Together with the National Black Law Students Association, we're hiring a Summer Legal Intern! Learn more and apply now.

For 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With nearly two million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction.

In 2020, the ACLU launched the Southern Collective, a collaborative project of the national office and the ACLU affiliates of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Collective works to address the challenges in the South that are rooted in its unique history of racial oppression and violence and equally remarkable history of civil rights struggles and victories. It focuses on advancing high-impact, collaborative initiatives across the region in order to pave the way for racial justice nationwide.


For over 50 years, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) has sought to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community; to instill in the Black law student a greater commitment to the needs of the Black community; and to influence the legal community by bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community.

The 12 states in the ACLU’s Southern Collective are covered by NBLSA Regions as follows:

Southern Region: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Southwest Region: Arkansas and Louisiana

Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia and West Virginia

Midwest Region: Kentucky

About the ACLU-NBLSA Southern Legal Internship Program

The ACLU has partnered with NBLSA to deepen the bench of talented, passionate, and committed civil rights and social justice attorneys in the South. The Southern Legal Internship Program (SLIP) will place legal interns at ACLU affiliates in each of the 12 Southern Collective states, where they will contribute to crucial legal, policy, and organizing campaigns in the issue areas that most affect Black and Brown communities in the region, including voting rights, education, gender justice, and criminal legal reform.

Program Overview

  • Time Commitment: Full-time (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks in Summer 2023 (likely beginning June 5 or June 12)
  • Compensation: $8,000
  • Location: One SLIP intern will be placed at each of the ACLU Southern Collective affiliates. Until further notice, it is expected that SLIP interns will report for in-person work (likely on a hybrid basis with some amount of remote and in-person work) at affiliate offices alongside ACLU employees.
  • Orientation: Before the internship begins, SLIP interns will participate in an orientation with their cohort and staff from ACLU National and Southern Collective offices. The date and format of the orientation (including whether it will be held virtually or in person) are TBD. Travel to and from the orientation, as well as lodging, will be provided by the ACLU.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal, policy, and administrative/regulatory research
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Drafting public-facing documents, e.g. know-your-rights documents or awareness-raising materials 
  • Other projects as assigned

Please note that specific expectations will vary based on affiliate placement.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a (1) cover letter (1 page maximum), (2) résumé, and (3) writing sample (10 pages maximum) using this application link:

You will also indicate the ACLU affiliates to which you want to apply.

PRIORITY deadline*: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

FINAL deadline: Friday, December 30, 2022
* We strongly encourage you to apply by the priority deadline.

Southern Collective affiliates will begin interviewing candidates no earlier than January 2023. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Spring 2023, regardless of whether they are selected for an interview or interviews.

More Information

If you have questions or want more information about SLIP, please email

The ACLU of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Kentucky encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal history, and veteran status.