Summer 2019 Legal Internship - Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, NY or SF

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Oct 11, 2018
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Job Description

Summer 2019 Legal Internship, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, NY or SF

Office:  Legal Internships

Location:  New York

OCTOBER 9, 2018



American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, NY or SF


For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction.

The Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project of the ACLU’s National Office seek legal interns for the Summer of 2019. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.



The Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, to advocate for government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy includes, in addition to the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, the Human Rights Program, the National Security Project, the Immigrants’ Rights Project, and the Voting Rights Project. 

The Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. The Project is currently litigating cases and conducting other advocacy efforts on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, privacy of electronic information, journalists’ rights, scientific freedom, and openness in the courts.



Interns will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation.  The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10 week commitment.



Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Project’s attorneys. Interns will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of litigation, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting legal and policy research
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits, pleadings, and briefs
  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims
  • Other projects as assigned



This Legal Internship is open to law students who will have completed their first semester of law school before the internship commences.  Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • A strong commitment to civil liberties issues 
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion



Applicants should send the following to  (please reference SPT Summer 2019 Legal Internship in the subject line):

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, including a description of any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you would prefer to intern in New York or San Francisco and where you learned of this internship opportunity
  • A resume
  • A list of three references
  • A legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages

Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU 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, and record of arrest or conviction.  

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact:  hrjobsincl@aclu.orgCorrespondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed.  Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”




A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.