The ACLU of Alaska Advocacy Department seeks to strengthen its work and capacity in community organizing efforts by hosting a Community Organizing Internship in the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters of 2024. This internship will support the work of the ACLU of Alaska Advocacy Department through strategic community organizing in Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, and other areas of Alaska as needed. This internship will also provide and strengthen quality leadership, campaigning, and organizing skills for students and introduce them to organizing and advocacy in a non-profit setting. This internship may be carried on into future semesters with continued interest for up to two semesters.   

The ACLU of Alaska works to defend and strengthen our individual rights and civil liberties for all Alaskans. Our organization and Advocacy Department engages and works on various issues, including prison reform, justice for queer and transgender Alaskans, police accountability, privacy, and more.  

Organizing and Communications Intern 

The Community Organizing and Communications Intern will support the ACLU of Alaska’s Community Outreach efforts throughout the internship. This intern will focus on building strong ties with individuals in our communities to steward participation in defending Alaskan civil liberties. 

The ACLU of Alaska Community Organizing Intern will be responsible for the following:  

  • Conducting and participating in community-based tabling, recruitment, and outreach efforts over the semester at community events statewide. 
  • Assisting with ongoing ACLU of Alaska programming, including Know Your Rights trainings, Legislative Action Nights, and more, overseeing the ACLU of Alaska outreach table, getting members signed into our event, and helping with material prep. 
  • Overseeing data management and growth of the ACLU of Alaska Action Network volunteer and community database through the advocacy postcard process.  
  • Participating and leading ongoing outreach, canvassing, and community engagement efforts, including phone banking, text banking, social media engagement, community engagement, action alerts, and more.   
  • Support the Communications Director with social media content creation for Facebook, X, Instagram, Threads, and TikTok. 
  • Produce 1-3 blogs for website/ digital sharing. 
  • Track advocacy email data and suggest best practices for sending and formatting to the ACLU of Alaska audience. 

The ACLU of Alaska Organizing Manager will oversee this internship with assistance from the ACLU of Alaska Communications Department and a University Faculty Advisor over the semester. This internship will provide hands-on experience working in the non-profit sector. It will provide opportunities to gain knowledge about community and civic engagement.  

Interns should possess the following:  

  • A desire to learn about and engage in community advocacy and organizing.  
  • A commitment to the ACLU of Alaska’s mission to protect Alaskan civil rights and liberties.  
  • Interest in building relationships and having conversations with people in public settings.  
  • An ability to follow through with tasks and assignments and meet deadlines.  

Location: Anchorage

This unpaid internship can fulfill 3-6 Independent study or Internship credits, including a travel stipend or reimbursement for community events. Students may also contact their faculty advisor or professors regarding internship for credit opportunities and programs, such as the Civically Engaged Student Assist (CESA) Program at UAA, to get funding for participating in this internship.

Please apply by sending your resume to Organizing Manager Moira Pyhala at or by email with questions or for more information.