2019 Spring Legal Internship, Washington Legislative Office, DC in Washington D.C.

2019 Spring Legal Internship, Washington Legislative Office, DC
American Civil Liberties Union
Washington D.C. DC USA

Job Details

Updated on 2019-07-22




Washington Legislative Office, DC


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 American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 500,000 members dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s civil rights laws. The ACLU is widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier public interest law firms. The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the ACLU seeks applicants for legal interns for the Spring of 2019 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.



Our Spring Legal Internship requires a 12-14 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. Spring interns who do not secure funding may be eligible to receive a stipend.



Legal interns will work on a wide variety of issues.  Working closely with the Legislative Counsels and other Lobbyists, whose area of focus matches the candidate’s specific area of civil liberties interest, interns will assist in all aspects of legislative and policy work including but not limited to:

  • Researching and analyzing implications of legislative and policy proposals and tracking legislation, regulations, and policy drafts
  • Assisting in drafting testimony for Congressional hearings, regulatory comments, and official communications to Congress or Executive Branch officials
  • Attending hearings and preparing written reports on actions
  • Attending coalition meetings and preparing written reports
  • Researching and drafting issue statements for posting on the ACLU’s web page, newsletters and/or action alerts
  • Other projects as assigned



Second and third year law students are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants must possess:

  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Strong motivation and the initiative to see projects through to completion
  • An understanding of constitutional law & legal research
  • Completed course work in constitutional law desirable
  • A commitment to the support of civil liberties or civil rights; demonstrated interest in a specific area of legislation or policy related to current issues in civil liberties or civil rights



Please send a cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample of 5-7 pages to   reference [Spring 2019 WLO Legal Internship/W] in subject line.   Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Washington Legislative Office 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.

Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Applications will be 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.”

2019 Spring Legal Internship, Washington Legislative Office, DC
American Civil Liberties Union
Washington D.C. DC USA