Summer 2019 Graduate Internship - Research, Communications Department, NY

National InternshipsCommunications Internships
New York
May 7, 2019

American Civil Liberties Union
Communications Department, New York


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 seeks applicants for its ACLU Research Internship. This particular internship reports to the ACLU Director of Research. The internship is full-time and requires a 10-week commitment beginning in June. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit, but students with access to outside funding sources for the internship are encouraged to seek it. 



  • Develop and help manage database of current research literature, including conducting literature searches and reviews
  • Identify key scholars, think tanks, and advocacy organizations conducting relevant research and support development of connections with these individuals and organizations
  • Provide editing and proofreading support of materials for internal and external audiences, such as reports and presentations
  • Track impact of ACLU research reports through quantitative and qualitative metrics
  • Provide support to new research through research reviews, identification and assessment of data sources, and evaluation of potential methodologies
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Current graduate student in social sciences (e.g. sociology, criminology, public health, economics, public policy), with a focus in criminal justice, voting rights, or immigrant rights
  • Training and experience in empirical research methods, quantitative and/or qualitative
  • Interest in using research to further social justice
  • Interest in working in applied research at a non-profit, civil rights organization
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong editing and writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, comfort in using technology, such as video conferencing
  • Demonstrate a commitment working in an 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
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU



Please send a cover letter describing your interest in research and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during graduate school; a current resume; and a list of three references to

Reference [ACLU Research Internship] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to ACLU 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.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and 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: Correspondence 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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