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 firstname.lastname@example.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.