Summer 2017 Legal Internship, ACLU, Washington Legislative Office, DC

National Offices, Washington, DC
District of Columbia
February 27, 2017

Washington Legislative Office, 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, 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, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.

The Washington Legislative Office of the ACLU seeks applicants for legal internships for the Summer of 2017 in Washington, D.C.


Founded in 1952, the Washington, DC National Office is responsible for advancing the civil liberties agenda of the national organization before Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as working with ACLU affiliates on state legislatures.


The Summer Legal Internship requires a 10 week commitment and is full-time. Students are highly encouraged to seek Public Interest Fellowship funds for the internship. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.  Interns who do not secure funding will be eligible to receive a stipend.


Legal interns will work on a wide variety of issues.  Working closely with the Legislative Counsels and other Lobbyists, whose area of focus matches the candidate’s specific area of interest, interns will assist in all aspects of legislative and policy work including:

  • Researching and analyzing implications of legislative and policy proposals and tracking legislation, regulations, and policy drafts.
  • Assisting in drafting testimony for Congressional hearings, regulatory comments, and official communications to Congress or Executive Branch officials.
  • Attending hearings, coalition meeting and preparing written reports.
  • Researching and drafting issue statements for posting on the ACLU’s web page, newsletters and/or action alerts.
  • Other projects as assigned.


  • Completion of  first year of law school.
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Strong motivation and the initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • An understanding of constitutional law & legal research.
  • Course work in constitutional law desirable.
  • A commitment to the support of civil liberties or civil rights; demonstrated interest in a specific area of legislation or policy related to current issues in civil liberties or civil rights.


Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample of 5-7 pages to  reference [Summer 2017 WLO Legal Internship] in  the subject line. Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this posting and specify your area(s) of interest, i.e., criminal justice, national security, immigration, etc.

 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 description and/or 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 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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