Spring 2019 Legal Internship, Reproductive Freedom Project, NY

National InternshipsLegal Internships
New York
November 6, 2018

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation


New York, 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 Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks applicants for its Spring 2019 Legal 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 Project’s mission is to secure a world that respects and supports every person’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child, and where all people have the resources and tools to access the health care they need to effectuate these decisions. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ access to reproductive health care is not compromised because of their race, immigration or economic status, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability or where they live. Further, we recognize that people lead intersectional lives and believe that this work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.

For four decades, the ACLU has been a leader in the efforts to reduce the shame, stigma, and barriers around abortion and ensure that every person has access to safe, affordable abortion care in their communities.  The ACLU has participated in nearly every reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court and in significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count.  Below are just a few examples of current cases: 

  • A challenge to the Trump Administration’s policy that bars immigrant minors like our client, Jane Doe, from obtaining abortions;
  • A federal constitutional challenge to Kentucky’s efforts to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state;
  • State constitutional cases seeking to restore Medicaid coverage for abortion in 2 states;
  • Federal constitutional challenges to abortions bans in numerous states;
  • Numerous cases seeking to expand the availability and accessibility of abortion care; and  
  • A challenge to attempts by the Trump Administration to dismantle the federal family planning program that provides access to contraception to millions of low-income people each year. 

The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of state affiliates as well as attorneys and advocates in the organization who specialize in areas such as immigrants’ rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, disability rights, and freedom of speech and religion.



Interns will have the opportunity to work on litigation matters and learn about current issues around abortion access and reproductive rights.  The internship is part-time with weekly hours that are negotiable and typically requires an 8-10 hour per week commitment.



Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Project’s team on the following:

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



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

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • The ability to analyze complex legal issues
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social justice, and reproductive rights
  • The ability to work well with a wide range of other people, both inside and outside the ACLU
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU



Please send a cover letter describing your interest, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a current resume;  a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length); and a list of three references to HRJobsRFP@aclu.org.

Reference Reproductive Freedom Project 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 Reproductive Freedom 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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