The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) invites law students to apply for litigation and policy internships in our San Francisco office; other graduate students may also apply to certain policy projects—see “Who Should Apply” below. The ACLU-NC’s legal/policy area is comprised of a legal department and five policy projects whose priorities include: criminal justice, education equity, immigrants’ rights, LGBT equality, privacy, free speech, racial justice, reproductive justice, technology and civil liberties, and voting rights.
Litigation interns work under the supervision of one or more legal department staff attorneys performing legal research and writing on civil liberties and constitutional law issues that span the organization’s priority areas. Depending on circumstances during the internship period, interns may also draft portions of court papers, participate in a limited amount of fact investigation and individual complaint resolution and attend appellate arguments, trial proceedings and depositions. The Legal Department generally accepts up to four interns per term.