Intake Counselor Internships

Intake Counselor internships are available in the legal department of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. A six month commitment is required, with a minimum of 12 hours each week.

Interns review and investigate complaints alleging violations of civil liberties and assist callers on the ACLU Intake and Referral Line. They address a broad spectrum of issues, including free speech, student discipline, police practices, criminal law, and jail and prison conditions.

Intake Counselor interns learn interview and investigation skills, explore a variety of civil liberties and constitutional law issues, and become familiar with the work of a wide range of government agencies and community organizations. The Intake Counselor internship provides excellent experience for individuals contemplating careers in public service, law, or public policy.

Applicants should have an interest in civil liberties, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and excellent writing skills. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, list of three references (preferably with e-mail addresses), and a writing sample of approximately three pages in length to: or to P.O. Box 2728, Seattle, WA 98111-2728.

Please include the season you are applying for in the subject line of your email. 

Deadlines by Season: 

Spring (start date in April), applications due February 24th, 2020
Summer (start date at the end of June), applications due May 29th, 2020
Fall (start date at the end of September), applications due September 1st, 2020
Winter (start date in January), applications due November 20, 2021