Civil Liberties Internships

Thank you for thinking of us for an internship! We are currently not accepting internship applications due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we hope to accept them at some point in the future.


The ACLU-NJ seeks highly motivated college or graduate students for Civil Liberties internships. Civil Liberties interns help screen requests (phone calls and letters) for assistance from individuals and organizations, assist complainants in resolving disputes, provide information, referrals and suggestions, identify community resources, analyze written complaints, conduct factual investigations, review applicable regulations and statutes and draft responsive letters.

Educational Benefits

  • Develop interview skills
  • Develop a practical understanding of constitutional law
  • Learn how to conduct factual investigation of complaints
  • Develop skills in client communication
  • Develop a better understanding of community resources available for resolving disputes
  • Develop skills in identifying and using administrative regulations and protocols
  • Participate in special events, such as hearing speakers on legal topics and touring a jail or prison

Skills and Qualifications

Applicants should have excellent research, writing, and communication skills as well as the ability to work independently. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in civil rights, and civil liberties. The applicants should be self-motivated, articulate and capable. College and graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an Internship Application Form. During the online application process, all applicants will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. If the candidate is selected for an interview, references and unofficial transcripts may be requested at that time.

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