Fall 2019 Legal Internship/Externship Opportunity, Voting Rights Project, DC

National InternshipsLegal Internships
District of Columbia
April 24, 2019



American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Voting Rights Project, DC


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 Voting Rights Project of the ACLU has been an established and recognized national leader in the field of voting rights for more than 50 years. The Project employs an integrated advocacy approach, combating voter suppression measures through a combination of legislative advocacy and litigation, and has active cases in over a dozen states. A commitment to racial justice is the core of the Project’s work, and is the lens through which the Voting Rights Project views voting rights controversies.



The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in Washington, D.C. seeks a legal intern for the Fall of 2019 to work on active litigation and other research projects. The intern will primarily be working closely with a team of VRP attorneys to enforce the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) (also known as the federal “Motor-Voter Law”), which requires states to provide voter registration services at DMVs and public assistance offices.

Preference will be given to those applying for a full-time semester-long externship. However, applicants for a part-time internship will also be considered. A part-time internship requires a semester-long commitment and a minimum of 15 hours per week. Arrangements can be made with the student’s law school for a work/study stipend or course credit.



The intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Voting Rights Project team on:

  • All aspects of litigation, including drafting of memoranda, complaints, discovery requests and responses, briefs, and pleadings
  • Conducting legal, factual, and policy research
  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims
  • Handling special projects as assigned



The internship is open to law students who will have completed at least one year of law school before the internship commences, with a preference for applicants who have completed their second year. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social and racial justice
  • The ability to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • A commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU



Please send a cover letter describing your interest, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school and whether you are applying for a full time or part time internship; and resume to HRJobsVRP@aclu.org. Reference [VRP DC Fall 2019 Legal Internship] in the subject line. Note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address and is specific to Voting Rights Project postings.


Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.


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: hrjobsincl@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this email 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.” 

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