As a non-profit public interest legal organization, the ACLU of Georgia has a very small staff that is tasked with trying to protect and uphold our Constitutional rights. Because of this minimized structure, we rely heavily on volunteers and interns to help make our goals a reality. If you are interested in helping out with the ACLU of Georgia, we would more than welcome your participation and support.
To volunteer at the ACLU, all we ask is that you contact Diane Winters at 770-303-8111. She will coordinate with you to set up a time at which you can come in and get oriented to our office and our work in general. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteering work with the ACLU could include:
If you are a student, internships at the ACLU of Georgia are also available:
All Clerkships with the ACLU are unpaid and require a commitment of 10 weeks. Law clerks in the legal department are asked to conduct legal research, draft legal memorandum, meet with clients, create and maintain case files, attend legal committee meetings, attend oral arguments of the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, participate in legislative advocacy efforts, and facilitate community related events to support the work of the legal department.
Apply through pslawnet.org
Download the National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project Law Clerk information.
Download specific internship information.
Download the paralegal information.
Interns are responsible for several significant activities of the Georgia ACLU. Because we have a very small staff and receive about twenty requests for assistance each day, the help of our interns and volunteers are necessary for reviewing and responding to these requests. Many times our limited resources will not allow us to litigate cases that do, indeed, have merit. In these instances, Interns draft special letters on behalf of the individual attempting to resolve the situation.
Interns also assist staff with the cases that the ACLU does accept. They assist in interviewing potential clients, arrange press releases, file documents with courts, and occasionally help the executive director in lobbying efforts, or other miscellaneous tasks. In addition, interns will assist with day to day office tasks of photocopying, answering the phones and bulk mailing.
An opportunity also exists to assist with and learn fundraising, grant writing, grant research, and publication skills while working with our Development person.
The ACLU of Georgia would like its interns to have good writing skills, be able to screen letters for specific issues, work with minimal or no supervision, and have at least some knowledge of computers (especially word processing). Students willing to undertake a wide variety of tasks are always welcomed.
Internships are unpaid and available year round (minimum 10-15 hours weekly).