Intern Or Volunteer With The ACLU Of Utah
The ACLU of Utah operates through public education, legal advocacy, litigation, and lobbying at both the state and local levels to ensure the constitutional rights and freedoms of everyone living in or visiting Utah. Our work is based on those principals outlined in the Bill of Rights, and our priorities include: Participatory Democracy; Racial Justice; Immigrants’ Rights; Religious Liberty & Freedom of Belief; and Privacy & Technology. In addition, we continue our commitment to reform the Utah criminal justice system, protect the First Amendment, reproductive freedoms, and equality for all.
Because of our limited resources and small staff, we rely heavily on our dedicated interns and volunteers to assist us in fulfilling our important work. Our interns provide an important service to our organization and we strive to make the experience beneficial for our interns as well. Our intern positions are unpaid, but we are willing to work with your school to help you obtain credit.
We normally have openings for 1-2 legal interns, 1-2 paralegal interns, 1 legislative & policy intern and, sometimes, 1 development intern and 1 Office Intern. We appreciate interns who are able to commit to at least 5 -10 hours a week for three months or a semester.
To apply for a intern position please fill out our application so that we may understand your skills, interests and availability. This should be submitted with a cover letter, updated resume, three professional or academic references, and a writing sample. To ask for more information about one of the positions below, please click on the appropriate link to send an email. Download application (PDF) >>
Legal interns play an integral role in our legal department and will work closely with ACLU and cooperating attorneys. Duties might include: legal & policy research; drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs; review complaint intake and conduct follow up investigation including interviews with clients. Send email >>
Paralegal interns assist our legal department and legal interns. Duties might include: legal research; writing of reports, memos, updates for our website and social media platforms; internal legal filing; complaint intake processing and interviewing prospective clients. Send email >>
Legislative & Policy Intern
Legislative & Policy interns work closely with our Legislative and Policy counsel. Duties might include: research & drafting of memos on legislative and policy issues; drafting updates for blogs, web pages and social media; attending legislative meetings and events. Send email >>
Communications / Outreach / Office Intern
The Communications/Office intern will work closely with ACLU of Utah staff on a variety of projects. Duties might include: Organizing and preparing logistics for ACLU of Utah participation in community events including the Pride Festival & Parade; drafting updates for the website, blogs and social media; assisting with preparation for the annual Youth Activist Scholarship outreach; archiving & filing. HTML & web design helpful. Send email >>
The ACLU of Utah maintains a volunteer list that we notify regularly about upcoming volunteer opportunities. These opportunities include assisting with ACLU of Utah public events, mailing parties, and staffing information tables at community festivals and other events. Send email >>
Become a Cooperating Attorney with the ACLU of Utah
The ACLU of Utah has limited staff and funding, yet is faced with a huge number of requests for assistance from individuals and organizations. We meet this demand through direct representation and by appearing as amicus curiae. Almost all of our cases are handled by volunteer attorneys who work in cooperation with our staff. For over 80 years, volunteer lawyers have been the backbone of the ACLU legal program. These volunteers include sole practitioners, recent law school graduates, some of the nation’s most prominent lawyers, and many of the major firms in America. Participation by the private bar has been vital to the ACLU’s work since its inception. Get more information >>