The ACLU of Oklahoma is seeking rising second and third year law students interested in public interest, social justice, and human rights law for prospective legal internships. As the Oklahoma affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the nation’s oldest and largest human rights organizations, we are a non-profit, non-partisan organization working for the protection of human rights and the advancement of social justice. Our priority issues include immigration rights, criminal justice, voting rights, LGBT+ rights, racial equity, freedom of and from religion, freedom of speech, right to privacy, due process of law, and equal protection. We handle a diverse set of legal and public advocacy cases and projects in forums ranging from municipal councils to the US Supreme Court.

The ACLU of Oklahoma receives several thousand requests for assistance each year and looks to volunteers to help expand our ability to respond to those in need and work proactively to effect change. Work varies from assignment to assignment, but generally consists of legal research for briefs and arguments, helping with client communications and meetings, and at times, oral arguments or hearings in court. In addition, interns often work on more specifically focused long-term projects in areas such as criminal justice reform.

Interns will work with and be guided by both ACLU of Oklahoma’s Legal Director and Staff Attorney. Compensation of $15/hour up to 15 hours a week will be provided. We also strongly encourage interns to apply for fellowships or other sources of funding, and/or to apply to receive course credit or pro bono hours for the internship. We are happy to work with fellowship funding sources and clinical education or independent study advisors, and we work to remain flexible for interns who may need to balance their internship with part-time paid employment.

The ACLU of Oklahoma is committed to empowering and uplifting the experiences of impacted communities and encourages those who identify as a member of a community directly impacted by our work to apply.

If you are interested, please email your resume and a cover letter in a single document with your full name in the title to Bryan Newell, Operations Manager at ACLU of Oklahoma, at by March 1, 2020 with the subject line of “ACLU-OK 2020 Summer Internship.”

We plan to interview prospective candidates during the month of March and select interns on a rolling basis, so please act quickly as our capacity is limited. We will not be accepting any applications after March 1st.

If you have any questions about our program or applications, please email Bryan Newell, at, or call the office at 405-524-8511.