The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia is a private, non-profit organization that promotes civil liberties and civil rights for everyone in the Commonwealth through public education, litigation and advocacy with the goal of securing freedom and equality for all. We are an affiliate of the national ACLU, with which we share resources and expertise.

Internship Overview

Summary: The ACLU of Virginia seeks an undergraduate or graduate student interested in nonprofit communications to provide support for our Communications team. The intern will work on a variety of projects, including assisting in the management of our social media accounts and creating content for our social and traditional media work. In addition to his or her interactions with the communications team, the intern will have the opportunity to consult with staff from the national ACLU office and coalition partners.

Supervision: The intern will be supervised by the Director of Strategic Communications and will work with other staff, including attorneys and project directors.

Possible Projects:

  • Monitoring news coverage and creating weekly news summaries;
  • Monitoring and providing content for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube;
  • Researching and drafting press releases, blogs, letters to the editor, and additional communications materials;
  • Developing flyers and brochures and other graphic design projects;
  • Updating and maintaining the ACLU of Virginia website;
  • Assisting with photo and video opportunities;
  • Assisting with additional projects assigned by the communications team.


  • A creative, organized, and responsible nature;
  • Multi-tasking skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Self-confidence, with a sense of humor in order to maintain balance and perspective;
  • Undergraduate or graduate student;
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  • Minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week;
  • Proficient in MS Office, InDesign, and Photoshop is preferred;
  • Some HTML experience is highly desirable.

Commitment: The internship requires a 12-16 week commitment. The internship is part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable.

Credit/Fellowships/Compensation: Some academic programs allow students to earn credit hours through an ACLU of Virginia internship. Inquire about conditions and availability at your school. We are not able to offer a salary or hourly pay for interns, however, as a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the ACLU of Virginia may qualify as a work-study placement and we would work with a student who is in the Federal Work Study program.

Applications: In order to ensure a good fit, for both the ACLU of Virginia and the intern, please submit a resume, a cover letter, and brief writing sample. Please include a start and end date, as well as your hours of availability. The internship will be unpaid. Applicants for academic year internships should indicate if they’d like to have a semester-long or year-long commitment.

Deadlines: Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Bill Farrar, APR
Director of Strategic Communications
ACLU of Virginia
701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 1412
Richmond, VA 23219

To learn more about the ACLU, go to www.acluva.org or www.aclu.org.

The ACLU of Virginia is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Virginia encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.   Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.

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