Summer 2019 Undergraduate or Graduate Internship - National Political Advocacy Department

Undergraduate Internships
District of Columbia
December 17, 2018

Summer 2019 Undergraduate or Graduate Internship

American Civil Liberties Union 

National Political Advocacy Department, DC

Reports to the National Political Director


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 is one of the nation’s largest advocacy organizations, though it is better known for its success in the nation’s courtrooms.  The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) was created in 2015 to strengthen the work of the ACLU at the federal, state and local levels of government. This new department is harnessing the political power that comes from having more than one million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state.  By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative arena as it has accomplished through the courts.

The NPAD includes the ACLU federal office in Washington, DC and staff based in the national headquarters in New York City who support the advocacy work of the ACLU’s 53 affiliates.  The Washington Legislative office lobbies Congress, federal agencies and the White House.  Advocacy staff advise affiliates on policy, draft bills and talking points, design lobbying and issue campaigns, and provide advice on methods of public education and coalition building.   The Director of the NPAD leads a staff of 60 people including federal lobbyists, state advocacy advisors and issue campaign strategists. The Director works with ACLU senior staff to set legislative strategy.

The ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department seeks interns for the Summer of 2019.  This particular internship reports directly to the National Political Director and will work with him. The internship is full-time and requires a 10-week commitment beginning on June 3, 2019. A modest stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.



  • Demonstrated interest in social justice work
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and to complete projects
  • Highly motivated and organized
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU



Please send a cover letter and resume to . Reference [National Political Director Intern] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Please indicate where you learned of this job posting.

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.

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 record of arrest or conviction.   

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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