ACLU Speech, Technology, & Privacy Legal Internship

The Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’s commitment to human rights and the rule of law.  The Center for Democracy includes—in addition to the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project—the Human Rights Project and the National Security Project, and also works closely with staff from the ACLU’s Communications Department, Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department, and Washington Legislative Office.

The Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology.  The Project is currently litigating cases and conducting other advocacy efforts on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, privacy of electronic information, journalists’ rights, scientific freedom, and openness in the courts.


Interns will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation.  The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10-week commitment.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Project’s attorneys.  Interns will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of litigation, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting legal research and factual investigation.
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits, and briefs.
  • Other projects as assigned.


This Legal Internship is open to law students who will have completed their first semester of law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
  • A strong commitment to civil liberties issues.
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion.


Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship, including a description of any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume; a list of three references; an official or unofficial transcript; and a legal writing sample, of 10 pages or less, to: (please reference SPT Summer 2017 Legal Internship in the subject line).

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.

Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment.  The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.