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About American Civil Liberties Union

Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization with more than 500,000 members and supporters.  The ACLU is dedicated to defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States.  It challenges and publicizes civil liberty violations through court battles and media coverage.

Internships with the National Legal Department of the ACLU exposes participants to the world of public interest law.  The program provides interns with the chance to work on racial justice, national security, human rights and First Amendment issues.  Non-legal internships are also available in the areas of human resources and communications/media relations, among others.


Open to undergraduate students and recent grads.  Applicants should have an interest in social and legal issues, excellent writing and communication skills.  Non-U.S. citizens are eligible.  Check the website for specific program qualifications.

American Civil Liberties Union

Undergraduate Internship Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 549-2694


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates


Atlanta, GA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Washington, DC