Virtual internships


Communications & Media Advocacy

Deadline date

March 22, 2024


In collaboration with Cal State LA’s Department of Communication Studies, the ACLU SoCal seeks an intern to work with its Communications & Media Advocacy Department for a part-time, eight to 10-week internship from June to August 2024. 

This internship is open to a student entering their third or fourth year at the Department of Communication Studies at Cal State LA. This internship will be held mostly virtually with occasional site visits and in-person meetings.

For all other internship inquiries or opportunities at the ACLU SoCal, please contact internship@aclusocal.org.

Internship Opportunities and Responsibilities

Communications and media advocacy are fundamental to the mission and work of the ACLU SoCal. The Communications & Media Advocacy (CMA) Department is composed of three distinct teams: Media (press and digital), Creative, and Strategic Partnerships.

The selected intern will report directly to a department staffer and will interact directly with communications staff, attorneys, community organizers, partner organizations, and clients. The intern will work on project(s) tailored to their interests and skills as well as the department's priorities, which will be determined in the first week of the internship. The projects may touch upon one or more of the following areas:

  • Editorial and communications strategy
  • Press and media relations
  • Content creation and multimedia
  • Messaging and narrative research 
  • Social media, web, and digital
  • Event planning and partnerships
  • Data analytics and coordination

Internship Learning Outcomes

After completing this internship, the student should be able to:   

  • Apply knowledge of theory and best practices of relational, social, political and intercultural communication  to professional settings.     
  • Demonstrate professional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Deliver informative and persuasive multimedia presentations.
  • Write audience and content analysis across media platforms.  


This internship is open to a student entering their third or fourth year at the Department of Communication Studies at Cal State LA. 

The intern will need to enroll in COMM 4180, Internship in Communication Studies during the 2023 Summer Session. Prerequisites for COMM 4180 include COMM 3000, Applied Writing in Communication, and  a theory course (COMM 3100 or 3200), plus a GPA of 2.75 or higher.   


The intern may receive a stipend of $3,000.


All applicants should submit the following to internship@aclusocal.org by Friday, March 22, 2024:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample

In your email subject line, please include the following information: [CSLA COMMS INTERN] Your First and Last Name. For example: “Subject: [CSLA COMMS INTERN] Upton Sinclair”

The decision will be made by April 19, 2024.

If you have questions regarding internships at the ACLU SoCal, please contact internship@aclusocal.org.

The ACLU SoCal is committed to developing a culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we serve. 

The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer that does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities, lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic information. The ACLU SoCal does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.