Spring 2019 Undergraduate / Graduate Internship - Editorial, Communications, NY in New York

Spring 2019 Undergraduate / Graduate Internship - Editorial, Communications, NY
American Civil Liberties Union
New York NY USA

Job Details

Updated on 2019-07-22

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Communications Department, NY

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 ACLU’s Communications Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks applicants for its Spring 2019 Undergraduate/Graduate Internship. Individuals are encouraged to seek outside funding for the internship. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit. 




The ACLU’s Communications Department seeks Editorial Interns for the spring semester of 2019. The internship can be either full-time (five days/35 hours a week) or part-time (three or four days a week/20 hours a week). Please specify in your cover letter whether you are seeking a full-time or part-time internship. Candidates seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism are highly encouraged to apply.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Communications Department’s Editorial Team on the following:

  • Provide research and fact-checking support for editorial projects produced for distribution on all ACLU platforms
  • Stage articles on all ACLU platforms, including Medium.com
  • Prepare research reports through standard internet research; online databases, like Westlaw; and library research as needed
  • Find stories from ACLU affiliates that the editorial team should commission articles for publication on ACLU platforms
  • Generate content metrics reports for the editorial team
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction
  • Have a strong commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Write and edit content for the ACLU website


  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Proven interest in civil liberties and civil rights, the law, politics, and/or activism
  • Attention to detail a must
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Associated Press style
  • Knowledge of Google Drive and associated applications a plus
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU



Please send a cover letter describing your interest in the editorial internship and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during college/graduate school; a resume; and a list of three references to . Reference [Spring 2019-Communications-Editorial Internship] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Communications-Editorial 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.”

Spring 2019 Undergraduate / Graduate Internship - Editorial, Communications, NY
American Civil Liberties Union
New York NY USA