Spring 2020 Legal Intern, Advocacy Department

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Oct 22, 2019
Intern Public Policy 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 Washington DC has an opening for a Spring Legal Internship starting in January, 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 be primarily working with the National Political Advocacy Department on federal and state voting rights issues. The internships require a semester-long commitment, and can be a full time position or a part time position with a minimum of 15 hours per week.



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

  • Track, research, and analyze federal policy and issue developments related to voting and elections.
  • Assist in state-based voting campaigns, including research on the impact of certain voting reforms, analyze policy, and monitor state legislative activity.
  • Handling special projects as assigned, including research on the Voting Rights Act.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
  • Other duties as assigned.



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

  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social and racial justice, and the mission of the ACLU.
  • Preference for individuals with demonstrated interest in voting rights.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate on your cover letter whether you are applying for a full-time or part-time position.


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.