Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the separation of religion and government as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all. We use high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying and grassroots advocacy to ensure that religion does not dictate public policy, the government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith, and discrimination is not justified under the guise of religion.​

Category: 

  • Reproductive Rights (including abortion and contraception)

Internship description: 

We are seeking an Organizing Intern who will spend a significant amount of their time supporting our youth organizing and leadership program (au.org/youthfellows), including logistics, communications, and training. The Organizing Intern will need to have previous experience with facilitation and/or training and, through this internship, they will learn even more about youth organizing and leadership development. Other responsibilities may include community engagement and supporter recruitment, online research, and policy advocacy. The intern will also have the opportunity to propose and work on an independently led organizing project related to AU’s work and to their academic or career interests.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Experience creating and/or facilitating lessons, workshops, and/or trainings (about any topic, not necessarily advocacy and organizing)
  • Writing concisely and persuasively
  • Meeting deadlines and communicating about progress
  • Engaging with the public and recruiting supporters to take action
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Google Drive

Office information:

We are following the recommendations of our local public health department and are working remotely at this time, and are not sure when that will change. If we do return to working in person next summer, though, we would gladly welcome our interns in person. If in person, our office is ADA accessible, secured, and located in a business district of downtown DC, close to parking and public transportation including bus and metro. We provide accommodations for physical disability and neuro-diverse staff, flexible schedules, etc.

COVID-19 changes:

AU has made both logistical and mental health accommodations for our staff during the current crises. All staff have been outfitted with company laptops and are able to request any additional equipment they need. All staff also receive a monthly stipend to offset the cost of cell phone use and home utilities. AU currently closes for an All Office Mental Health Day approximately once per month, and we extended our “Summer Fridays” through the end of the pandemic - closing at 2:30pm on Fridays to provide staff additional time to rest at the end of the week. During the uprisings after the murder of George Floyd this summer and during the election, staff were encouraged to “be where they need to be.” Our CEO hosts monthly coffee-chats to keep her pulse on staff needs and provide staff a space with one another to process whatever is going on in the world at the moment. Those with care-giving responsibilities have been offered additional flexibility in their schedules and work-loads. We brought in a trainer to provide additional support to managers during this difficult time, and we have made a deliberate decision to prioritize people over productivity in these challenging times.

Location: 

  • Washington, DC

Work hours: 

24 hours per week

How many people work at the organization: 

35 full-time staff; 10 part-time Youth Fellows; ~150 volunteer leaders nationwide (approximately 20 volunteer > 5 hrs/month)

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes