Americans United Internship Opportunities


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 undergraduate interns. Open positions include:

  • Communications Internship
  • Advocacy Internship
  • Legal Internship

Communications Internship

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking a communications intern with strong research and writing skills to assist the communications department in the national office in Washington, DC. 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 challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation.

As a communications intern, your specific responsibilities may include: pitching topic ideas and writing blog posts, proof-reading, assisting with drafting Tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook posts, developing communications strategies that help AU reach younger audiences, updating website databases, and tracking weekly social media analytics.

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

How to Apply:

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to students@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, DC. Written performance evaluation provided upon successful conclusion of the internship. Academic credit will be arranged if required, and a stipend is available.


Advocacy Internship

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking a advocacy intern to assist the field department in the national office in Washington, DC.  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 challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation.

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: planning for the Americans United Annual Meeting in November, creating trainings for Americans United chapters and activists, assisting in the development of programming for students and faith leaders, and assisting with research projects.

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

How to Apply:

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to students@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, DC. Written performance evaluation provided upon successful conclusion of the internship. Academic credit will be arranged if required, and a stipend is available.


Legal Internship

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking an undergraduate legal intern with strong research and writing skills to assist the legal department in the national office in Washington, DC. 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 that addresses a wide variety of constitutional and civil-rights issues—most of which arise under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We fight against religiously motivated discrimination and deprivations of rights by bringing cases and filing amicus briefs to advance the rights of same-sex couples, women’s reproductive-health rights, transgender people’s rights, and the rights of employees of religiously affiliated institutions. We also challenge religious activities and instruction in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayer and religious displays. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge federal constitutional and statutory issues.

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, state and federal courts, and legislatures across the country. Your specific responsibilities may include: assisting research on the state of the law, reading and summarizing court opinions, drafting blog posts, doing outreach to potential clients, and working with the legislative department to update AU’s legislation tracker.

Applicants must have strong research and analytical skills and be excellent writers who want to improve even more through intensive practice and instruction. You will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the practice of law in a nationwide non-profit. 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.

How to Apply:

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to students@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, DC. Written performance evaluation provided upon successful conclusion of the internship. Academic credit will be arranged if required, and a stipend is available.