Summer 2020 Litigation Internships (Sacramento Only)

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Summer 2020 Litigation Internships

Location: Sacramento, CA 
Deadline: Please apply early in the hiring cycle as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

The ACLU-NC invites applications for internships for law and graduate students in the Legal-Policy Department. Students willing to work with intensity and focus will find an internship at the ACLU-NC a rewarding learning experience. Qualified applicants are enthusiastic, creative, and detail-oriented; have excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills; and, can articulate a commitment to work for social justice and the ideals of the ACLU. 

About the Legal-Policy Department

The Legal-Policy Department pursues cutting edge impact litigation and promotes policy change in order to defend and expand the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The work of the Department covers a vast span of issues with particular emphasis in ten core areas: Criminal Justice, Education Equity, Equality (including economic, environmental, and racial justice, in addition to gender equality), First Amendment, Immigrants’ Rights, LGBT Rights, National Security, Reproductive Justice, Technology and Civil Liberties, and Voting Rights. The Department’s attorneys, policy directors, and assistants are based in San Francisco, Sacramento-metro office, and Fresno. Department staff work closely with the other departments within the ACLU-NC, including Organizing & Community Engagement, Communications, Development, Finance & Administration, as well as with ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy in Sacramento.

Litigation Internships

Litigation Interns work directly with one or more attorneys and conduct legal research and writing in support of active and potential impact litigation that spans the ten core issue areas. Interns may be asked to draft legal memoranda, portions of court documents, and pre-litigation demand letters. When possible, interns attend appellate arguments, trial proceedings, and depositions. Additionally, interns may be asked to investigate facts and possible legal claims arising from intakes received via the Civil Liberties Hotline. Interns are encouraged to attend and participate in monthly program meetings, where prospective litigation and strategy are discussed.

Applicants must currently be attending law school.  The Legal-Policy Department accepts 2-3 Litigation Interns per term. Litigation intern positions are open in our Sacramento-metro office.


Application Process for Summer Internships 

Summer internships are full-time for 10 – 12 weeks and usually begin the day after Memorial Day. “Split” summers may be considered where the intern is available for a minimum of 10 weeks. Part-time internships are not available during the summer.

For summer internship funding, students should seek available funding through their schools. For students coming from schools that do not offer summer funding or who do not obtain adequate school funding, the ACLU-NC will consider providing funding to students, as available.

Application deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the hiring cycle as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

  • Spring term: Applications will be accepted beginning September 15 for the following spring term.
  • Summer term: Applications will be accepted beginning October 15 for the following summer term.
  • Fall term: Applications will be accepted beginning March 5 for the following fall term.

How to apply

Applications from all interested students are welcome. Applications must include the following in PDF format: (1) Cover Letter that includes a statement about (a) a brief statement about why you want to work on that issue at the ACLU-NC, (b) the office location you are interested in (applicable only to Litigation and Immigrant Rights intern applicants), and (c) how you encountered the internship opening; (2) Resume; (3) Writing Sample; and, (4) List of References with contact information.

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