Summer 2018 Graduate/Undergraduate Internship, Data & Analytics Department, New York, NY

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April 4, 2018


Summer 2018 Graduate/Undergraduate Internship

American Civil Liberties Union

Data & Analytics Department, 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 preserving the right to have an abortion, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote, 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.


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The ACLU Analytics team seeks interns for summer 2018. The internship is full-time and lasts for 10-12 weeks, timing negotiable between May and August 2018. A modest stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Some students may qualify for relocation assistance for travel and housing of up to $1,500, which will be deducted from their ACLU stipend.

Our interns will help our analytics team to drive quantitative analyses that will transform the way the nationwide organization achieves its mission. This includes creating analyses and visualizations to support strategic and operational decision making across advocacy, constituent engagement, and fundraising; as well as quantitative research to support legal and program work. Interns will also have opportunities to work with experienced data scientists and develop skills building and deploying models both in a business context and on ACLU priority issues.



  • Work with analysts and data scientists to build analyses, models, and charts for use in business decision making in support of the ACLU’s strategic goals
  • Wrangling and analyzing business (e.g., fundraising, communications) and program (e.g., immigration, voting rights) data
  • Learning and using advanced analytics tools and languages (e.g., R, Python, SQL)
  • Demonstrating 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, socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts



  • Undergraduate or graduate student in a quantitative field (e.g., Statistics, Econometrics, Economics, Data Science, Mathematics, Computer Science) or significant quantitative coursework (e.g., Linear Algebra, Statistics, Programming)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Familiarity with Python or R, or similar analytics and programming languages
  • Familiarity with Tableau and other visualization software a plus
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Passion for civil liberties and civil rights, especially regarding privacy and the fight against discrimination.



Please send a cover letter and resume to hrjobsdata@aclu.orgPlease reference Summer 2018 Undergraduate/Graduate Internship/ACLU-W in the subject line and identify the Data & Analytics Department as where you wish to be placed.


Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this opportunity.


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.

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.

Applicants are not required or expected to provide any current salary and compensation information, or salary history during any phase of the recruitment process. Job candidates may provide salary expectations or request information regarding the salary for the position(s) to which they are applying.

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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