- SPRING 2019 Immigration Advocacy Volunteer Internship, DC, USA

SPRING 2019 Immigration Advocacy Volunteer Internship, Washington Legislative Office, DC

American Civil Liberties Union


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, 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 cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a 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, record of arrest or conviction.






Founded in 1952, the Washington Legislative Office is responsible for advancing the civil liberties agenda of the national organization before Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as working with ACLU affiliates.






Our Volunteer Internship requires a minimum 12-week commitment (20 or more hours per week), beginning immediately in February 2019. Individuals are encouraged to seek outside funding for the internship. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.






Interns will work on a variety of immigration issues. Working closely with the State Campaigns Manager on the immigration team, interns will assist in all aspects of state and local level immigration advocacy campaigns including but not limited to:


Conducting policy and advocacy research of state and local level immigration efforts

Supporting research and drafting materials for public education

Researching the civil liberties implications of legislative proposals and tracking state and local level legislation and ballot initiatives 

Developing tactics and materials to support local and state level campaigns

Attending coalition meetings as necessary, as well as liaising with partners and ACLU affiliates

Researching and drafting issue statements and blogs for posting on the ACLU’s web page, newsletters and/or action alerts





Experience with immigration issues or working with immigrant communities

Organizing and or prior issue campaigns experience preferred

Beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are encouraged to apply

Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills

The ability to work independently and to see projects through to completion

A commitment to civil liberties and demonstrated interest in immigrants’ rights advocacy

Proficiency in Spanish preferred, but not required





Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample of 5-7 pages to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. reference [DACA INTERN] in subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Washington Legislative Office 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 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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Correspondence 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.”


Job posted on 17th September 2018

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