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Winter/Spring 2022 Undergraduate Intern, National Political Advocacy Department (Organizing Division)



Winter/Spring 2022 Internships are REMOTE


The Organizing Division of the National ACLU National Political Advocacy Department (NPAD) has a remote openings for Undergraduate Internships (Remote).

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 and immigrant 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.


Our Winter/Spring intern team will support the ACLU's organizing operations, including national and state-specific campaigns. We seek to provide students with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of organizing, grassroots leadership development, and campaign planning and execution. Interns on the ACLU's Organizing Division frequently work on:

  • Ongoing priority campaigns to defend and advance civil rights and civil liberties across the country
  • Key legislative and electoral priorities on the state and national level
  • Developing and implementing national campaigns on priority ACLU issues
  • Supporting and scaling volunteer recruitment and membership engagement efforts
  • Contributing to our organizing responses to urgent and important social and political developments as they arise

Interns will have the opportunity to attend substantive meetings, events, and conversations on organizing, political campaigns, and broader ACLU work. This remote internship position is based in the ACLU's National Political Advocacy Department and will be supervised by organizers within the Organizing Division.

  • Time Commitment: A Fall or Winter/Spring internship requires a part-time commitment of 10, 15, or 20 hours per week or full-time commitment of 35 hours per week*
  • Internship Duration: Part-time internships are a 12-week period and full-time internships are a 10-week period. Winter/Spring interns are expected to start January 18 or January 31, 2022.
    • Winter/Spring: January – April
  • Stipend: A stipend is available for those students who do not receive course credit. 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 members of our national organizing team to execute local and national ACLU campaigns by:

  • Drafting written materials for campaigns
  • Immersing yourself in distributed and field organizing tactics to grow your organizing skills
  • Providing insight on team campaign plans
  • Evaluating and strengthening organizing team processes
  • Participating in volunteer-facing trainings and webinars on key organizing skills
  • Taking initiative by identifying additional projects you're interested in engaging on
  • Working collaboratively and respectfully with a diverse team of colleagues to co-create an inclusive and productive team culture
  • Other duties, as assigned


Must haves:

  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) and the ability to apply an EDIB analysis to the organizing work we engage in both internally and externally
  • A willingness to approach the work with a growth mindset and an ethos of learning-by-doing
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team to bring projects to successful completion
  • Demonstrated interest in organizing as a theory of change for driving social and political movements
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to meet clear deadlines
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
  • A commitment to the mission of the ACLU

Nice to haves:

  • Experience organizing or working on campaigns
  • Proficiency in programs like Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Slack.

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 If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.