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Spring 2023 Democracy & Civic Engagement Internship

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27d ago

🚀 Off-cycle Internship

San Francisco +1

💻 Remote

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  • You need to be a law school student to apply for the ACLU's Democracy & Civic Engagement Internship. They accept 1-2 interns per term.
  • You will conduct legal research, draft court documents, investigate legal claims, and support litigation and policy work focused on voting rights, the First Amendment, and open government.

Off-cycle Internship

LegalSan Francisco, Sacramento


  • The ACLU of Northern California’s Legal-Policy Department invites law students to apply for its Democracy & Civic Engagement Internship. Students willing to work with intensity and focus will find an internship at ACLU NorCal a rewarding learning experience. Qualified applicants are enthusiastic, creative, and detail-oriented; have strong research, writing, and oral communication skills; and can articulate a commitment to work for social justice and the ideals of the ACLU. 

About the Legal-Policy Department:

  • The Legal-Policy Department promotes policy change and pursues cutting edge impact litigation to defend and expand the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The Department’s work focuses on six broad program areas: Criminal Justice; Democracy & Civic Engagement; Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Justice; Immigrants’ Rights; Racial & Economic Justice; and Technology & Civil Liberties. The Department’s staff is based in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno. Department staff work closely with other departments within ACLU NorCal, including Organizing, Communications, Development, Finance & Administration, as well as with ACLU California Action.


  • Applicants must currently be attending law school. The Legal-Policy Department accepts one to two Democracy & Civic Engagement Interns per term.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Democracy & Civic Engagement Interns work directly with one or more attorneys in support of the Program’s litigation and policy work, which focuses on voting rights, the First Amendment, and open government. Interns are responsible for conducting legal research, as well as for drafting legal memoranda, court documents, pre-litigation demand letters, and public records act requests. Additionally, interns may be asked to investigate facts and possible legal claims arising from intakes received via the Civil Liberties Hotline.
  • When possible, interns will attend appellate arguments, trial proceedings, and depositions. Interns are also encouraged to participate in regular meetings with team members and with Department staff to discuss litigation and policy strategies. At times, assignments may arise that provide interns the opportunity to work across the Department’s six broad program areas, including in the areas of Racial and Economic Justice, Technology and Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, and Immigrants’ Rights.


Work type

Full time

Work mode



San Francisco, Sacramento