The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. and Arizona constitutions. Founded in 1959, the ACLU of Arizona places great emphasis on the role of communications in framing the debate around civil liberties issues and building support for civil liberties in Arizona. The ACLU of Arizona invites applications for a semester-long (fall, spring or summer terms) Communications Internship.


A Communications Internship at the ACLU of Arizona provides students with an opportunity to actively work on journalism- and public relations-related projects on a wide variety of highly-publicized civil liberties issues, including immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, First Amendment, reproductive freedom and criminal justice reform. The Communications will be supervised by the ACLU of Arizona Communications Director. A commitment of approximately 10 weeks is requested, although the specific length and terms of the internship will be negotiated when an offer is made. This internship is unpaid, with the opportunity to earn school credit. Work will be approximately 16 hours/week.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the positions are filled. All positions are temporarily remote while the ACLU of Arizona offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The responsibilities of the Communications Intern will include:

  • Providing assistance in tracking current events pertinent to the organization’s agenda;
  • Tracking media coverage of ACLU issues and initiatives;
  • Drafting social media content;
  • Updating the ACLU of Arizona’s Web site;
  • Performing other duties integral to the ACLU of Arizona’s mission; and
  • Producing public education materials by conducting research, drafting outlines, building lists, and supporting the distribution of materials.


  • College and graduate students pursuing degrees in graphic design, digital media, marketing, communications, mass media, and/or advertising are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should have excellent research, writing and communications skills.
  • Attention to detail, excellent organization and time-management skills.
  • Applicants must be computer savvy, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and website content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress.
  • Demonstration of news gathering and show an aptitude for visual and written storytelling. Enthusiastic, creative and the ability to work independently.
  • An interest in political science, the legislative process, communication/media relations and current events.
  • Commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice and to the mission of the ACLU of Arizona.


Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and a writing and/or multimedia sample. Please note “Summer Internship” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls or walk-ins, please. The cover letter should include your availability and your specific interests in civil liberties. Please submit all materials by emailing ACLU of Arizona Communication Director Marcela Taracena at  

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.  

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.


With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, the ACLU fights tirelessly in the courts, legislatures, and through community engagement to ensure that all individuals’ rights are protected. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of lawyers, public policy experts, lobbyists, community organizers, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU of Arizona comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona are statewide organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees. The ACLU of Arizona has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU-AZ.”  To learn more about the work of the ACLU, please visit and