Summer 2018 Graduate/Undergraduate Internship, Communications/Editorial – New York, NY

Undergraduate Internships
New York
February 20, 2018

Summer 2018 Graduate/Undergraduate Internship

American Civil Liberties Union/Foundation

Communications/Editorial – 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, 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, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

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The ACLU’s Communications Department seeks interns for the summer of 2018.  The internship is full-time and requires a 10-week commitment beginning on June 1, 2018. A modest stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.



  • Provide research and fact-checking support for editorial projects produced for distribution on all ACLU platforms.
  • Stage articles on all ACLU platforms, including and Apple News
  • Prepare research reports through standard internet research; online databases, like Westlaw; and library research as needed.
  • Find stories from ACLU affiliates that the editorial team should commission articles for publication on ACLU platforms.
  • Generate content metrics reports for the editorial team.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction.
  • Have a strong commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Proven interest in civil liberties and civil rights, the law, politics, and/or activism
  • Attention to detail a must.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Associated Press style.
  • Knowledge of Google Drive and associated applications a plus.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.



Please send a cover letter and resume to  Reference [Communications-Editorial Internship] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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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, veteran status record of arrest or conviction.

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