Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLU Washington Legislative Office, DC

October 4, 2013

American Civil Liberties Union
Washington Legislative Office, DC

For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the ACLU seeks applicants for legal interns for the Summer of 2014 in Washington, D.C.


Founded in 1952, the Washington National Office is responsible for advancing the civil liberties agenda of the national organization before Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as working with ACLU affiliates on state legislatures.

The Summer Legal Internship requires a 10-12 week commitment and is full-time. Students are highly encouraged to seek Public Interest Fellowship funds for the internship.  Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.  Summer interns who are not eligible for course credit, or who do not secure funding from outside sources will receive a stipend paid by the Washington Legislative Office.


Legal interns will have the opportunity to work on a variety of issues.  Working closely with the Lobbyists, whose area of focus matches a specific civil liberties issue area, interns will gain exposure to all aspects of litigation and legislative/policy work including:

  • Researching civil liberties implications of legislative proposals and track related legislation.
  • Working with attorneys to draft testimony for Congressional hearings.
  • Attending hearings and preparing written reports.
  • Attending coalition meetings as necessary with the lead lobbyist.
  • Researching and drafting issue statements for posting on the ACLU’s web site, in newsletters and action alerts.
  • Other projects as assigned.


The internship is open to all second and third year law students  who have completed coursework in constitutional law and possess:

  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently, a high degree of motivation and the initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • An understanding of constitutional law & legal research.
  • A commitment to civil liberties and a demonstrated interest in a specific area of legislation.


Applicants should send their cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample of 5-7 pages to reference [Summer 2013 WLO 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 Reproductive Freedom Project postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job posting.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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, and veteran status.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Correspondence sent to this email 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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