Apr 22, 2021

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) seeks a Writing/Communications Intern to write blog posts and assist with the writing and production of Church & State magazine in its national office in Washington, D.C. The Writing/Communications Intern will report to the editor of Church & State and will produce blog posts, magazine articles, book reviews and other writing duties as assigned. Must be able to meet a daily deadline. The intern will also assist with proofreading duties.

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 the following skills:

  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with Associated Press style
  • Ability to meet regular deadlines
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Google Drive

The internship is 20 hours per week with a start date in June and a finish date in August. (Start and finish dates are flexible depending on 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] Writing/Communications Intern

Send the following to boston@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 Writing/Communications Internship and explaining why AU’s mission is important to you
  • A short writing sample (no more than 800 words) on any topic that has recently been in the news. The writing sample should take the form of a blog post.  

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


The Writing/Communications 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. The Writing/Communications Intern will receive a regular byline on AU’s “Wall of Separation” blog (https://www.au.org/blogs) as well as bylines in AU’s membership magazine Church & State (https://www.au.org/church-state).

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. ​