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 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.
The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research; drafting legal memoranda and pleadings, briefs or discovery; drafting demand letters; and analyzing potential new cases.
Eligibility and Requirements: Applicants must have an interest in First Amendment litigation, proven records of academic ability, 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 offers occasional formal training opportunities—particularly for summer interns. 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.
How To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, a writing sample that illustrates your legal analysis, and the names of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No faxes or telephone calls please.
Deadlines: Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2019. Applications are being accepted for fall 2019; applicants are encouraged to apply by Sept. 1. Applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by Jan. 1. Positions will remain open until filled.