We are now taking applications for our Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 Communications Internships

Founded in 1935, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa (ACLU of Iowa), is the nation’s fifth-oldest state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. Our offices are in Des Moines. Throughout the year, the ACLU of Iowa invites applications for communications internships for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Spring internship applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2018.
Summer internship applicants are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2019.



The ACLU of Iowa is a non-profit membership organization that promotes and defends the values reflected in the Bill of Rights and Article I of the Iowa Constitution through public advocacy and outreach, lobbying, and litigation.  Our cases generally involve a legally or culturally significant challenge to governmental actions, practices, laws, or polices restricting individual rights. Often, our cases involve free speech, religious freedom, equality, due process, personal privacy, and autonomy.

Given the wide-reach of the Bill of Rights, the ACLU of Iowa consistently works with a diverse range of individuals and groups, including pro-life, pro-choice, religious, public service, minority, and media groups.  Most notably, the ACLU of Iowa successfully defended the free speech rights of students in the United State Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.


Interns will have the opportunity to work with the communications director on a range of significant issues and projects.  Ideally our internships would range from 8-13 weeks. This position is part-time (4 to 12 hours a week) with highly flexible weekly hours negotiable. Interns are encouraged to work with their schools for course credits, independent study credits, and/or side employment or funding for the internship, as it is unpaid. Interns will be provided with free parking. Ames students may have an opportunity to commute at no charge with ACLU staff who are Ames residents.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working on a variety of communications and outreach efforts.  They will potentially learn to assist on all aspects of communications, marketing, public and media relations, outreach, and public education, as well as other projects as assigned.


This internship welcomes applications from a variety of majors and areas of study. It is open to all current students who have completed at least one year of college and possess the following:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong computer skills, strong social media abilities, and a skill for  web-based research
  • The ability to work with a wide range of people
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion
  • An interest in advocating for civil liberties


Please send us a complete application that includes a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample. Also feel free to include samples of other work, such as information on a web site you might have designed or worked on, design work, etc.

The preferred method of submission is email with the subject line specifying "Communications Internship."  If email is unavailable, submissions via postal mail are acceptable, but please do not send application material through both.

For questions or for more information, please contact Communications Director Veronica Fowler at editor@aclu-ia.org  or 515-243-3576. 

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