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Volunteer or Intern with the ACLU of Utah

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. 


2020 Voter Protection Volunteer (NEW)

Complete the Voter Protection Volunteer application online (link)
We are looking for volunteer poll monitors who can observe in-person voting and defend the democratic process in specific counties in Utah. Please note this position will require speaking with other people and personal protective equipment will be provided. We also have other Voter Protection roles available that do not involve in-person contact. Complete the application here

Have questions or want more info? Read this PDF about Voter Protection Volunteer position or send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Legal Internships

The ACLU of Utah is accepting applications for the following three new legal internships.

  • 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 2021.
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: Applications are due by Sunday, February 28, 2021. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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

 

Paralegal Intern

Note: All 2021 Spring and Summer positions are closed. If you are interested in submitting an application for the fall 2021 semester do so here.

Download the fillable PDF Paralegal Intern application (PDF)
Return your completed application via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Paralegal interns are paralegal students. 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. 

Communications Intern 

NOTE: WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2021 INTERNSHIPS. 

Download the fillable PDF Communications Intern application (PDF)
Return your completed application via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
The Communications intern will work closely with the Strategic Communications Manager 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to Jason Stevenson, the ACLU of Utah's Strategic Communications Manager. 

General Volunteer

Download the fillable PDF General Volunteer application (PDF)
Return your completed application via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Intake Volunteer

NOTICE: We are accepting applications now! 
Download the fillable PDF Paralegal Intern application (PDF)
Return your completed application via email (to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
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.   

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.


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