Legislative Intern
no image
ACLU of Idaho
Boise, ID, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago

Legislative Intern

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Idaho seeks a six-month, 20/hour per week Legislative Intern to join our staff of nine in Boise. [print version available below]

This position begins on November 4, 2019 in the ACLU Boise office and is funded through April 2020. The position is designed to give a successful candidate firsthand experience with grassroots community organizing, legislative advocacy and policy research. The Legislative Intern will work under the supervision of the Policy Director and Advocacy Fellow.

The intern will work on issues ranging from criminal justice, drug policy, racial justice, reproductive choice, LGBTQ rights, First Amendment issues, voting rights, housing and privacy. The intern will also work with the education, communications and legal departments within the ACLU of Idaho and build relationships with the national ACLU in order to achieve our legislative goals.

The Legislative Intern will have the unique opportunity to engage in the ACLU of Idaho’s growing legislative advocacy work as well as the organization’s broader public education campaigns. A diverse set of skills is required in order to assist in all aspects of work, from providing lobbying assistance during the 2020 legislative session, community organizing and event planning, to volunteer management, and research and writing. As a part of the intern’s pre-session legislative outreach work, emphasis will be placed on connecting with formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, support networks and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to connect the community with the ACLU's criminal justice legislative priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session.

Assist the Advocacy Fellow in organizing the ACLU’s Fair Chance Employment campaign. Projects include: organizing formerly incarcerated individuals, recruiting local businesses and community groups to endorse the ACLU’s policy proposal, providing ongoing event support, and collecting stories of impacted individuals.
Assist the Policy Director and Advocacy Fellow in contacting members, volunteers, and other individuals to take action on ACLU priority issues.
Plan and execute the ACLU of Idaho’s annual Lobby Day training and Cut50 Day of Compassion.
Research civil liberties implications of proposed legislation and assist in drafting talking points and testimony for public hearings.
Monitor the status of ACLU’s priority legislation; keep up-to-date on bill status, attend committee hearings as needed, prepare written reports on actions, maintain bill tracker and update fact sheets.
Research and write issue statements for inclusion in ACLU communications including email action alerts, social media updates, blog posts and website posts.
Accompany the Policy Director and Advocacy Fellow on legislative visits and coalition meetings as necessary.
Provide event planning support for the “Session Confessions” statewide tour.

Demonstrated experience with grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy or similar work.
General knowledge of the legislative process and commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
Basic understanding of racial justice, civil rights, and intersectionality of issues.
Experience working with diverse communities and coalition partners and a proven track record of successful, mutually respectful relationships with diverse allies; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
Flexibility and strong time management and multi-tasking skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and implement multiple projects simultaneously, manage tight deadlines and unexpected tasks as they arise.
Excellent written and oral communication experience as well as the ability to synthesize complex information from a variety of sources.
People with personal experience with the criminal justice system, including formerly incarcerated or close family experience with incarceration, are encouraged to apply for this position.
Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

This is a six-month internship (roughly 20 hours a week) with a salary of $12.50/hour, paid parking downtown, and will support students seeking school credits.

To Apply (Deadline Wednesday, October 23 by 9:00 am MST):

Please compile the following information (combine these materials into a single PDF file if possible) and send to ------------ with a subject line of “Legislative Intern”:

Letter of interest, no more than one page, explaining how your background and experience prepare you for this internship, and the vision you have for how you would help the ACLU of Idaho and the people of this state in this position;
One-page writing sample (see writing example below);
Three references (identifying their relationship to you as well as their email address and phone number).
Writing Sample


In 2019 the Idaho Legislature introduced HB138 (often referred to as “Expedited Eviction” legislation) that attempted to make it easier to evict tenants from their homes without adequate due process protections. Locate the bill on the Idaho State Legislature website. After reading the bill, as the ACLU of Idaho, draft testimony to the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee either supporting or opposing the bill.

The ACLU of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages people of color, people who have experienced incarceration, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who are queer, transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and women to apply.