Spring 2020 Legal/Graduate Intern, Advocacy Department

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Oct 22, 2019
Intern Legal

Job Description

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 Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York, NY has an opening for a Spring Internship starting in January of 2020. 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 intern will have the opportunity to support the Policing team's efforts in researching and analyzing state legislation and legislative amendments, preparing advocacy and public education materials, and researching legal and policy issues related to state legislation. There will be opportunities to attend and observe substantive meetings, events, and conversations on the Policing program, Justice Division, and broader ACLU work. The internships require a semester-long commitment, and can be a full time position or a part time position with a minimum of 12-15 hours per week.



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

  • Conducting research and analyzing state legislation and advocacy efforts, and related legal and policy issues
  • Preparing advocacy and public education materials; drafting memorandum and affiliate correspondence
  • Providing research and drafting support for national policing reports
  • Monitoring legal and legislative developments on policing and drug law reform reforms in the states
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Other duties as assigned



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

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, and highly organized
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice


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 committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.



A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.