Summer 2019 Internship Opportunity - Economic Justice - National Political Advocacy Department, NY

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Apr 02, 2019
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Summer 2019 Internship Opportunity - Economic Justice - National Political Advocacy Department, NY


Office:  National Internships  ›  Advocacy Internships

Location:  New York

APRIL 1, 2019



American Civil Liberties Union

National Political Advocacy Department, 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 ACLU is one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations, though it is better known for its success in the nation’s courtrooms.  The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) was created in 2015 to strengthen the work of the ACLU at the federal, state and local levels of government.  This new department is harnessing the political power that comes from having more than one million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state.  By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative arena as it has accomplished through the courts.



The ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department seeks an intern for the Summer of 2019.  Advocacy staff advises affiliates on policy, draft bills and talking points, design lobbying and issue campaigns, and provide advice on methods of public education and coalition building.  This particular internship reports directly to the Economic Justice Policy Advocacy and Policy Counsel and will work on issues related to on criminalization of people who cannot afford to pay court fines and fees.  The internship is full-time and requires a 10-week commitment beginning on June 3, 2019.  A modest stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.

  • Assisting with the production and distribution of advocacy materials
  • Assisting with 2020 state legislative campaign planning
  • Conducting factual research
  • Other projects as assigned



  • Demonstrated interest in social justice work
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and to complete projects
  • Highly motivated and organized
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Personal experience being incarcerated, or in other ways entangled with the criminal justice system, preferred



Please send a cover letter describing your interest in the Summer 2019 Economic Justice Internship, including any relevant life or work experience gained before, during, or after college/graduate school; a current resume; and a list of three references to  Reference  [Economic Justice Summer 2019 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 Political Advocacy Department 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.

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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.