Public Policy and Communications Intern–Summer 2013
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American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia is the commonwealth’s guardian of liberty, working to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU of Virginia is a private, non-profit organization that uses lobbying, litigation and public education to promote civil liberties and civil rights in the state. 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 non- profit communications, public relations, journalism, public policy, or advocacy for a public policy and communications internship. This internship is designed to give students the opportunity to experience firsthand the workings of a non-profit public policy and communications department.

The intern’s primary responsibility will be to work with the ACLU of Virginia’s Public Policy and Communications Department on a variety of projects. In addition to his or her interactions with the Public Policy and Communications Department, the intern will have the opportunity to consult with staff from the ACLU national office and coalition partners.

Possible projects include:
  • Drafting various communications materials including press releases, opinion editorials, letters to the editor, e-action alerts, and Know Your Rights materials;
  • Writing entries for the ACLU of Virginia’s Blog and organizing staff contributions;
  • Assisting in developing and disseminating marketing and publicity materials for the ACLU;
  • Updating the ACLU’s website as needed;
  • Tracking media coverage of ACLU issues and initiatives;
  • Conduct policy research on a variety of civil liberties issues;
  • Assist in researching and drafting pro-active legislation to advance the ACLU’s mission;
  • Researching, drafting, and creating original multimedia content.

Location and Supervision: Our internships are located in Richmond, VA. The intern will be supervised by the Director and Associate Director of Public Policy and Communications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and research skills;
  • Experience in journalism, marketing, web-publishing, and/or desktop publishing;
  • 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;
  • Excellent computer skills, including databases, word processing, spreadsheets, email and online communications.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the mission of the ACLU, civil liberties and civil rights issues.
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.

Credit/Fellowships: Our unpaid summer internship requires a nine-week commitment. Some academic programs allow students to earn credit hours through an ACLU internship during the school year or the summer. Inquire about conditions and availability at your school.
Applications: In order to ensure a good fit, for both the ACLU of Virginia and the intern, we ask that you submit a resume and a letter describing the relevant skills you possess and the specific issue area(s) that interest you. Please include a start and end date, as well as your hours of availability. The internship will be unpaid. Applications for summer 2013 will be considered on a rolling basis but should be submitted no later than March 31, 2013. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Katherine Greenier
Associate Director of Public Policy and Communications
ACLU of Virginia
530 E. Main St., Ste. 310
Richmond, VA 23219

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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.

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