The ACLU of Massachusetts invites law students and other graduate students to apply for a policy internship within its legislative department. Our office works on issues such as criminal legal system reform, drug policy, juvenile justice, immigrant rights, racial justice, reproductive freedom, privacy, surveillance and technology, student rights, women’s and LGBTQ rights, and voting rights. This is a paid internship opportunity.

Internship Description

The Legislative Department works with local and statewide leaders to realize the promise of the Constitution and Bill of Rights by advocating to reform laws and policies around the ACLU of Massachusetts’s priority issues. Interns may do some or all of the following: research and analyze laws, bills, amendments, and data; help draft legislation and testimony; attend legislative briefings, hearings, floor debates, and meetings with policymakers, partner organizations, and other stakeholders; other tasks in support of the work of the legislative department.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate has excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and excellent time management skills with meticulous attention to detail. They have a strong commitment to race equity, dismantling white supremacy, and incorporating a structural power analysis into their work.


This position is paid at $17 per hour. The internship requires a minimum 10 week commitment and can be a full-time or part-time position with a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample, and a list of references to Please use the subject line “Policy Internship – [Your Name].”