Americans United Internship Opportunities


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Americans United Interns pose for a photo before attending a brown bag lunch with one of AU's department heads.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is currently seeking interns. Open positions include:

  • Legislative Internships

  • Advocacy Internships

  • Digital Media Communications Internships

  • Undergraduate Legal Internships

  • Constitutional Litigation Internships


Public Policy Internships

Americans United for Separation of Church and State – the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization – seeks second- or third-year law students or recent graduates to work as public policy interns in Washington, D.C. Both part-time and full-time positions are available during the spring (January – May).

For the last 70 years, Americans United has fought to protect the separation of church and state, which is the foundation of religious freedom for all. As a public policy intern, you will be working most closely with the State Legislative Counsel on state advocacy, where some of the most notable and novel policy battles in the area of religious freedom happen. In the last year, we have fought state bills that were designed to introduce prayer or the teaching of creationism in public schools and allow “religious freedom” to be used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people and deny women access to reproductive health care. We also fought an onslaught of state bills that would send taxpayer dollars to religious schools through private school voucher schemes.

The public policy intern will help to monitor legislation introduced in the states, analyze bills, conduct legal research and draft letters, amendments and/or testimony to state legislators and social media content, including blog posts.

Eligibility And Requirements: Second- and third-year law students and recent law-school graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants should have strong research, writing and analytical skills, an interest in statutory interpretation and legislative advocacy, and an interest in First Amendment jurisprudence.

Compensation: Interns are usually able to obtain credit or funding through their law schools. 

How To apply: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript and a writing sample to legislativejobs@au.org. No faxes or telephone calls please.

Deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis.


Advocacy Internship

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is currently seeking an advocacy intern to assist the field department in the national office in Washington, D.C.  As an intern, you will work to protect the fundamental constitutional and civil rights of all Americans.

Americans United addresses a wide variety of church-state issues. We defend the civil rights of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and others against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays.

As an advocacy intern, you will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of writing, research and advocacy projects. Your specific responsibilities may include: assisting in legislative research, creating training webinars for Americans United chapters and activists, and assisting with general outreach and educational program development.

This position is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students interested in working for an advocacy nonprofit in the future.

How To Apply: Applicants should email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to mefford@au.org with the name of the internship you are applying for in the subject of your email. Your writing sample need not address our issues. Please let us know your availability in your cover letter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Benefits: Interns will receive a substantive experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the country. Interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many events that take place in Washington, D.C. Written performance evaluation provided upon successful conclusion of the internship. Academic credit will be arranged if required, and a stipend is available.


Digital Media Communications Internship

Americans United for Separation of Church and State seeks a driven and social media-savvy intern to assist the Digital Communications Manager in creating and posting social media content to all of AU’s platforms, content management of the website and other digital communications areas including email marketing, graphic design and video production.

Candidates Should Have:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

  • Experience with social media management tools like Hootsuite or Sprout.

  • Experience with CMS platforms like Drupal and Squarespace.

  • Experience using graphic design software, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Spark.

  • Experience shooting and editing videos for social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram a plus.

  • Knowledge of creative ways to leverage Instagram Stories is a plus.

  • Flexibility and a can-do attitude in the face of changing priorities.

  • Support and passion for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU's mission.

  • Initiative and drive in offering suggestions to staff regarding digital media.

About Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all of us. Founded in 1947, Americans United is a diverse and dynamic organization composed of people from all walks of life: lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders and impassioned Americans. AU includes people of faith and people who don’t profess any particular faith. It is a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, classes and abilities.

Americans United uses high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:

  • Religion does not dictate public policy.

  • The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith.

  • Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religious beliefs.

Through a strong, diverse national supporter network, both on the ground and online, AU defends the separation of church and state and protects religious freedom for all in communities across the country. Americans United is a 501(c)(3) organization and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Benefits: A stipend is available, as is academic credit if applicable. Spring/fall internships typically are part time and structured around the intern’s class schedule; summer internships typically involve a full-time, 9-5 schedule.

Interns will receive substantive professional experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the country. Interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many events that occur in Washington, D.C.

How To Apply: Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and writing sample or sample of their digital work to lhayes@au.org with “communications internship” in the email subject line. Please let us know your availability in your cover letter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Undergraduate Legal Internship

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking undergraduate legal interns with strong research and writing skills to assist the legal department in the national office in Washington, D.C. As an intern, you will work to protect the fundamental constitutional and civil rights of all Americans.

We have a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of constitutional questions. We defend the civil rights of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and others against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. We challenge religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays.

Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues. In just the past few years, for example, we have filed lawsuits and submitted amicus briefs challenging:

  • Religion-based refusals by businesses and governmental officials to provide services to LGBTQ individuals.

  • Trump Administration regulations that permit religious objectors to deprive women of insurance coverage for contraceptives.

  • The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban.

  • Extensive proselytizing and harassment of public-school students of minority faiths.

As a legal intern, you will delve into a variety of writing, research and advocacy projects. You will also learn about the American legal system, including constitutional law, litigation and state and federal courts. Your specific responsibilities may include assisting research on the state of the law, reading and summarizing court opinions, factual research on potential cases, historical research on church-state matters, drafting blog posts and outreach to potential clients.

Eligibility And Requirements: Applicants must have strong research, analytical and writing skills. Although we have had great interns from many backgrounds, this position would be an especially beneficial experience for a student who is considering attending law school, as you will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the practice of law in a nationwide nonprofit.

How To Apply: Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, transcript, a writing sample that displays your ability to present information accurately and analyze its relevance, and the names of three references to legaljobs@au.org. Your writing sample need not address our issues. Please let us know your availability in your cover letter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Benefits: Interns will receive a substantive experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the country. For interns who are interested in attending law school, our attorneys endeavor to prepare you for the academic challenges of legal education. In addition, interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many events that take place in Washington, D.C. Academic credit will be arranged if required, and a stipend may be available.

Deadlines: Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2019. Applicants for fall 2019 are encouraged to apply by Aug. 1. Applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1. Positions will remain open until filled.


 Constitutional Litigation Internship

For law School Students

Americans United for Separation of Church and State — the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization — is seeking first-year, second-year and third-year law students to work as interns in our legal department in Washington, D.C. Full-time positions are available during the summer; both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring.

Americans United has a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of church-state issues. We defend the civil rights of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and others against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. We challenge religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays.

Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues. In just the past few years, for example, we have filed lawsuits and submitted amicus briefs challenging:

  • Religion-based refusals by businesses and governmental officials to provide services to LGBTQ individuals.

  • Trump Administration regulations that permit religious objectors to deprive women of insurance coverage for contraceptives.

  • The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban.

  • Extensive proselytizing and harassment of public-school students of minority faiths.

The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research; drafting legal memoranda and pleadings, briefs or discovery; drafting demand letters; and analyzing potential new cases.

Eligibility And Requirements: Applicants must have an interest in First Amendment litigation, proven records of academic ability, and strong research, writing and analytical skills.

Benefits: Interns will receive a substantive legal experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the country. Our attorneys endeavor to prepare you for public-interest legal practice, and our office offers occasional formal training opportunities—particularly for summer interns. In addition, interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many events that take place in Washington, D.C. Academic credit will be arranged if required, and a stipend may be available.

How To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, a writing sample that illustrates your legal analysis, and the names of three references to legaljobs@au.org. No faxes or telephone calls please.

Deadlines: Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2019. Applicants for fall 2019 are encouraged to apply by Aug. 1. Applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1. Positions will remain open until filled.


For more information about Americans United for Separation of Church and State, please visit our website at www.au.org.