Nureen in Atlanta

Nureen, a sophomore in Dedman College who plans to major in advertising, has an internship in Atlanta with the American Civil Liberties Union. Nureen is one of nine SMU students awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Public Service Internship for Summer 2009 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She says she is looking forward to seeing the ACLU’s commitment, devotion, passion and service for human rights in action.

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Working at the American Civil Liberties Union

I have already learned so much at the ACLU – both about my possible career and the inner-workings of society! Thankfully, I haven’t done much “secretarial” work at all – most of the work I do is to aid law clerks and my sponsor (the director of “Immigration and National Securities”).

Being in that specific department, most of the issues we work with have to do with current-day progress with the closing of Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay) and immigrant rights issues in Georgia and the Southeastern region.

I often do research for opinion editorials and legislative bills my sponsor plans on writing or drafting and end up learning so much in the process. I work mainly with law interns (clerks) because of the specific department I am working in, but they are all so helpful and enjoyable to be around – the atmosphere at the ACLU really is much like a family!

There is never a boring day – I’m always busy and am often out of the office. So far, I’ve attended trials, press conferences, rallies, legislative meetings, commission hearings, board of education meetings, and marches.

I can’t wait to update on how much more I’ve been getting to do at the ACLU, soon!

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