Undergraduate Internships
New York
November 15, 2017

Communications Department, 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, 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, age, disability or national origin.


The ACLU Communications department is responsible for promoting the ACLU’s mission, its brand and its programs through the news media, our website and social media.   The Communications department seeks interns for the Spring of 2018.  Assignments will offer the opportunity to learn about the breadth of the ACLU’s work and how the Communications department supports the work through branding,  media relations, marketing, communications strategy, and producing content for the ACLU blog and website, multimedia and social media channels.

The internship is full-time and requires a 12-week commitment beginning on January 22, 2017.

The ACLU is committed to diversity, inclusion and equity. All applicants will receive consideration for internships without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

The ACLU encourages all qualified applicants, including students of color, students with disabilities and those with economically disadvantaged circumstances to apply. A modest stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.


Depending on experience and interest, Interns will gain marketing, digital/multimedia and/or strategic communications experience by:

  • Participating in marketing, communications, and digital team meetings and strategy discussions;
  • Creating and posting media relations materials;
  • Conducting research on social media and media relations best practices in order to reach young adult audiences;
  • Building and maintaining media relations lists of journalists and news outlets;
  • Researching journalist coverage and advising communications staff about pitch angles and media targets;
  • Preparing media coverage reports of team activities;
  • Work with communications staff members to conceive, implement and evaluate media relations events;


This Internship is open to all undergraduate students who possess a strong interest in journalism, public relations, advocacy communication, civil liberties issues, and who may have coursework or employment related to the Internship that includes;

  • Communications strategy;
  • The future of journalism and the news industries;
  • News reporting and writing;
  • Strong written and communications skills
  • Experience working with teams
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • Interest in civil rights and liberties


Applicants should send a cover letter indicating their area of interest (e.g. marketing, digital/multimedia or strategic communications), resume and a list of three references to: hrjobsCOMM@aclu.org. Reference: [Spring 2018 Communications Internship] in the subject line.  

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.

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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