Phoenix, AZ



The ACLU of Arizona seeks policy interns for the Summer or Fall 2021. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working in our Policy Department and assisting in all aspects of the ACLU-AZ’s policy advocacy.


As an intern with the ACLU of Arizona Policy Department, you will work to advance our agenda across a variety of civil rights and civil liberties issues. Interns may conduct data analysis, social science, or legal research to help craft potential legislation and policy changes, draft and promote proactive legislation, analyze the impacts of existing laws and policy to support legal or advocacy challenges, identify and engage with key stakeholders, create educational materials, and assist in the preparation of reports, testimony or other advocacy documents. 

We are willing to work with students to develop an internship experience that is either part-time or full-time and will work with students who are seeking work study or course credits for their internship. At this time, we are unable to offer stipends for internship positions.

We intend to offer two positions each for the Summer and Fall 2021. 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 internship is open to those who have completed at least two years of undergraduate education. Additionally, interns should possess the following:

  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Initiative to see projects through to completion
  • Attention to detail, excellent organization, and time-management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Good interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Students in graduate programs and law students are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences
  • Demonstrated interest in civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU of Arizona


Please submit a cover letter that describes your interest, a current resume, a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) and contact information for two references to the Office Coordinator at info@acluaz.org. Please note “Policy Internship” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

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: drobinson@acluaz.org. 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 www.acluaz.org and www.aclu.org.