Spring 2019 Legal Internship, National Political Advocacy Department - Reproductive Freedom, DC

National InternshipsLegal Internships
District of Columbia
October 23, 2018

American Civil Liberties Union
National Political Advocacy Department - Reproductive Freedom 
Washington, 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, 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 National Political Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National Office in Washington, DC seeks applicants for its Spring 2019 Graduate Internship. Individuals are encouraged to seek outside funding for the internship. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit. 



The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) works on a number of fronts to advance and protect reproductive freedom, including access to abortion and contraception. NPAD seeks a law school intern to assist with research and analysis on federal and state policies related to reproductive health, rights, and justice.



Interns will have the opportunity to research and analyze federal and state policies related to reproductive health, rights, and justice. The internship is part-time with weekly hours that are negotiable and typically requires a 10-week commitment.



Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside NPAD’s Reproductive Freedom policy experts on the following:

  • Tracking legislation
  • Conducting research on legislation, executive orders, attorney general opinions, legislative history, case law, and academic scholarship
  • Drafting memos, fact sheets, testimony, public comments, and other advocacy tools
  • Other duties as assigned



This Internship is open to students who will have completed their first semester of law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, conducting internet research, and utilizing databases
  • Solution-oriented with the initiative to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice
  • Desire to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving conflicts
  • Familiarity with reproductive freedom issues and the legislative process a plus



Please send a cover letter, describing your interest in reproductive freedom and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during graduate school; a resume; and a list of three references to HRJobsNPAD@aclu.org. Reference [National Political Advocacy Department-Reproductive Freedom Spring 2019 Legal Internship] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to National Political Advocacy Department 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.

Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Applications will be 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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