Become a Chapter Volunteer or Intern

Volunteer to Work with our Board or a Chapter Committees
The Chapter Board of Directors guides our policies and activities and works with the director to extend our reach. We are always looking for new board members to contribute energy, skills, time and/or money to our cause. Our board is regionally and ethnically diverse, and we are always open to new perspectives. Come see what you can offer.

Chapter committees plan and carry out much of our public education, development and fundraising activities We invite you to add your ideas and energy to help us increase the presence of the NYCLU in Central New York. Is there a civil liberties issue you feel passionate about? Then come talk to us about whether you can direct that energy toward making a difference.

Become a Volunteer in the Central New York Office
We welcome adult volunteers and mature teens to assist and support our local office. There are many opportunities to work on specific projects or assist in case processing. We always need people to read and summarize requests for legal assistance. Hundreds of people every year in Central New York request our help by phone, mail, fax and e-mail.

Professionals and people with specialized abilities, such as computer savvy, graphic design knowledge, public relations skills, fundraising experience, writing talent or teaching experience, are encouraged to volunteer. Is there an idea or project you would like to help us launch? Let us know!

We Welcome Student Interns
We have worked with undergraduate and graduate interns, and also with some mature high school students seeking community experience credit. An internship is a unique opportunity for unforgettable hands on learning and experience in nonprofit advocacy. If you want to be part of an organization that makes a difference, this is the place for you. Use your passion for justice to promote and defend civil liberties!

We don't banish our interns to a storeroom to file papers. As an intern, you will contribute substantial work to projects that have a genuine local impact. You will work directly with experienced professionals in the day-to-day substance of our work. The chapter director will assign you tasks and projects tailored to meet your interests and career goals.

Our interns work one day a week or 10-20 hours a week spread over several days. The office is near downtown Syracuse with free parking and a bus stop right outside the building. The building is safe and management staff is present during working hours. The director has supervised interns from Syracuse University, LeMoyne College, SUNY Oswego and Hamilton College. OCC students are welcome as well.

Offer Your Pro-bono Professional Services to the Chapter
We welcome the support and expertise of attorneys and other professionals. Attorneys who work with our Legal Committee help to screen and analyze requests for NYCLU assistance, and may contribute to and participate in civil liberties litigation.

Participants in the NYCLU Amicus Club are asked to commit an set amount of pro-bono time or to make an annual donation equivalent to one, two or four billable hours. The NYCLU will provide club members with updates on key civil liberties cases and notice of CLE sessions on civil liberties topics.

Please contact the chapter office if you are interested: (315) 471-2821 or email