Fall 2022 Legal Intern, National Prison Project
ACLU - Internships1.0
Washington, DC
Job description




The National Prison Project of the ACLU's National Office has openings for Legal Internships in Washington, D.C. (remote) The interns will primarily be working closely with a team of NPP staff attorneys, litigation fellows, paralegals, and campaign strategist to create change in prison conditions through class action litigation and strategic legislative and advocacy campaigns.

The National Prison Project works to ensure that conditions in prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers, and immigration detention facilities comply with the Constitution, domestic law, and international human rights principles. The Project has successfully litigated on behalf of incarcerated people in more than 25 states, and is the only organization litigating conditions of confinement cases nationwide. Our priorities include reducing overcrowding, improving health care, eliminating violence and maltreatment, and increasing oversight and accountability in prisons, jails, and other places of detention. We also work to reverse the policies that have given the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world and led to extreme over-representation of people of color in the incarcerated population.

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.


  • Time Commitment: A Fall internship requires either a part-time commitment of 10, 15, or 20 hours per week or a full-time commitment of 35 hours per week.
  • Internship Duration: Part-time internship are a 12-week period. Full-time internships are a 10-week period. Fall interns are expected to start September 12 or September 26, 2022.
    • Fall: September-December
  • Stipend: A stipend is available for those students who do not receive course credit and are lawfully authorized to work. 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:
    • 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.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the National Prison Project team. The interns will assist staff in criminal justice and prison reform litigation and advocacy work. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Legal research and writing.
  • Litigation support for class action prisoner right's litigation.
  • Support for integrated advocacy campaigns for criminal justice and corrections reform.
  • Other projects as assigned


This internship is open to all students who are enrolled into law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:

  • Commitment to prisoner's rights and civil rights work.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills.
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Valid work authorization for those seeking a stipend from the ACLU

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

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 benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. 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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