Internship positions have been filled, but we are still accepting applications for Summer 2020.

The ACLU is a volunteer-driven organization. From mailing newsletters to testifying before the legislature to distributing brochures and speaking to community groups - volunteers are our lifeblood. A few hours a week can make a big difference. Join us for camaraderie, a sense of purpose, and some excitement!

Interested in Being a Student Intern?   The ACLU of Hawaii provides many internship opportunities. Positions can be structured to meet the needs of individual students to a certain extent. Interns gain practical experience in legal and factual research, public education, legislative lobbying and the operation of a highly professional public interest organization. Interns also learn about current issues in which the ACLU of Hawaii is actively involved, and the civil liberties principles underlying its work. Internships are not paid positions. [Check with your college and/or law school to see whether you can receive academic credit.]

Although internship applications are considered year-round, prospective interns should apply for the internship period they are interested in (i.e. Summer, Fall, Spring) as early as possible. Slots for Summer Internships, in particular, fill up quickly.


The Bill of Rights, the Hawaii Constitution and civil rights laws would only be well-meaning promises if people did not fight to protect them. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the only national organization dedicated to defending and expanding the civil liberties of all people.

During each session of the Hawaii Legislature (begins January, ends May) and year-round at all levels of government, the ACLU of Hawaii works to persuade our government officials to pass legislation that protects civil liberties. The ACLU of Hawaii Legislative Program invites applications for Legislative externships. Our externship program is designed to offer students an opportunity to experience the day-to-day operations of the ACLU of Hawaii’s Legislative Program. Students will provide lobbying support and assist with various civil liberties initiatives and will work closely with and be supervised by our Legal Director or Legal and Legislative Assistant.


Send the following documents by mail or email to

ACLU of Hawaii
P.O. Box 3410,
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96801

or email to No phone calls please.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EMAIL SUBMISSIONS: To prevent the proliferation of computer viruses that can travel in Microsoft Word documents (very often without the sender knowing their files are infected), we do not open and will delete Word attachments. Send as a .pdf, or just cut and paste the plain text into your email.

  • A cover letter, including days and hours available, previous intern or volunteer experience, any skills that are particularly suited for the internship position you are seeking, and a phone number (and hours when you can be reached, if no answering machine).
  • A resume, and
  • A writing sample (for Legal Internship).

Upon receipt of these documents, your application will be considered. You may then be notified for an interview.

Equal opportunity & affirmative action employer and internship host. All interested individuals, including women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.