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 interns for the fall. Open positions include:

  • Advocacy Internship
  • Communications Internship
  • Undergraduate Legal Internship

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, 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: 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 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.


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, proofreading, 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.


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 women’s, LGBTQ, and other civil rights 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.

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 government 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.

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 non-profit.

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, D.C. Academic credit will be arranged if required, and a stipend may be available.

For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please visit our website at www.au.org.


 

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 women’s, LGBTQ, and other civil rights 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.

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 government officials to provides services to LGBTQ individuals;
  • Trump Administration regulations that permit religious objectors to deprive women of insurance coverage for contraceptives; and
  • The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban.

The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing; drafting demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit; and analyzing potential new cases. Legal interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery.

Eligibility and Requirements

Applicants must have an interest in First Amendment litigation and strong research, writing, and analytical skills.

Compensation

Legal internships ordinarily are unpaid, but interns are usually able to obtain funding through their law schools.

How to Apply 

Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to legaljobs@au.org. No faxes or telephone calls please.

Deadlines

Positions will remain open until filled. Applicants for Summer 2019 positions are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2019. Applicants for positions during the fall are encouraged to apply by September 1, 2018; applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by December 15, 2018. 

For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please visit our website at www.au.org.