About Us // Job Opportunities

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia seeks dynamic individuals to join its team and help expand its statewide presence and accomplishments as the premier advocacy organization for civil liberties and civil rights in the Commonwealth.


About the ACLU of Virginia
Founded in 1968, the ACLU of Virginia is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with 10,000 members that protects and advances a broad range of constitutional rights, including free speech, religious liberty, privacy, reproductive freedom and equal justice for racial minorities, LGBT persons and immigrants. The ACLU of Virginia is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the country’s foremost advocate for the Bill of Rights.

All ACLU of Virginia employees work in the Richmond office that is a few blocks from the state capitol and federal and state courthouses.

The ACLU of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons to apply.

Job Opportunity

Tony Dunn Legal Fellow

The ACLU of Virginia is seeking a recent law school graduate with criminal law experience who is dedicated to civil liberties for appointment to its prestigious Tony Dunn Legal Fellowship. The Dunn Legal Fellow will be employed for two years to help expand the organization’s litigation capacity and advance our goal of significant reform of Virginia’s criminal justice system.   The Dunn Fellow will engage in all aspects of the ACLU of Virginia’s litigation program, and assume primary responsibility for at least one major criminal law reform project.   The Fellow will be required to complete a publishable paper as a requirement of the appointment.  (Read the full Tony Dunn Legal Fellow Job Announcement)

Application/Deadlines: To ensure full consideration for appointment as the Dunn Fellow, the ACLU of Virginia must receive by close of business on February 28th a cover letter describing the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the Fellowship together with a resume, a copy of the candidate’s law school transcript and a writing sample.  The successful candidate may begin work as early as April 1, 2014 and must begin work no later than June 1, 2014.  The compensation for the fellowship is competitive with similar opportunities in the public and non-profit sectors and includes full benefits (health insurance, disability insurance and paid time off).

Internship and Externship Opportunities

Public Policy and Communications Interns

The ACLU of Virginia seeks undergraduate or graduate students interested in non- profit communications, public relations, journalism, public policy, or advocacy for public policy and communications internships.  These internships are designed to give students the opportunity to experience firsthand the workings of a non-profit public policy and communications department.

Deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but should be submitted no later than March 15 for the fall semester, November 15 for the spring semester, and February 1 for the summer. 


Legal Interns/Externs

The ACLU of Virginia typically seeks two legal externs during the academic year, and two legal interns during the summer.  Interns/externs will be an integral part of the legal program, and will contribute as much and in as many ways as his or her ability allows.  Interns/externs will assist in the development of ACLU cases from initial intake, through interviews, factual investigation, and legal research, to litigation.

Deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but should be submitted no later than March 15 for the fall semester, October 1 for the spring semester, and February 1 for the summer.  


Ongoing Volunteer/Intern Opportunity

Graphic Design and Multimedia Volunteer/Intern

The ACLU of Virginia seeks volunteers interested in providing on-going graphic design and multimedia services.  This opportunity is ideal for students interested in building their portfolios or for professionals seeking to assist in the promotion of fundamental liberties in Virginia.