American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Center for Democracy, NY Summer 2013 Legal Internship


The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Center for Democracy (CFD) of the ACLU’S National Office in New York City seeks legal interns in the areas of national security, human rights, and speech, privacy and technology for the Summer of 2013.

The ACLU’s Center for Democracy works to strengthen democratic values, promote human rights and ensure government accountability. The Center for Democracy includes the National Security Project, the Human Rights Program and the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project

The Summer 2013 Legal Internship offers Legal Interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The Internship requires a 10-12 week commitment and is full-time. Because this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek support for Public Interest Fellowship stipends. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit. Interns who do not secure funding may be eligible for a stipend provided by the Center.

Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Center’s attorneys. Interns will gain experience by:

  • Conducting legal research and factual investigation;
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits, and briefs;
  • Working on other projects as assigned. 

This Legal Internship is open to first and second year law students who possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills;
  • A strong commitment to human rights and civil liberties issues;
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion.

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship, a resume, three references, an official or unofficial transcript and a legal writing sample, no more than 10 pages in length, by email and reference [CFD Summer 2013 Legal Internship] in the subject line.

Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Center for Democracy postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials. 

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applications from second year law students must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2012. Applications from first year law students may be submitted beginning December 1, 2012 and must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2013.