The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties continues its commitment to be community connected through a vital organizing team. This year our youth organizing work in San Diego successfully reached over 1,000 students and community members. As we continue to grow, more opportunities for the development of future community organizing leaders have become available.

The ACLU seeks two interns to assist the Youth Organizer in running the Youth Activists for Change program at local high schools during the fall semester. Each intern will be assigned to one of our existing high school programs. The internship will be a high intensity youth organizing program through which interns will develop community organizing, curriculum building, and integrated advocacy skills and knowledge.

About the Program:
The San Diego ACLU Youth Program is an organizing and leadership development program for high school youth in San Diego County. Its purpose is to implement a year-round program to introduce youth to critical consciousness, community organizing and their civil rights and liberties. Youth in the program will learn about San Diego ACLU campaigns and the value of integrated advocacy, in which, litigation, policy, communications and organizing are key organizational strategies to advance and protect the civil rights and liberties of the community.

Ultimately, this politicization will allow youth to become agents of their own social and political transformation, and guide them to be active participants in advocating for the civil rights and liberties of their communities.

Youth Organizing Interns Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Interns must work 15 hours a week on their assigned projects;
  • Interns will work on a plan to develop a youth membership base of 15 students at their school site, and a retention plan throughout the year;
  • Interns will help with the one on one development of at least 5 core youth members and continue their development throughout the year;
  • Develop and implement a leadership and advocacy curriculum based on students’ civil rights and liberties issues of interest;
  • Assist youth in developing a yearlong civil rights and civil liberties project or campaign, and guide the organizing of at least one youth-led event per semester;
  • Assist in the planning of youth’s leadership retreats and development trainings;
  • Mobilize youth base to attend ACLU events and local community partners’ events, rallies and meetings;
  • Coordinate with the Youth Organizer on the 2016 Youth Power Summit outreach efforts, and the 2017 End of the Year Banquet;
  • Manage and Update the Youth Program’s binder and related content

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment;
  • Highly organized, and detail-oriented;
  • Strong listening, speaking, and writing skills;
  • Ability to remain calm even in stressful situations;
  • Capacity and desire to work in multicultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability is an important institutional value;
  • Flexible schedule and willing to put in time as needed especially during rapid response situations;
  • Proficiency with software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, and typing skills at an intermediate level;
  • Bilingual or multilingual strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with high school youth preferredInternships are unpaid: However, the ACLU is willing to discuss cooperating with students applying for public interest grants or obtaining course credit.

DEADLINE: We encourage applicants to send materials as soon as possible. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job posting. Please send application package by Monday, October 24th, 2016.

Application Procedure: Interested individuals must send a cover letter and resume, preferably by email, to or by mail to:

ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties
ATTN: Non-Legal Internship Coordinator
PO Box 87131
San Diego, CA 92138-7131

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.