As an intern with the ACLU of Virginia Advocacy Team, you will work with ACLU-VA policy specialists to advance our agenda across a wide variety of subject matters. Summer Advocacy interns will collect data and conduct analysis and research in criminal legal areas to inform future strategies and tactics. Interns may also engage with community members, create educational materials, and assist in the preparation of reports or other advocacy documents.
Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in thinking critically, analyzing and digesting large amounts of information, and helping to create or implement policy recommendations at the local or statewide level. Students will also gain a much better understanding of current criminal legal and voting rights policy issues.
The ACLU of Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our team and want to involve all those who can contribute to our inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, ability and veteran status. Persons with a disability may request accommodation.
Skills & Qualifications
Applicants must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student during the duration of the internship period. College and graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be able to articulate an interest in criminal legal reform, voting rights, or a different civil liberty or civil rights issue that they care about, have experience writing or researching complex subjects, and be excited to support the ideals of the ACLU. Qualified applicants love to learn, are enthusiastic and detail-oriented; have excellent research, communication, and interpersonal skills; and can quickly analyze large sums of information and write in a clear and concise manner.
Compensation & Schedule
This Summer Advocacy Internship position is full-time for a minimum of 300 hours. Part-time internships are not available during the summer. ACLU-VA office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm M-F. Interns will be paid a rate of $18/hour and are encouraged to apply for academic credit.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the hiring cycle as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Applications from all interested students are welcome. Applications must be in PDF format and include the following: (1) Cover Letter that includes a statement about (a) why you want to work at the ACLU of Virginia, and (b) a civil liberties issue that interests you and why; (2) Resume; and (3) Writing Sample. The writing sample must be no more than five pages. The writing sample must reflect the applicant’s own abilities and should not have been substantially edited by another person.
How to Apply:
Please submit all materials and answer all questions via this Internship Application Form. Please have the above-mentioned PDF documents ready for upload before starting your application. If problems are encountered with the Internship Application Form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.