We're hiring two summer legal interns! 

The ACLU-KY Internship Programs aim to provide professional development opportunities, thoughtful mentorship, and energetic supervision while providing the organization with a top-notch class of interns from diverse backgrounds and experiences to bring programmatic support to its work. In order to maintain a quality experience for each internship experience, the following components will be included across types of internships: a learning plan to detail learning goals and objectives, invitations to organizational and public meetings, regular supervision and feedback, and an exit interview.

Legal Internship Program

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky’s Legal Internship Program gives law students who have completed at least their first year of law school and one semester of Constitutional Law the opportunity to work with the organization’s Legal Director on a wide range of civil liberties issues. An affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky is a statewide organization whose office is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Its mission is to promote and defend individual civil liberties throughout the Commonwealth through education, advocacy, and litigation.

As an intern, you will be supervised directly by the ACLU of Kentucky’s Legal Director and work with the entire staff on a wide range of civil liberties issues. Legal experiences will range from legal research and brief writing to assisting with all phases of ongoing litigation. Additional opportunities will likely include conducting legislative analysis, screening and summarizing client intake, and conducting factual investigations into potential civil liberties violations.

Learn about our legal program here and meet the team here

Qualifications and Expectations

The ACLU of Kentucky seeks individuals who have completed at least their first year of law school and one semester of Constitutional Law, and who can demonstrate a proven work ethic, strong academic credentials, and a desire to assist in defending the rights of individuals. Flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to work in a team environment are a must.

Interns are expected to work an average of 40 hours each week for a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks. Start and end dates can be adjusted to accommodate moving and other academic requirements. 


Extern credit or funding may be available through your law school or through public interest grant programs. Please contact your school for more information.  To the extent credit or grants are unavailable, the ACLU of Kentucky can offer a $750 stipend for the summer.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Info@ACLU-KY.org with the subject line: Legal Internship. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting in the cover letter. Applications for summer 2020 must be submitted by 5pm EST, Friday, January 17, 2020.