American Civil Liberties Union
Work Site Location: 
New York, NY
Job Description: 

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 500,000 members dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Center for Democracy in the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks applicants for the Summer Undergraduate Internship.  The Center for Democracy, which houses the National Security Project, the Human Rights Program, and the Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology,  works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The National Security Project advocates for national security policies that are consistent with the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, and fundamental human rights. The Project litigates cases relating to detention, torture, discrimination, government surveillance, censorship, and secrecy. The Human Rights Program is dedicated to holding the U.S. government accountable to its international human rights obligations and commitments. The Program uses a human rights framework to complement existing ACLU legal and legislative advocacy and to advance social justice in the areas of national security, immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, racial justice, the death penalty and children’s rights.

The Project on Speech, Privacy and Technology is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that  individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. Our Undergraduate Internship requires an 8 to 12 week commitment. The internship is full-time, with weekly hours negotiable. Interns are highly encouraged to obtain funding from outside sources, as the internship is unpaid. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.


Our undergraduate internship program is designed to provide interns with the opportunity to learn about public interest work. Interns will work under the direct supervision of the Center for Democracy’s paralegals and will have the opportunity to gain experience while interacting with other staff members on a range of significant issues and projects. Interns will gain experience by working on the following: Assisting with factual research on issues relating to national security,human rights, and free speech, privacy and technology; Providing assistance in the preparation, production, and development of advocacy materials; Providing assistance with litigation and advocacy projects. This internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, have completed their first year of college, and who possess the following: Excellent research, writing and communications skills; The initiative to see projects through to completion; Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including web-based research; Demonstrated interest in social justice, human rights, and legal issues and a commitment to civil liberties.

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Application Deadline: 
Please contact the Coordinator of Experiential Learning at 716.338.1381 as soon as you are interested in pursuing this internship. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

To apply for this internship, please contact the Office of Experiential Learning at 716.338.1381 or use this contact form.