Hours per week

15 hours per week



Start Date



District of Columbia
District of Columbia
United States


The ACLU of the District of Columbia seeks a legal intern to work part-time during the Fall 2018 school semester, ideally as part of a law school program through which the student will receive credit. Legal interns gain a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to the legal work of one of the nation’s major advocacy organizations. Virtually all work involves civil liberties or civil rights and constitutional law. Duties include:

·        Conducting legal and policy research;

·        Drafting memoranda, pleadings, and motions;

·        Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims;

·        Assisting with non-litigation advocacy work, such as testimony before our local legislature;

·        Other projects as assigned.

When possible, legal interns attend court proceedings, depositions, and client meetings involving ACLU staff.


The ACLU of the District of Columbia (ACLU-DC) is the Washington, D.C. affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a national nonprofit organization devoted to the protection of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1961, the ACLU-DC is one of the District’s premier public advocacy organizations, focusing on issues that arise within the District of Columbia or that involve the federal government in areas such as criminal law reform, racial justice, freedom of speech and religion, LGBT rights, gender equality, the rights of federal workers, and prisoner’s rights. We advance civil liberties through litigation, legislation and public education. To learn more about the work of the ACLU-DC and the principles we uphold, please visit www.acludc.org.

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 and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by the D.C. Human Rights Act or federal employment law.

The ACLU of the District of Columbia comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia and the ACLU Foundation of the District of Columbia, with the same overall mission. The entities are separate to enable the ACLU-DC to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. 

How To Apply



Required materials: (1) cover letter explaining your interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as the requirements of your school externship program and the number of hours you can commit weekly (minimum 15 hours), (2) resume, (3) names and telephone numbers of two references, (4) law school transcript, and (5) writing sample, which should be practical rather than academic (documents analyzing a specific legal problem in the context of real or hypothetical litigation are preferable to law review articles) and not edited by others. Please email these materials in two PDFs — one PDF containing items (1)-(4) and the other containing item (5) — to hr@acludc.org, with the subject line, “2018 Fall Legal Internship.” No calls, please. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.