The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) seeks a highly motivated undergraduate student for a summer internship in our communications department. This internship can be full-time up to 35 hours per week for ten weeks, from June through August. Interns can expect a hybrid work schedule, with one to two days of the work week being in person in our Newark office.


The ACLU-NJ is one of the largest ACLU affiliates in the country and the premier civil rights and liberties advocacy organization in New Jersey. At the ACLU-NJ, students will contribute to a broad range of cutting-edge civil rights and liberties work. Please click here to see a list of some of the issues the ACLU-NJ works on.

The communications intern will work closely with the communications, policy, and legal departments to create strategic communications that engage and educate the public on ACLU-NJ's key priorities. The intern will contribute to the day-to-day functions of the department and will develop creative assets, social copy, email blasts, editorial and web content, and press materials. They will also gain experience in analyzing reporting data and making recommendations from key performance indicators of campaigns and will support ACLU-NJ's advocacy work through multiple channels.

This is an opportunity for the selected candidate to learn about the responsibilities of the various areas of a communications department. The ACLU-NJ endeavors to provide other professional development opportunities such as presentations and Q&A sessions with renowned attorneys, activists, and other institutional partners in New Jersey.

The ACLU-NJ is committed to working with students to secure academic credit and/or school or outside funding for those who spend the full summer with us. We are also pleased to be able to offer sliding scale funding up to $6,300, for the student who successfully applies. The ACLU-NJ will not consider a student’s external funding in reviewing applications and making offers.



Prerequisites include:

  • Strong oral, written, and editing skills
  • Familiarity with online platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and graphic design software like Canva
  • Experience in Excel, Google Sheets, or other data management software
  • Good interpersonal and analytical skills
  • A commitment to racial and social justice, civil liberties, and civil rights
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work inclusively across lines of difference in a variety of settings

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit application materials, including 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. The application deadline is April 6th, 2023, for a June 5, 2023, start date.

The ACLU-NJ is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture of belonging. It is our policy to employ qualified people without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; age; ancestry; disability; sexual orientation; veteran’s status; marital status; civil union status; arrest or court record; citizenship; credit history; genetic information; gender identity or expression; status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking; or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law. The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please send an email here. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request accommodations for the interview process.