Policy Advocacy Internship Program

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The ACLU of Washington is pleased to offer part-time school year or full-time summer internships to interested undergraduate and law students for the Spring or Summer of 2018.  Located in downtown Seattle, the ACLU-WA works in the courts, legislature, and media to support and advance civil rights and civil liberties. Our Policy Advocacy Group includes specialists focused on criminal justice reform, youth policy, health care, immigration, and technology and liberty.
As an intern with the Policy Advocacy Group, you will work with ACLU-WA policy specialists to advance our agenda across a wide variety of subject matters.  Interns may conduct data analysis, social science, or legal research to help craft potential legislation and policy changes, draft and promote proactive legislation, analyze the impacts of existing laws and policy to support legal or advocacy challenges, identify and engage with key stakeholders, create educational materials, and assist in the preparation of reports, testimony or other advocacy documents. 
The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. 
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, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction.
  • Applicants should have strong writing and research skills, and a demonstrated interest in civil rights and civil liberties.  Applicants should also demonstrate good interpersonal and analytical skills. 
  • Applicants should have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate education.  Students in graduate programs and law students are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences.  
To apply, email a letter of application and resume to [email protected] and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Spring/Summer Intern.
Positions are filled on a rolling basis.  We encourage interested students to apply early.  People of color, women, LGBTQIA people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington.”