- Spring 2019 Undergraduate /Graduate Internship, NY, USA

Spring 2019 Undergraduate /Graduate Internship, National Political Advocacy Department, NY

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.






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 NPAD includes the ACLU federal office in Washington, DC and staff based in the national headquarters in New York City who support the advocacy work of the ACLU’s 53 affiliates.  The Washington Legislative office lobbies Congress, federal agencies and the White House.  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.   The Director of the NPAD leads a staff of 60 people including federal lobbyists, state advocacy advisors and issue campaign strategists.  The Director works with ACLU senior staff to set legislative strategy.






Interns will have the opportunity to support the ACLU’s policy advocacy work on police practices. They will assist in NPAD’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 policing reform and broader ACLU work. The internship position is based in the ACLU’s New York City headquarters and is supervised by the Policing Policy advisor.


The ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department seeks an Undergraduate/Graduate intern for the Spring of 2019.   The internship is part-time with weekly hours that are negotiable and typically require a 10-12 week commitment beginning on January 14, 2019. A modest 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.






Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside an interdisciplinary advocacy team on the following policing-related areas:  


Conducting police reform research and analyzing state legislation and advocacy efforts as they relate to policing

Drafting memoranda and other communications to ACLU state affiliates; preparing advocacy and public education materials

Providing research and drafting support for national policing reform reports

Tracking policing reform issues and initiatives on news media, social media, and the web; drafting and coordinating regular internal communications to keep staff up-to-date

Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

Other duties as assigned





Demonstrated interest in social justice work

Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research

The ability to work independently and to complete projects

Highly motivated and organized

Commitment to the mission of the ACLU





Please send a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reference [Spring 2019 Policing Undergraduate/Graduate 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.


Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.


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.


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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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