Fall 2022 Undergraduate Intern, National Political Advocacy Department (Liberty Division)
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Washington, DC
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National Political Advocacy Department, DC

The National Political Advocacy Department of the National ACLU Liberty Division has openings for undergraduate interns in Washington, DC (remote).

The National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) works to strengthen the efforts of the ACLU at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The department harnesses the political power that comes from having more than eight million members and supporters, as well as affiliates in every state. By organizing grassroots lobbying and issue campaigns using modern tactics, the ACLU seeks to achieve change as profound in the legislative, administrative and electoral arenas as it has accomplished through the courts.

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.


Interns will have the opportunity to support the Division's efforts in developing and executing campaign goals, strategies, tactics, and budgets to reach policy outcomes at the local, state, and federal legislative levels, administrative advocacy, and electoral arenas. There will be opportunities to support and attend substantive meetings and events with staff from across ACLU departments, affiliates, and state and national partner organizations and conversations on Liberty Division priorities and broader ACLU work.

  • 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 full Liberty Division team, including legislative counsels and campaign strategists. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Supporting national staff to build campaign goals, strategies, tactics, and budgets to reach goals
  • Engaging in both issue campaign work and electoral work to advance reproductive freedom, gender justice, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, and religious liberty campaigns
  • Providing logistical support like research, agenda-building, facilitation, and note-taking for large-scale campaigns that help to achieve concrete policy objectives
  • Navigating relationships across departments internally, with affiliates, and with national and state partners toward shared campaign goals
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Other duties as assigned


Interns should possess the following:

  • Familiarity with and deep interest in campaigns, ideally with campaign experience
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, and highly organized
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice and 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 an accommodation for the interview process.

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