Internships With the Immigrants Rights Project

Part-Time Internship Opportunities Available

American Civil Liberties Union Legal Director Steven R. Shapiro
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to follow the guidelines of the U.S. Constitution by promoting liberty and equality for all people within the country. The Immigrant Rights Project (IRP) of the ACLU office uses various modes of litigation, advocacy, and public outreach to protect the rights and liberties of all U.S. immigrants. The IRP works to defend the rights of U.S. immigrants and works to enforce the Constitution with the goal of providing equality and justice to all.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations that share their offices, and both are considered part of the ACLU. This internship posting relates to both organizations under the same name of “ACLU.”

The Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) is a national project of the American Civil Liberties Union with offices in both New York and California. Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy, and public outreach, the Project carries on the ACLU’s commitment to protecting the rights and liberties of all U.S. immigrants.

The ACLU Internship

This internship is part-time and 12–16 weeks long. Students can arrange to complete this internship as a work study or for course credit depending on the policies of their individual college or university. This internship is unpaid but offers a great opportunity for students interested in human rights and public service to gain exposure to the field.


An internship with the American Civil Liberties Union offers students a chance to work on a wide range of issues and projects relating to the immigrant population in the United States. Interns will get an opportunity to assist both attorneys and Immigrants’ Rights staff by working in close proximity with them on a daily basis.

Tasks and Assignments

  • Interns will handle written and telephone inquiries from persons seeking legal assistance.
  • Interns will provide assistance in the preparation of case files and the compiling of press files.
  • Interns will assist with factual research and provide assistance to the department.
  • Interns will provide assistance in the preparation of complaints and briefs.
  • Interns will complete other projects as assigned.


  • The IRP internships are open to all currently enrolled full-time college students who have already completed their first year of studies
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong research skills, including internet research.
  • Demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and a strong interest in social justice and legal issues.


All internships are located in New York and San Francisco.

To Apply

All candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and a non-fiction writing sample in PDF format (no more than 5 pages). Applicants must indicate their office of choice in the Subject line of the email and send all application materials to Applicants interested in both offices must indicate this in the cover letter and must submit two separate applications. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until each internship is filled.