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

  • Communications Internships

  • Undergraduate Legal Internships

  • Constitutional Litigation Internships


Legislative Internship

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 legislative 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 legislative 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 legislative 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.


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, 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 a communications intern, your specific responsibilities may include: writing blog posts and other content, proofreading, assisting with drafting social media posts, developing communications strategies that help AU reach younger audiences, website maintenance, photography, tracking social media analytics and working on multidepartmental projects.

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 lhayes@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.


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 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 nonprofit.

How to Apply:

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample and the names of three references to legaljobs@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.


 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 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.

  • 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 Jan. 15, 2019. Applicants for positions during the fall are encouraged to apply by Sept. 1, 2018; applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by Dec. 15, 2018. 


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