently and as part of a team.
- Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice.
$15 per hour. There are no benefits provided as this is a temporary part-time position.
To apply, please complete the form at www.aclufl.org/datainternship. Applications will be accepted until the Spring Internship is filled.
No phone calls, please.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Florida reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ACLU of FL, is currently working remotely.
The ACLU of Florida is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Florida 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. We encourage formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. If selected for an interview, please inquire if financial assistance is needed in order to attend.
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