SUMMER 2018 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY, ACLUF, Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief Washington, DC

Legal Internships
District of Columbia
September 12, 2017


Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief
Washington, 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 Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief (PFRB) of the ACLU’s National Office in Washington, DC seeks a legal intern for the Summer of 2018. The ACLU provides a $5,000 stipend to law student summer interns who work full-time at the ACLU for 10 weeks. If students receive funding from their law schools in an amount that is less than $5,000 the ACLU will provide a stipend to cover the shortfall in their funding, up to $5,000. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.



The Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief is a division of the national ACLU. It is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, and freedom of religion and belief. The Center for Liberty is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.

The Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief is designed to safeguard the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty by ensuring that laws and governmental practices neither promote religion nor interfere with its free exercise. Building on the ACLU’s near-century of work defending these constitutional principles, the Program employs an integrated strategy of litigation, public education, and advocacy.


The Summer 2018 legal internship is full-time and typically requires a 10 week full-time commitment.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working closely with the Program staff. Interns will learn about all aspects of the Program’s work, including litigation, public education, and advocacy, and will gain experience by:

  • Conducting legal research and factual investigation.
  • Drafting of memoranda, complaints, discovery materials, and briefs.
  • Responding to ACLU affiliates, private attorneys, governmental entities, and others who seek the ACLU’s help.
  • Screening potential cases and researching or drafting materials for public education.


This Legal Internship is open to all law students who possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • The ability to work with a wide range of people.
  • A strong interest and commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues.


Applicants should send a cover letter describing their interest in religious liberty and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume; three references; an official or unofficial transcript; and a legal writing sample, no more than 10 pages in length, via email to - reference [Summer 2018 PFRB Legal Internship/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief 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.

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, and veteran status.

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