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Americans United: Student Affiliates

Supporting church-state separation from campus.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

We're on the lookout each year for qualified grassroots- and legal-focused interns to work with us in our DC office.

Internships at Americans United

Grassroots Intern

The Grassroots Intern will help the national office promote the work of Americans United among chapter members, students, local activists, and other supportive organizations. Specific duties will include: facilitating communication with community activists, helping to organize trainings for activists, drafting the chapter newsletter, and assisting department staff in the production of outreach materials. Additionally, the intern may be asked to represent Americans United at local and national conferences.

Eligibility and Requirements

All undergraduate students enrolled in a full-time academic program will be considered.


Academic credit and a written evaluation will be provided upon request. Limited transportation subsidy will be provided.

How To Apply

To apply, please e-mail the following to

  • resumé
  • cover letter
  • 3–5 page writing sample (this doesn't need to address our issues)


This position is open until filled.

Legal Intern

Americans United for Separation of Church and State—the nation's leading church-state advocacy organization—is seeking first-year, second-year, and third-year law students to work as interns in our legal department in Washington, D.C.

Americans United has a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of church-state issues, including religious activities in the public schools, government-sponsored religious displays, and public financing of parochial schools and religious social-service providers. Most of our cases are litigated in the federal courts and involve novel, cutting-edge constitutional questions.

The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research; screening incoming complaints and conducting non-litigation advocacy to resolve those with legal merit; and assisting with identifying new cases. Legal interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery.

Summer Opportunities

Applicants for Summer positions are encouraged to apply by January 15.

Fall and Spring Opportunities

Both part-time and full-time internships are available. Positions will remain open until filled; however, applicants for positions during the fall are encouraged to apply by September 1, and applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by December 15.

How To Apply

Please mail a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (if available), writing sample, and the names of three references to:

Thelma Scott Legal Department Americans United 1301 K Street NW Suite 850, East Tower Washington, DC 20005

You may also e-mail an additional copy of your application to No faxes or telephone calls please.