Apr 15, 2019

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: Applicants for fall internships are encouraged to apply by Aug. 1. Applicants for spring internships are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1. Applicants for summer internships are encouraged to apply by Feb. 1. Positions will remain open until filled.