Are you a high school or undergraduate college student interested in social justice issues, using the law to fight for civil liberties, or learning more about careers in politics and advocacy?

The ACLU of Vermont accepts student interns at our office in Montpelier during the summer and fall semesters. Students work with our staff on a range of issues and projects, help with some of the day to day operations of our office, and participate in events, meetings and other opportunities to learn more about our advocacy on civil rights and civil liberties, and the work led by other social justice organizations in Vermont. As much as possible, we try to offer chances to observe and interact with people working in various types of roles – attorneys, communications people, policy directors, and community organizers – in order to give interns a view of the many types of careers that contribute to social change.

Internships are usually 10-15 hours per week. They are unpaid, but in some cases can be used for school credit. Upon the successful completion of an internship, staff will offer to write letters of recommendation or serve as references. Internships are usually coordinated and supervised by our community organizing department.

Summer internships run from July-August, fall internships run from mid-September-December. Application information is below.

Internship Expectations

Internships are meant as a learning opportunity and will be supported by our staff to lead to a dynamic and enjoyable experience. Our expectations of the students we accept as interns are that they:

  • Can provide their own transportation to and from our office in Montpelier. 
  • Work somewhat independently on tasks that are matched with their skill and experience level.
  • Take responsibility for finishing tasks they are given in a timely way.
  • Have good communication skills, are responsive to emails and requests, and engaged with the staff.
  • Establish regular days and hours where they will be in the office and can communicate about any expected changes to that schedule.
  • Show motivation and interest in taking advantage of the opportunities of the internship and the issues we’re working on together.
  • Are willing to do a certain amount of research and work that may involve tedious tasks (data entry, etc.).
  • Can be proactive in problem-solving and asking for help when they need it.
  • Work respectfully alongside other staff and interns in a professional environment.

How to apply

To apply for an internship, please fill out the application ahead of the deadline for the season you’re applying for. Staff will review applications after the deadline and notify candidates for interviews.

Summer internships: the application deadline is May 15th.

Fall internships: the application deadline is August 15th.