The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. and Arizona constitutions. Founded in 1959, the ACLU of Arizona places great emphasis on the role of communications in framing the debate around civil liberties issues and building support for civil liberties in Arizona. The ACLU of Arizona invites applications for a semester-long (fall, spring or summer terms) Communications & Media Relations Internship.
A Communications & Media Relations Internship at the ACLU of Arizona provides students with an opportunity to actively work on journalism- and public relations-related projects on a wide variety of highly-publicized civil liberties issues, including immigrants’ rights, the freedom to marry, separation of church and state, reproductive freedom and racial profiling. The Communications & Media Relations Intern will be supervised by the ACLU of Arizona Communications Director. A commitment of approximately 10 weeks is requested, although the specific length and terms of the internship will be negotiated when an offer is made. This internship is unpaid, with the opportunity to earn school credit. Work will be approximately 16 hours/week.
If you would like free assistance with your resume and cover letter PRIOR to applying, please call or visit the Career & Transfer Center at EMCC at 623-935-8740. These services are on an APPOINTMENT ONLY basis. Please plan ahead while preparing for this internship.
The responsibilities of the Communications & Media Relations Intern will include:
- Providing assistance in tracking current events pertinent to the organization’s agenda;
- Tracking media coverage of ACLU issues and initiatives;
- Drafting press releases and social media content;
- Updating media contact lists and maintaining clip files;
- Photographing and interviewing ACLU clients on video;
- Drafting various communications materials including messaging materials for ACLU staff;
- Updating the ACLU of Arizona’s Web site; and
- Performing other duties integral to the ACLU of Arizona’s mission.
- Applicants should have excellent research, writing and communications skills.
- Applicants must be computer savvy, including familiarity with Excel and website content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress.
- Demonstration of news gathering and storytelling ability in writing and/or video.
- Ability to work independently.
- An interest in political science, the legislative process, communication/media relations and current events.
- Current EMCC Student
- Have a min. of a 2.5 GPA
- Majoring or interested in graphic design, marketing, communications, or any other related degree.
- Schedule an appointment with the Career & Transfer Center for a resume and cover letter appointment, 623-935-8740.
- The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.