The ACLU of Virginia seeks highly motivated students for internship positions throughout the year for work involving a wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues.  


Internships are available for undergraduate or graduate students looking for valuable job experience, mentoring from supportive colleagues, and exposure to new ideas.  We are currently seeking applicants for the following internship opportunities:


Fall 2019 Policy Internship


Location: Richmond, VA

Position Overview:

As an intern with ACLU of Virginia Advocacy Team, you will work with our ACLU-VA Legislative Director to prepare for the General Assembly session and advance our policy agenda on criminal justice and voting rights issues primarily.  Fall Policy interns will help inform strategy by conducting trend analysis to determine voting patterns in key committees and conduct research to determine the civil liberties implications of different policies.  Interns may also engage with key stakeholders, create educational materials, attend strategy meetings, 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 data, and creating systems that capture complex information and generate clear takeaways for the user. Students will also gain a much better understanding of current criminal justice 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, disability, and veteran status.  Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.

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 justice and voting rights policy reform 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; can quickly analyze large sums of information with Microsoft Excel; and write in a clear and concise manner.

Applicants must show a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance. Qualified applicants will display a passion for working with community members and advocating for issues.  Any experience in grassroots organizing preferred.

People with personal experience with the criminal justice and/or immigration system, including the formerly incarcerated or close family members, are encouraged to apply for this position.

Compensation & Schedule

This Fall 2019 Advocacy Internship position is part-time for 15-20 hours/week and 150-300 hours total.  Full-time internships are not available during the school year.  ACLU-VA office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm M-F.  Interns who do not have access to other sources of funding will be paid a rate of $15/hour. Interns are encouraged to apply for academic credit and encouraged to seek funds through public interest fellowships before receiving funds from ACLU-VA.

Application Process

Fall internship applications will be accepted beginning August 1 for the upcoming fall term.  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 formant 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 criminal justice issue that interests you and why; and (2) Resume.

How to Apply:

Please submit all materials and answer all questions via this Internship Application Form. If selected for an interview, references may be requested at that time.  If problems are encountered with the Internship Application Form, please contact


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