Feb 10, 2020

Internship Description

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) seeks an Organizing Intern to assist the Outreach and Engagement Department in its national office in Washington, D.C. The Organizing Intern will report to the Field Organizer and Student Network Manager and will help build the movement for separation of religion and government. The intern will also have the opportunity to meet and learn from staff across the organization including communications, policy, and legal departments.

The Organizing Intern will be responsible for a variety of writing, research, grassroots organizing, and advocacy projects. The intern’s specific responsibilities may include community engagement and supporter recruitment, online research, or developing trainings and toolkits for youth activists. The intern will also have the opportunity to propose and work on an independently led organizing project related to AU’s work and to their academic or career interests.

The strongest candidates will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the separation of religion government; be responsible, hard-working, and excited to work with diverse staff and supporters; and have some or all of these skills:

  • Writing concisely and persuasively
  • Meeting deadlines and communicating about progress
  • Engaging with the public and recruiting supporters to take action
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Google Drive

The internship is 25 hours/week from June 1 – August 7 (with some flexibility to accommodate the intern’s academic or other scheduling needs).

Americans United is an equal-opportunity employer and places strong emphasis on a diverse environment in which individuals are valued regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic.

How to Apply

When you submit your application, use this subject line: [First and Last Name] Organizing Intern

Send the following to johnson@au.org as attached Word documents or PDFs:

  • A resume (one page) outlining your relevant academic, campus, and professional experience
  • A cover letter (one page) describing how your experience relates to the Organizing Internship and explaining why AU’s mission is important to you
  • A writing sample (no more than three pages) on any topic. A writing sample could be a short paper, op-ed, training outline, memo, or another document relevant to advocacy.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. No calls, please.


The Organizing Intern will be paid a stipend of $4,000. Interns receive substantive experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the country. Interns are encouraged and provided time to learn across the organization and from outside organizations and take advantage of learning opportunities in Washington, D.C.

AU can provide documentation for academic credit upon successful conclusion of the internship.

About Us

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the separation of religion and government as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all.

We envision a nation where everyone can freely choose a faith and support it voluntarily, or follow no religious or spiritual path at all, and where the government does not promote religion over non-religion or favor one faith over another.

We use high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:

  • Religion does not dictate public policy.
  • The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith.
  • Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religion. ​