Summer 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Equality Center, Disability Rights Unit, San Francisco

October 8, 2013

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Equality Center, Disability Rights Unit, San Francisco

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 Equality Center – Disability Rights Unit of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City and San Francisco seeks applicants for the 2014 Summer Legal Internships


The ACLU has a long history of defending the rights of people with disabilities. It played a major role in securing passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ACLU has battled discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS and stood up for the voting rights of persons with disabilities in the ongoing debate over electoral reform. It has fought to obtain adequate health care and access to services for prisoners with disabilities across the country. The ACLU also established the right to treatment for persons with mental illness who are involuntarily committed.   


Our Summer Legal Internships require a 10-12 week commitment and are full-time. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit. 


Our Legal Internship program is designed to provide legal interns with the opportunity to learn about public interest law, with a disability rights focus. Interns will work closely with the Equality Center – Disability Counsel.   Legal interns will gain experience by:

  • Providing legal research, analysis, and writing.
  • Conducting Internet and other factual research and collaborate with staff in preparing background memoranda on selected policy issues.
  • Collecting and analyzing statistical and social science data for use in litigation and policy presentations.
  • Supporting outreach to disability organizations.
  • Supporting the development and maintenance of website materials and other public information outlets.
  • Working on special projects and other duties as assigned.


The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in law school, have completed their first year, and who possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing and communications skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Internet research.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience with disability rights law, legislative lobbying, and personal experience with disability preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues. 


Please send a letter of interest, a resume, a writing sample (less than five pages), and the names and phone numbers of two references to - reference [2014 Summer Legal Internship – Equality Center- Disability/ACLU-W] in subject line. This email address is specific to Equality Center – Disability Rights Unit 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:

American Civil Liberties Union
RE: [2014 Summer Legal Internship – Equality Center/ACLU-W]
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

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

Applications will be accepted until the internship is filled. Students are encouraged to apply soon.

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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