Legal Internships
New York
September 14, 2017

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Women’s Rights 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 ensuring women’s equality, preserving the right to have an abortion, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote, 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.

The Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Spring of 2018.


The Women’s Rights Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, and freedom of religion and belief.

Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women's Rights Project (WRP) has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women and works to implement ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women. WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, policy advocacy at the federal and state level, and significant public education, communications and mobilizing campaigns on behalf of women and girls.

WRP focuses on women’s rights in the following priority areas: employment, education, and gender based violence, as well as the criminal justice system.


Our Spring 2018 Legal Internship requires a 12-16 week commitment.  The internship is part-time, with a weekly time commitment of 10-15 hours. Weekly hours are negotiable.  Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit. A small stipend is available for students who are unable to secure course credit or outside funding.


Legal interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Women’s Rights Project team. Interns will assist in all aspects of litigation, policy advocacy and communications campaigns. Interns will gain experience by working on the following:

  • Conducting legal and policy research.
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
  • Assisting with researching or drafting materials for public education.
  • Other projects as assigned.


This legal internship is open to law students who have completed their first year.

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
  • Internet and legal database research skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • A strong interest and commitment to social justice, women’s rights, civil rights and civil liberties.


Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a resume, the names and telephone numbers of three references, an unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages. If possible, please submit materials as a single PDF, with your first and last name in the file name, and please list all documents enclosed on your cover letter. Applications should be emailed to hrjobsWRP@aclu.org, with WRP Spring 2018 Legal Internship in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; thus early application is advised. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled, please submit as soon as possible. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job posting.

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, and veteran status.

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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