Pittsburgh, PA


Policy & Advocacy

Deadline date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Position Description

At the ACLU of PA, it is important that we center directly impacted individuals in our work, as well as invest in impacted communities and people to build power. Investing in people means providing access to opportunities that allows for impacted individuals to build and grow their skillset to create transformative change in their communities, the criminal justice system, and for themselves and family. As a result, this internship is intended for those directly impacted by the criminal legal system or for the family members of those directly impacted. 

The internship is a one-year position. The intern will work closely with the Policy and Advocacy department and coalition partners to create and implement issue-based campaigns. The intern will assist the policy team in educating key stakeholders and community members about criminal justice campaigns,  and in creating campaign goals and implementing effective actions to forward those goals. This position will report to the Western PA Crim Justice Policy Advocate. This position will be based in Pittsburgh. Occasional weekends and evenings required. 

The health and safety of our staff and our community partners is our top priority. Therefore, this position requires a full COVID-19 vaccination and will be closely monitoring the safety of in-person meetings and travel. 

Time Commitment

The internship requires a time commitment of 15-20 hours per week, with a flexible schedule. Compensation for this position is $15,750.00. 


  • Assist with researching and analyzing opportunities for decarceration at the county level in Western Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on Allegheny County, including but not limited to the following topics: probation reform, bail and pre-trial detention reform, and policing and police reform. 
  • Conduct court-watching and investigation to gather information regarding problems with the criminal justice system in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations and testimony to support criminal justice reform advocacy efforts.
  • Assist with prison interviews for legal cases, as well as conducting additional interviews with impacted individuals to gain insight from those who have interacted with the criminal legal system.
  • Assist with lobbying local policymakers and electeds as needed.
  • Work with the CSJ Organizing & Outreach Fellow to stay  up-to-date on relevant current events in Allegheny County.
  • Collaborate with staff to develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals, in coordination with the senior field organizer.

Desired Experience and Qualifications

  • Direct experience in the criminal justice system either personally or through an immediate family member
  • Experience working on criminal legal issues, working with formerly incarcerated people and/or communities impacted by criminalization
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Experience with public speaking or presentations

How to Apply

To apply, send a letter stating your interest in this position, resume, and relevant writing sample or work product of 2-5 pages to advosearch@aclupa.org. Please include “Policy Advocate Fellow” and your name in the subject line of the email. In your email, please indicate where you learned of this position. No calls, please. 

About the ACLU of Pennsylvania

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization dedicated to defending and expanding individual rights and personal freedoms throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania. Through advocacy, public education and litigation, our staff and volunteers work to preserve and enhance liberties grounded in the United States and Pennsylvania constitutions and civil rights laws. Among those liberties are freedoms of speech, religion and association; the right to petition the government; separation of church and state; the right to privacy; reproductive freedom; due process of law; the rights of the accused; and the right to equal treatment under the law. 

The ACLU-PA is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-PA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.

Mandatory COVID 19 Vaccination Policy 

Following the CDC's guidance and the guidance of state and local agencies, to prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, ACLU-PA requires that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. Accordingly, employees must show proof of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.