Summer 2019 Undergraduate Internship - National Security Project, NY

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Nov 07, 2018
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Job Description

Summer 2019 Undergraduate Internship - National Security Project, NY


Office:  Undergraduate Internships

Location:  New York

NOVEMBER 5, 2018



American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

National Security Project, NY


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 National Security Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks applicants for its Summer 2019 Undergraduate Internship.  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.



The National Security 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 National Security Project, the Human Rights Program, and the Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology.

The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. Our nation’s core democratic values are the foundation of its strength and security, and the Project works to ensure that our government’s response to national security concerns comports with those values. Through litigation and advocacy strategies, the Project responds to specific government measures, and strives also to educate the public and shape the law so that the courts, Congress, and citizenry can serve as an enduring check against abuse. The Project’s litigation and advocacy focuses on issues including: government surveillance, targeted killing, unlawful detention, accountability for torture, discrimination, censorship, and secrecy.



Interns will work with the National Security Project’s attorneys, paralegal, and legal assistants.  The Internship is typically full-time and requires a ten-week commitment with a start date in June 2019.



Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the National Security Project team on the following:

  • Reviewing and logging government documents in National Security Project online databases
  • Organizing and archiving case files 
  • Conducting factual research
  • Other projects as assigned



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

  • A strong interest in human rights and civil liberties issues
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Strong computer and web-based research skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • The ability and initiative to see projects through to completion
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU



Please send a cover letter describing your interest, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during college; a current resume;  a short writing sample (no more than 5 pages in length); and two references to  Reference   [NSP Summer 2019 Undergraduate Internship/W]   in the subject line.

Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to National Security Project postings.  In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.


Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.


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.