Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Capital Punishment Project, Durham, NC

November 19, 2013

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Capital Punishment Project, Durham, NC

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, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society. 

The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) of the ACLU’s National Office in Durham, N.C. seeks applicants for its Summer 2014 Legal Internship, which will begin in June 2014.


The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project’s litigation is conducted throughout the country, with a particular focus on the South. 


The Summer 2014 Legal Internship offers interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation.  The internship requires a 10-12 week commitment and is full-time.  Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for  a work/study stipend or course credit. 


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the CPP team on the following:

  • Conducting legal and policy research.
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
  • Researching and drafting materials for public education.


Thie Internship is open to first and second year law students who possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research.
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • Interest in the abolition of the death penalty.
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice.


Please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length), and a list of three references to Reference [CPP Summer 2014 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 Capital Punishment 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.

Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:

Jessica Poland
RE: CPP Summer 2014 Legal Internship/ACLU-W
American Civil Liberties Union
201 West Main Street, Suite 402
Durham, NC  27701

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

Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.  The deadline to apply is February 10, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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.  

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.

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