Fall 2019 Undergraduate Internship, Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, NY

National InternshipsAdvocacy Internships
New York
March 21, 2019




Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, NY


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 Speech, Privacy & Technology Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City has an opening for a Fall Internship starting in September of 2019.



The Speech, Privacy and Technology Project (SPT) is part of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including those of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Speech, Privacy and Technology Project is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. The project is currently litigating cases and conducting other advocacy efforts on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, and government surveillance.



The Fall 2019 Undergraduate Internship requires a part-time commitment of 10-15 hours per week. 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.



Interns will gain valuable experience by working with the SPT team on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting factual research on issues relating to free speech, privacy and technology
  • Assisting with preparation, production and development of litigation and advocacy materials
  • Conducting research and performing document review for Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Attending meetings to gain firsthand knowledge of active cases and advocacy projects
  • Assisting with the maintenance of case files and research databases
  • Performing independent research projects related to project issues
  • Other projects as assigned



The internship is open to students who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the ACLU and an interest in learning more about the issues central to the work of the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Applicants should possess:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Initiative to propose relevant research projects and see projects through to completion
  • Capacity to manage and prioritize multiple assignments 



Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (please do not exceed two pages) to hrjobsSPT@aclu.org and reference SPT Fall 2019 Undergraduate Internship in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to Speech, Privacy & Technology Project 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 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 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 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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