Public Policy Internship
Temporarily WFH due to COVID-19 Washington, DC Public Policy Department
Job Type

Americans United for Separation of Church and State—the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization—seeks second- or third-year law students or recent graduates to work as a public policy intern. Both part-time and full-time positions are available during the spring (January – May). 

For the last 75 years, Americans United has fought to protect the separation of church and state, which is the foundation of religious freedom for all. As a public policy intern, you will be working most closely with the State Policy Counsel on state advocacy, where some of the most notable and novel policy battles in the area of religious freedom happen. In the last year, we have fought state bills that were designed to introduce prayer in public schools and allow “religious freedom” to be used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people and deny women access to reproductive healthcare. We also fought an onslaught of state bills that would send taxpayer dollars to religious schools through school voucher schemes.

The public policy intern will help to monitor legislation introduced in the states, analyze bills, conduct legal research, and draft letters, amendments and/or testimony to state legislators, and social media content, including blog posts.

Compensation: Interns are usually able to obtain credit or funding through their law schools.

Work Location: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 internships are remote, though interns may make arrangements to work in the office with advance approval (if they are in the Washington, DC area). As of this time, we have not determined our work-location policy concerning Summer 2023 interns; please check the version of this announcement on our website at for updates.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and a list of three references. The cover letter should highlight why you want to work with us and what perspectives you would bring to strengthen our practice. The writing sample should be 5 pages or fewer; it should be your best example of comprehensive and detailed legal argument or analysis, should be your own work, and should not be substantially edited by anyone else. First-year law students who apply before receipt of their initial grades may submit a law-school transcript that shows their initial courses or an undergraduate transcript. 

Deadline:  Applications are considered on a rolling basis through December 15, 2022.

For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please visit our website at


Eligibility and Requirements:  Second- and third-year law students and recent law-school graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants should have strong research, writing, and analytical skills, an interest in statutory interpretation and legislative advocacy, and an interest in First Amendment jurisprudence. 

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy:  Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to have received a bivalent booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.