Internship and Externship Program

For undergraduate or graduate students




The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks highly motivated undergraduate students for our Public Policy/Education Advocacy internship program, based in Baltimore, MD (with some time in Annapolis).  The ACLU-MD is the Maryland state affiliate office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), one of the nation's premier civil liberties and civil rights organizations. The ACLU-MD was founded in 1931, and currently has approximately 14,000 members and supporters statewide.  Our mission is to ensure that all people in the State are free to think and speak as they choose and can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion.  The Bill of Rights and the Maryland Declaration of Rights guide our work, and we act without partisanship to achieve these goals.


Public Policy Fall and Spring Interns participate in the ACLU's Education Reform program (details at  The ACLU of Maryland's Education Reform Project works to ensure that all children in Maryland public schools - particularly those most at risk of failure - are accorded a "thorough and efficient" education as guaranteed by the state Constitution. Our priorities include securing adequate and equitable public school funding, and the wise use of that funding to support student achievement, ensuring that school buildings are safe and properly equipped, and providing a positive school climate, including fair and effective discipline policies.  The ACLU's education reform work is rooted in the Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education lawsuit, brought on behalf of Baltimore parents and students in 1994.


Interns work closely with the program's director, Bebe Verdery, and professional staff of the Education Reform program.  Interns may do some or all of the following: help track education related news, perform factual research, support our coalition work, attend city council and school board meetings, help track legislation, conduct bill analysis, help draft testimony, file testimony, schedule us to testify, and attend meetings with policy makers and hearings. Fall Interns are expected to be flexible to visit school sites as well and work in the office. The Maryland General Assembly is in session from January through mid-April annually and this is the busiest and most exciting time for the program.  Spring Interns will spend more time in Annapolis from January through mid-April, in the midst of the action; therefore, transportation to travel to Annapolis is required. 


Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, strong social media skills, excellent time management skills, and a healthy sense of humor.


Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until all positions are filled, but students should apply early to ensure consideration.  Applicants can apply for the Fall and/or the Spring.  Fall and Spring Interns are asked to work 10-15 hours per week. The internship is unpaid, but parking is reimbursed.


Interested students should send a cover letter (indicating which semester you are applying for), resume, official or unofficial transcript, and the name of at least two references to:


Kimberly Humphrey


The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.