Americans United for Separation of Church and State—the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization—seeks second or third-year law students or recent graduates to work as public policy interns in Washington, D.C. Both part-time and full-time positions are available during the spring (January – May).
For the last 70 years, Americans United has fought to protect the separation of church and state, which is the foundation of religious freedom for all. As a public policy intern, you will be working most closely with the State Policy Counsel on state advocacy, where some of the most notable and novel policy battles in the area of religious freedom happen. In the last year, we have fought state bills that were designed to introduce prayer or the teaching of creationism in public schools and allow “religious freedom” to be used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people and deny women access to reproductive healthcare. We also fought an onslaught of state bills that would send taxpayer dollars to religious schools through school voucher schemes.
The public policy intern will help to monitor legislation introduced in the states, analyze bills, conduct legal research, and draft letters, amendments and/or testimony to state legislators, and social media content, including blog posts.
Eligibility and Requirements: Second- and third-year law students and recent law-school graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants should have strong research, writing, and analytical skills, an interest in statutory interpretation and legislative advocacy, and an interest in First Amendment jurisprudence.
Compensation: Interns are usually able to obtain credit or funding through their law schools.
How to apply: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. No faxes or telephone calls please.
Deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis.