The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is looking for a 2017 Summer Legal Intern to support the work of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice. A minimum of 15-20 hours per week for 10 weeks is required.


The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is driving criminal justice reform in Washington State. It aims to roll back mass incarceration and put a stop to court practices that are racially discriminatory and that punish the poor and vulnerable in our community. The legal intern will support legal and policy efforts aimed at reforming the pre-trial bail system and sentencing practices. This will involve conducting court observations, legal research, and assisting in policy reform.


Students with experience and interest in criminal justice reform, policy advocacy and/or criminal law practice are encouraged to apply. The position is open to students who will be rising 2Ls or 3Ls during the summer. This internship is unpaid but the student can make arrangements to receive academic credit.


How to Apply:


Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and list of references with contact information via email to: The subject line of your email should include “Smart Justice Intern” and your name. Women, people of color, LGTB people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.