Policy Advocacy Summer Internships

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 enshrined in the Constitution.
The ACLU of Washington is located in downtown Seattle and has 80,000 members, activists, and donors across the state.  The Policy Advocacy Group works on a variety of civil liberties issues. 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.
The primary subject areas for the Policy Advocacy Group include: Criminal Justice Reform, Education/Juvenile Justice, Immigrant Rights, Religious Restrictions in Health Care, and Technology and Liberty. 

Intern Duties

An intern with the Policy Advocacy Group will work under the supervision of a departmental director and the policy advocacy assistant 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. 

Desired Skills and Qualifications

The intern will use 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 are required. Applicants should have strong interests in civil liberties, constitutional law and policy advocacy. A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences is also expected. Candidates must have completed at least one year of law school or another graduate degree program in a relevant area.          


Interns who do not have access to other sources of funding will be given a $6000 stipend for a full-time, 10-week summer internship.  Interns will be asked to apply for other available funds before receiving funds from the ACLU-WA.

How to apply

To apply, email a letter of application and resume to policy@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and PAG Summer Internship.
In your application letter, please also include which subject area(s) you are interested in working on and whether you have any direct experiences in those areas. Candidates may work in one primary issue area or multiple issue areas.
Positions will be filled on a rolling basis and we encourage interested students to apply early.
Please note that there are multiple departments within the ACLU of Washington hiring for summer internships. Candidates who apply to multiple positions will be considered independently for each position.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and are committed to race equity in all aspects of our work.  The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction.  Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of Washington and the ACLU of Washington Foundation. The ACLU of Washington and the ACLU of Washington Foundation share the same mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington.”