Communications and Engagement

Deadline date

5PM ET, Friday, April 19, 2024

We're hiring summer interns! Learn more and apply by 5PM ET, Friday, April 19, 2024.

About the ACLU of Maine:

Founded in 1920, the ACLU is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that uses legal, legislative, and public education approaches to protect and promote a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties including free speech, racial justice, criminal legal reform, immigrants' rights, voting rights, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, and more. The ACLU of Maine is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties in the United States. 

Founded in 1968, the ACLU of Maine is a premier public advocacy organization, serving as Maine’s guardian of liberty. Based in Portland, the ACLU of Maine has an operating budget of approximately $2 million. The organization is led by a 12-member Board of Directors and a highly skilled team of staff and interns, who work tirelessly to protect the rights of all people in Maine and advance the ACLU of Maine’s priority issues. Non-managerial full-time staff are members of a union, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989.

About the Opportunity:

The ACLU of Maine is seeking three communications and engagement interns. The ACLU of Maine’s Department of Communications and Engagement creates, maintains, and expands message narratives to engage our supporters and other target audiences by working with media, and mobilizing supporters to create lasting change that protects and expands the civil rights and liberties of all people in Maine.

The communications and engagement interns are valuable members of the team who work on public outreach campaigns, attend community events, draft messaging for internal and external communications, support advocacy initiatives, and assist with the general operations of the ACLU of Maine.

Interns must be at least 18 years of age. Interns are not required to be students or currently enrolled in any educational or vocational program. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities and Qualifications:

Key responsibilities:

  • Create and edit posts for social media, draft copy for the website, and assist with internal departmental and organizational communications.
  • Assist with remote or in-person team meetings.
  • Help maintain team databases and track online engagement.
  • Assist with planning and execution of tabling at community events.
  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned.

Preferred experience and qualifications:

  • An interest in civil rights and community building.
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects.
  • An interest in researching, writing, and editing.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic circumstance.  
  • Lived experience with any of our issue areas.
  • Experience in community or volunteer engagement.

Location, Compensation, and Time:


Interns are required to work in-person two days a week at our Portland, Maine, office with two days remote.

Time Commitment:

Summer internships are 32 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Internship Duration:

8 weeks to be completed between May 27, 2024, and August 2, 2024.


Interns will be paid a $5,000 stipend in four biweekly installments. The stipend amount breaks down to $19.53 per hour.

Application Process:

Please complete the questions on this form by 5PM ET, Friday, April 19, 2024. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

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The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.  

The ACLU makes every effort to ensure that its recruitment and employment practices provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.  

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email GHooke@ACLUMaine.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.