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




The National Prison Project of the National ACLU has openings for an Undergraduate Internship in Washington, DC (Remote).

Founded in 1972 by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Prison Project (NPP) seeks to ensure constitutional conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, and immigration detention facilities. The Project seeks to promote the rights of incarcerated people through class action litigation and public education. Its priorities include reducing prison overcrowding, improving medical care for incarcerated people, eliminating violence and maltreatment, and increasing oversight and accountability in prisons, jails, and other places of detention.

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 internships 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 Ph.D. students or equivalent experience.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working with the National Prison Project team. They will learn about creating change through prison reform litigation and advocacy work. Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with the production and distribution of advocacy materials
  • Conducting factual research and writing regarding the rights of incarcerated people and legislative movement
  • Gathering current information related to prison and jail conditions
  • Documenting and tracking complaints received from incarcerated people and responding with informational materials
  • Providing campaign and litigation support to supervising attorneys
  • Other projects as assigned


The internship is open to students who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree. Interns should possess the following:

  • A strong interest in the rights of incarcerated people and a commitment to civil rights
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, particularly web-based research including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel)
  • 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
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Valid work authorization for those seeking a stipend from 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 benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodation for the interview process.

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