Phoenix, Arizona



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) Community Organizing and Engagement Internship.

Internship Overview

A Community Organizing and Engagement Internship at the ACLU of Arizona provides students with an opportunity to actively work on community engagement and advocacy projects on a wide variety of highly-publicized civil liberties issues, including immigrants’ rights, education, criminal justice, reproductive freedom and racial profiling. The Community Organizing and Engagement Intern will be supervised by the ACLU of Arizona Organizing 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.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support organizing efforts to amplify the stories of formerly incarcerated Arizonians as we educate the public on the urgent need for reform in the justice system.
  • Identify, cultivate, and support community volunteers who will lead campaigns to reform Arizona’s criminal justice system and promote racial justice.
  • Table and represent the ACLU at events, speaking with supporters and recruiting new supporters and volunteers.
  • Independent research related to advocacy campaigns and organizing goals.
  • Create and upkeep of databases and lists pertaining to volunteer recruitment and community partnerships.
  • Answer phone calls and help direct callers to appropriate staffers or online resources.
  • Assist with preparing for events and update supporter databases after events.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in community organizing and working directly with volunteers preferred.
  • Strong oral communications skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a strong plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and other basic software.
  • Familiarity with VAN.
  • Experience and willingness to work with people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ages, ideological positions, and religious views.

Individuals with knowledge of current political alignments and opportunities for collaboration specifically in Arizona with a broad range of groups and familiarity with the advocacy and community organizing landscape around the state strongly encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply 

  • Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and a writing and/or multimedia sample. The cover letter should include your availability and your specific interests in civil liberties. Please email all materials to ACLU of Arizona Political Director Tony Cani at tcani@acluaz.org
  • 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.


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