Fall 2019 Media Undergraduate / Graduate Internship – Communications Department, DC

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Aug 06, 2019
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Fall 2019 Media Undergraduate / Graduate Internship – Communications Department, DC



Title:  Fall 2019 Media Undergraduate / Graduate Internship

Office:  National Offices

Location:  Washington, DC

Posted:  Aug 5 2019



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Communications Department, DC



For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction.


The Communications Department of the ACLU’s National Office in Washington, DC has an opening for a Media Fall Internship starting in September of 2019.  The ACLU Communications Department is responsible for promoting the ACLU’s mission, its brand and its programs through media, our website, and social media. The Communications Internship offers the opportunity to learn about the breadth of the ACLU’s work and how the Communications Department supports it through branding, public relations and communications strategy, and producing content for the ACLU blog and website, multimedia and social media channels.



The Fall 2019 Undergraduate Internship requires a semester-long commitment and can be full-time or part-time with a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.




Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the communications team. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate in creating strategies to communicate our work.
  • Draft, edit, and post blog posts and website content.
  • Researching journalist coverage and advising communications staff about pitch angles and media targets.
  • Conduct research for various communications projects.
  • Prepare talking points, press materials, report materials and other communications.
  • Conduct research into social media and digital campaign best practices.
  • Prepare media lists and media coverage reports of team activities.
  • Assist with media outreach.
  • Participate in strategy discussions and meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.




The internship is open to students who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the ACLU. Applicants should possess:

  • A strong interest in working on nonprofit communications.
  • Coursework or employment related to the Internship.
  • Experience in social media.
  • Keen interest in current events, news reporting and writing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research.
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • Commitment to civil liberties and to the work of ACLU.



Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.


This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.


The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.





A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.