Undergraduate Internships
District of Columbia
September 21, 2017

Washington Legislative Office, 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 or national origin. 


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 2018. 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 immigration team, interns will assist in all aspects of legislative/policy advocacy, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting legal and policy research.
  • Supporting research and drafting materials for public education.
  • Drafting memoranda and testimony for Congressional hearings.
  • Researching the civil liberties implications of legislative proposals and tracking legislation.
  • Attending hearings and preparing written reports.
  • 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.  Beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must possess:

  • 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  reference DACA INTERN in subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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