Spring 2019 Undergraduate Internship, Communications, NY & DC

Undergraduate Internships
New York
December 10, 2018

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Communications, NY & 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 Communications Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York and Washington, D.C. seek applicants for its Spring 2019 Undergraduate 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 ACLU Communications Department is responsible for promoting the ACLU’s mission, its brand and its programs through media, our website, and social media.  The Communications Internship offers the opportunity to learn about the breadth of the ACLU’s work and how the Communications Department supports it through branding, public relations and communications strategy, and producing content for the ACLU blog and website, multimedia and social media channels.

This Spring Internship can be part-time or full-time. For students who do not receive course credit and/or outside funding, this would be a paid internship. Arrangements can also be made for work/study or course credit.



Interns will have the opportunity to gain marketing, digital/multimedia, and/or strategic communications experience.

The internship can be full-time or part-time with a minimum of 15 hours a week required. Specific hours are negotiable.



Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the communications team on any of the following:

  • Participate in creating strategies to communicate our work
  • Draft, edit, and post blog posts and website content
  • Researching journalist coverage and advising communications staff about pitch angles and media targets
  • Conduct research for various communications projects
  • Prepare talking points, press materials, report materials and other communications
  • Conduct research into social media and digital campaign best practices
  • Prepare media lists and media coverage reports of team activities
  • Assist with media outreach
  • Participate in strategy discussions and meetings 
  • Other duties as assigned



This Internship is open to all undergraduate students who have completed their first year of college.  Interns should possess the following:

  • A strong interest in working on nonprofit communications
  • Coursework or employment related to the Internship
  • Experience in social media
  • Keen interest in current events, news reporting and writing
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • Commitment to civil liberties and to the work of ACLU



Please send a cover letter, describing your interest in communications and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during college; a resume; and a list of three references to hrjobsCOMM@aclu.org. Reference [Communications Spring 2019 Undergraduate Internship/W]in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to communications 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.orgCorrespondence 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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