Monday, February 22, 2021

Summer 2021 Internship with the ACLU Foundation National Prison Project



The National Prison Project of the National ACLU has an opening for an Undergraduate Internship in Washington, DC.

The ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction.


Founded in 1972 by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Prison Project (NPP) seeks to ensure constitutional conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, and immigration detention facilities. The Project seeks to promote prisoners' rights through class action litigation and public education. Its priorities include reducing prison overcrowding, improving prisoner medical care, eliminating violence and maltreatment, and increasing oversight and accountability in prisons, jails, and other places of detention.

  • Time Commitment: The internship requires a full-time commitment of 35 hours per week.
  • Internship Duration: Internships are a 10-week period (full-time). Summer interns are expected to start May 24 or June 1, 2021.
  • Stipend: A stipend is available for students who do not receive course credit. Students who receive outside funding are eligible for a partial stipend to bring their total summer funding up to the level of ACLU's stipend amount for that term, if applicable. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit. [Note that UMD does not offer stipends, but scholarships may be available through the college or the Bright Futures Scholaship.]


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the National Prison Project team. They will learn about creating change through class action litigation and about building and supporting strategic legislative and advocacy campaigns. Work may include the following:

  • Assisting with the production and distribution of advocacy materials
  • Conducting factual research and writing regarding criminal justice policy and legislative movement
  • Gathering current information related to prison and jail conditions
  • Documenting and tracking complaints received from prisoners and responding with informational materials
  • Providing campaign and litigation support to supervising attorneys
  • Other projects as assigned


The internship is open to students who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree. Interns should possess the following:

  • A strong interest in criminal justice reform and a commitment to civil rights
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, particularly web-based research including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel)
  • A commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
Apply online: