Policy Advocacy Legislative Internship/Externship

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The ACLU is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to defending and expanding all civil liberties and civil rights in America. We work with our members and volunteers in the courts, legislature and media to conserve America's original civic values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) is located in downtown Seattle and has over 20,000 members across the state.  Our Policy Advocacy Group is supervised by our Deputy Director and includes our Legislative and Field Departments as well as our Technology and Liberty, Criminal Justice, and Education Equity Programs.  We promote and protect civil liberties by working with elected officials and government agencies on the state and local level.  We achieve our goals through lobbying and policy advocacy as well as educating our members and other activists about our issues and encouraging them to take action in support of our goals.

Subject Areas: free speech, free exercise of religion, campaign finance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, police practices, technology, education, voting rights, rights of the disabled, death penalty, drug policy, racial justice, discrimination, privacy, reproductive choice, and LGBT rights.


A Legislative Intern/Extern with the Policy Advocacy Group will work under the supervision of the Deputy Director and will assist the Legislative Director or other senior staff to draft and promote proactive legislation, research legal and policy challenges to legislation introduced by others, create educational materials, and assist in the preparation of testimony or other advocacy documents.  During the legislative session, the intern’s work will focus primarily on state legislation.


The intern will use his or her research skills to develop an in-depth understanding of civil liberties issues, policy advocacy, the legislative process and the art of messaging.  Excellent writing and communications skills required.  Applicants should have strong interests in civil liberties, constitutional law and policy advocacy. Candidates must have completed at least one year of law school.        


To apply, email resume, cover letter and writing sample to volunteerjobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email:  your last name and PAG Legislative Internship.  In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting.

The ACLU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified individuals of every race, creed, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.