Spring 2020 Legal Intern, Capital Punishment Project

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Durham, NC, USA
  • Oct 22, 2019
Intern Law

Job Description

The Capital Punishment Project of the ACLU’s National Office in Durham, NC seeks applicants for its Spring 2020 Legal Internship. 

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.


Legal interns in the Capital Punishment Project (CPP) are integrated as part of the team, with the internship offering the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation.

The internships require a semester-long commitment, and can be a full time position or a part time position with a minimum of 10 hours per week.

 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. Interns assist with case research and drafting legal memos and points.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the CPP team on:

  • Conducting legal and policy research
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs
  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims
  • Researching and drafting materials for public education
  • Other tasks as assigned 


This Internship is open to law students who will have completed their first semester of law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • Interest in the abolition of the death penalty
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice

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

Please apply with a cover letter, describing your interest in capital punishment reform and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume; and a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length)

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 educational institutions for work/study or course credit.