Because of limited resources and small staff, we often rely on dedicated volunteers and interns to assist us in fulfilling our important work. Our volunteers and interns provide an important service to our organization and we strive to make the experience beneficial for them as well. 

To apply for a volunteer or intern position please fill out our application so that we may understand your skills, interests and availability. 


How to apply:

Review the intern and volunteer opportunities listed below. All positions are open year-round, but more Legal Interns are hired during the summer. To apply, complete the specific PDF application for the intern or volunteer position you are interested in. Note: Legal Internships do not have PDF applications. See specific instructions for the Legal Internships below. The application PDFs can be downloaded and are "fillable," meaning you can enter your information on a computer. You need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar free PDF reader to access the application PDFs.

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

1. Legal Internships

A.Legal Internships

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Update: The ACLU of Utah is no longer accepting applications for two paid legal internships for Summer 2022. Please watch this space for updates starting in Fall 2022.

  • Stewart Gollan Memorial Prisoners’ Rights Legal Internship
  • Campaign for Smart Justice Legal Internship
  • Immigrants’ Rights/Privacy, Technology, and Free Speech Legal Internship

Learn more about these specific internships by downloading this PDF: 2021 Legal Internships Overview

Internship Duration: Internships are a 10-week period. Summer interns are expected to start by June of each summer.
Stipend: A stipend is available for students who are able to commit to working 35 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer. Students who receive outside funding are eligible for a partial stipend.
Deadline: Legal intern positions are very limited and early application is encouraged.

How to Apply:

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to aclu@acluutah.org with the subject line “[Last Name] [Name of Position] Summer Legal Internship Application”. Example “Jane Smith Smart Justice Summer Legal Internship Application”

In your cover letter, please address your interest in the specific position and past experiences that may be relevant to the position. Impacted members affected by these issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Law student applicants must have finished their first year of law school to apply.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and writing
  • Attention to detail, organizing, and time-management skills
  • Interest and commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU of Utah

2. Paralegal Intern

A.Paralegal Intern

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Update: We are no longer accepting Paralegal internships until the Fall of 2022. Please watch this space for updates.

Download the fillable PDF Paralegal Intern application (PDF)
Return your completed application via email to Megan Peterson (mpeterson@acluutah.org)
Paralegal interns are paralegal students currently enrolled in paralegal studies courses. Duties may include: document management, client communication, internal calendaring of litigation dates, filing documents with the court, general support to the legal department, assistance with the intake system, and general research. The paralegal intern position is unpaid. Supervision is by the ACLU Paralegal. You are encouraged to send in your resume and a writing sample with the application.
Experience and Qualifications:

  • Paralegal student intern applicants must have finished at least their first year of paralegal studies coursework to apply.
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills, both verbal and writing.
  • Demonstrate exceptionally strong attention to detail, organizing, and time-management skills.
  • Demonstrate an interest and commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU of Utah.

3. Communications Intern

A.Communications Intern

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Update: We are no longer accepting Communications internships until the Fall of 2022. Please watch this space for updates.

Download the fillable PDF Communications Intern application (PDF)
Return your completed application via email to ACLU of Utah General email address at aclu@acluutah.org
The Communications intern will work closely with the Communications Director and Digital Communications Strategist on a variety of projects. Duties might include: Writing and editing articles for the Liberty Reporter newsmagazine, arranging media interviews for ACLU staff, planning media strategies for events or press conferences, writing press releases, creating social media posts and memes, writing articles for the ACLU blog or issue pages, attending the Utah Legislative session, promoting events and festival. Strong writing ability required, graphic design and HTML & web design helpful. Have questions or want more info? Send an email to aclu@acluutah.org.

4. General Volunteer

A.General Volunteer

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Download the fillable PDF General Volunteer application (PDF)
Return your completed application via email to aclu@acluutah.org
The ACLU of Utah maintains a volunteer list that we notify regularly about upcoming volunteer opportunities. These opportunities include assisting with ACLU of Utah public events, mailing parties, and staffing information tables at community festivals and other events. Have questions or want more info? Send us an email at aclu@acluutah.org.

5. Intake Volunteer

A.Intake Volunteer

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Download the fillable PDF Intake Volunteer application (PDF)
Return your completed application via email to cblue@acluutah.org 
Intake volunteers directly address the needs of fellow Utahns who contact the ACLU and help us analyze and dissect matters of civil rights and criminal justice. Our office receives around 100 complaints each month, giving volunteers opportunities to collaborate with the ACLU of Utah's legal team on a variety of issues. Volunteers read each letter/complaint, enter it into our intake system, and, under the supervision of the Paralegal, respond to each letter.  We ask that the volunteer commit between 6-10 hours a week for three months. Training is provided. This position is unpaid and works under the supervision of the Paralegal. Although not necessary, you are encouraged to submit a resume and writing sample along with this application.