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 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 opposing:
- 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; and
- Requests for exemptions for religious services from COVID-19-related public-health orders.
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.
Benefits: Interns will receive a substantive legal experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the country. Our attorneys endeavor to prepare you for public-interest legal practice, and our office occasionally offers formal training opportunities. In addition, interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many events that take place in Washington, D.C. Academic credit can be arranged, and a stipend may be available.
How To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The writing sample should be your own work and should not be substantially edited by anyone else.
Deadlines: Positions will remain open until filled. Applicants for Summer 2021 positions are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2021. Applicants for positions during the fall are encouraged to apply by September 1, 2020; applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by December 15, 2020.
For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please visit our website at www.au.org.