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Summer 2022 internships are REMOTE

Human Rights Program, NY

The Human Rights Program of the National ACLU has an opening for a Legal Internship in New York, NY (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 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 mission of the Human Rights Program (HRP) is to integrate a human rights framework into ACLU advocacy and to use international law and accountability mechanisms, human rights documentation, and strategic litigation to effect change in U.S. law and policy as well as to seek remedies for victims. HRP is engaged in a campaign to end mass incarceration in the U.S., including the use of excessive and racially biased punishments.


Interns will have the opportunity to conduct human rights and legal research and to work on all aspects of domestic and international advocacy HRP is working on.

  • Time Commitment: The internship requires a full-time commitment of 35 hours per week.
  • Internship Duration: Full-time internships are a 10-week period. Summer interns are expected to start May 31 or June 13, 2022.
  • 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 summer 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.
    • Summer: $7,500 for law students.

Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Human Rights Program team on the following:

  • Conducting legal and policy research
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs
  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims
  • Researching and drafting materials for public education and human rights documentation
  • Researching and drafting materials for advocacy before regional and international human rights bodies
  • Other projects as assigned

The internship is open to current law students. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social justice, and international human rights
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • 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, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Knowledge and experience using the human rights framework and the international human rights system are a plus
  • Knowledge and experience working criminal legal system and policing issues are a plus.

We ask candidates to submit their applications via our Greenhouse portal (accessible by clicking "Apply for this job" at top right of this job description). Applications should include:

  • Cover letter discussing your qualifications, interest in HRP, and commitment to human rights and criminal law reform work; and
  • Current resume; and
  • Writing sample

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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