Interns

Internship Opportunities

ACLU-DE seeks highly motivated students for internship positions throughout the year for work involving a wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues. We currently offer general internships and legal internships for law school students.

InternsEligibility

An applicant for a general internship must be a graduate student, an undergraduate student or have graduated from college within 6 months of beginning the internship. An applicant for a legal internship must be a law student or a recent law school graduate.

Applicants who are not eligible for an internship are encouraged to apply for our Volunteer Program.

General Information

Fall and winter interns should expect to commit at least 8-10 hours per week during the semester. Summer internships are full-time internships and last 10-12 weeks. Internships are unpaid. Interns are encouraged to apply for academic credit. Legal interns are encouraged to seek funds through public interest fellowships and with your law school for work-study stipends.

Although we cannot predict the number of interns we can hire throughout the year, we also have a number of volunteer opportunities available which can involve anything from short, discrete research projects to long-term projects.

Applicants for internships should have an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, excellent writing and communication skills, and the time, initiative and energy to see projects to completion.

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to submit an Internship Application Form. During the online application process, all applicants will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. If the candidate is selected for an interview, references and unofficial transcripts may also be requested.

Writing samples must be provided in either Adobe Acrobat (PDF) or Microsoft Word format. They should be 3-5 pages long for general internship applicants. The writing sample must reflect the applicant’s own abilities, and should not have been edited by another person. Law students applying for our Legal Internship Program should provide a writing sample 5-10 pages long that demonstrates legal research and writing abilities.

Application Deadlines

Applications for internships are accepted at any time. Interested students are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. We will accept applications until the positions are filled.

We will begin reviewing applications on or around:

  • September 1 - for the full-time summer legal internship program
  • November 1 - for the winter/spring legal and general internship program
  • March 1 - for the full-time summer general internship program
  • June 1 - for the fall general and legal internship program

Interns

Although we cannot predict the number of interns we can hire throughout the year, we also have a number of volunteer opportunities available which can involve anything from short, discrete research projects to long-term projects.