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Fall 2021 Undergraduate Internship, Communications


New York (NY), or Washington (D.C.)

Date Posted: 7/21/21

The Communications Department of the National ACLU Media Team has openings for undergraduate internships in New York, NY or Washington, DC (both remote).

For 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 nearly two 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.

Internship Overview

The ACLU Communications Department is responsible for promoting the ACLU’s mission, its brand and its programs through media and brand partnerships. The Communications Internship offers the opportunity to learn about the breadth of the ACLU’s work and how the Communications Department supports it through branding, public relations and communications strategy, and producing content for the ACLU blog and website, multimedia and social media channels.

Note: This internship is primarily focused on overall communications strategy and earned media. Our digital team has internships that specifically focus on social media and multimedia that may also be of interest.

This intern will be supervised by a communications strategist and will work closely with our Communications Associate to provide daily, weekly and monthly reporting on our communications activities and support our strategic communications efforts.

  • Time Commitment: A Summer internship requires a full-time commitment of 35 hours per week. A Fall or Winter/Spring internship requires a part-time or full-time commitment 15, 20, or 35 hours per week*
  • Internship Duration: Part-time internships are a 12-week period and full-time internships are a 10-week period.
    • Fall: September – December
    • Winter/Spring: January – April
    • Summer: June – August
  • Stipend: A stipend is available for those students who do not receive course credit. Students who receive outside funding are eligible for a partial stipend to bring their total funding up to the level of ACLU’s stipend amount for that term, if applicable. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit. Below is the stipend breakdown by term:
    • Summer: $6,500 for undergraduate students or equivalent experience and $7,500 for graduate and law students or equivalent experience.
    • Winter/Spring/Fall: Stipends are calculated on number of hours and weeks worked. The hourly rate is $18.57 for undergraduate students or equivalent experience and $21.42 for graduate, law, and PhD students or equivalent experience.

Roles and Responsibilities
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Researching journalist coverage and advising communications staff about pitch angles and media targets
  • Prepare media lists and media coverage reports related to civil liberties issues and ACLU efforts
  • Assist with media outreach
  • Participate in strategy discussions and meetings and provide input on communications strategies
  • Prepare talking points, press materials, report materials and other communications in partnership with staff.
  • Draft, edit, and post blog posts and website content
  • Conduct research for various communications projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Qualifications
The internship is open to students who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree in one of the following majors: Communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, or English. Interns should possess the following:

  • A strong interest in working on nonprofit or political communications
  • Coursework or employment related to the Internship
  • Keen interest in current events, news reporting, and writing
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and conducting internet research
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and 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 committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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