TO APPLY:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to Type “Summer 2023 RJP Intern Application” in the subject header. No phone calls or faxes please. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


The Racial Justice Program (RJP) of the ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) is seeking a paid intern for the summer of 2023. The RJP aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights as well as other rights, for populations that have historically been denied those rights on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. The RJP intern will be responsible for research, writing, and policy advocacy work on a host of issues related to racial justice and inequities facing people of color in the Commonwealth—in areas including access to democracy, reproductive rights, policing, LGBTQ+ and gender equity—all with a lens toward racial equity.

This internship is a three-month, 20-hour per week, paid opportunity, and will run from June through August. The RJP intern will report to the Racial Justice Program Director, and work with staff members across ACLUM and the larger ACLU organization, as assigned.

This position is based in Boston, MA and eligible for a hybrid work schedule, being in-person an average of three days per week, with the ability to be in the office on any given day as needed and assigned. ACLUM has a Covid-19 vaccine mandate, and candidates receiving a job offer will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Exemptions to this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law. Applicants should be aware that fully remote work will not be deemed a reasonable accommodation.

ACLUM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

Essential Duties

  • Support the development and implementation of ACLUM’s racial justice public policy and advocacy campaigns through research and writing, as assigned.
  • Communicate with advocates and community members, and attend community meetings and events on ACLUM’s behalf, as applicable.
  • Take notes in and report back on internal and external ACLUM meetings, as applicable.

Job Qualifications

  • Applicants should be current undergraduate students who will have completed their first year of school before the internship commences.
  • The ideal candidate has a burning desire to work diligently to advance civil rights and civil liberties for all people.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and some familiarity with issues related to racial justice and systemic racism.
  • Strong research and writing skills are required, as is a commitment to racial and gender justice.
  • Comfort communicating in both large and small group settings preferred.


This position pays $15 per hour.

About the ACLU of Massachusetts

The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) was founded in 1920 and is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that works to preserve and expand the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Through strategies of litigation, advocacy, public education, and grassroots activism, we strengthen and expand public understanding of racial justice, juvenile justice, LGBTQ rights (including equal marriage), women's rights, criminal justice issues, equal opportunity, free speech and assembly, privacy rights, religious liberty, students' rights, voting rights, and reproductive rights.