2L and 3L Fall Legal Internship
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For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks interns to work on active litigation and other projects in its New York office for the fall of 2013 .


The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU has been an established and recognized national leader in the field of voting rights for more than 40 years. Its docket includes litigation in more than a dozen states and encompasses issues such as minority voting rights, redistricting, registration, election reform, felon disfranchisement, voter education, and ballot access. Most recently, the Project has been engaged in groundbreaking litigation challenging onerous identification and proof of citizenship requirements for voting in various states, including South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The Project also intervened on behalf of minority voters in Shelby County v. Holder , a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; and conducted litigation to secure and protect the voting rights of Native Americans in Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.


The internship offers the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. It requires a minimum commitment of 12 to 16 hours per week and is part-time. Because this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek support for Public Interest Fellowship stipends. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Voting Rights Project team. Interns will gain experience by:

Working with project attorneys in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda, complaints, discovery materials, briefs, pleadings and other litigation documents.
Advising to ACLU affiliates, private attorneys, governmental entities, and others who seek the ACLU's help.
Screening potential cases.
Researching or drafting materials for public education.


The internship is open to second and third year law students who possess:

Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
The initiative and energy to see projects to completion.
The ability to work with a wide range of people.
An interest in civil rights.
The ability to work in a cordial and professional manner with staff members and other interns.


Please send a cover letter, resume, the names and telephone numbers of two references, and a legal writing sample of five to ten pages to: hrjobsVRPintern@aclu.org and reference [VRP Fall 2013 Legal Internship] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Voting Rights Project postings. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:
Law Student Intern Program
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
RE: VRP Fall 2013 Legal Internship
125 Broad Street, 18 th Floor
New York, NY 10004 >
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the internship is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsInclReq@aclu.org . Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

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