Student Information

Student Name

Jason Fraunberger

Email

jason.fraunberger@gm

Academy

Law

Internship Information

Company/Organization: American Civil Liberties Union

Mentor(s):Sam Ritchie

Topic of Internship

Activism, Advocacy, Law

Background Information

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been fighting for every individualís rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine decades. Founded in 1920 by Roger Baldwin, the ACLU has ballooned to over 50 offices and more than half a million members. As a non-profit organization, the ACLU provides its affiliates in each state, prisoners, and even regular citizens with information and legal assistance, free of charge. Unfortunately, the national office is unable to assist each person that comes to them, but will gladly redirect any inquiries to the proper source. The ACLU has been at the forefront of many important legal battles, working on everything from overturning the ban on gay adoption in Florida to making sure women keep their right to chose.

Summary of Internship

As an intern at the national headquarters in New York City, I am right in the middle of not only the strategic work that goes into the legal cases, but the public education portion of the organization. I work specifically with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and the HIV/AIDS projects, which are on the front lines in the fight for same-sex marriage, adoption, and LGBT discrimination in everyday life. My jobs have included organizing media posts, organizing spreadsheets, handling mailings, writing blogs, and creating Wikipedia pages on important legal cases. However, each week holds something new, as I donít always know what Iíll be doing until I walk in the door. Interning at the ACLU is an enlightening experience that has opened my eyes to the never-ending struggle for equal rights.

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