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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Communications Internship

February 14, 2017

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.

From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF has a long-standing commitment to educating and supporting the next generation of civil rights leaders.  LDF trains interns in all aspects of civil rights communication and advocacy and is committed to helping them develop the skills necessary for a career in racial justice. 

LDF is seeking a highly motivated and passionate Communications intern to work 15-25 hours per week in our New York or Washington D.C. office with our media outreach and social media/online communications team. This is an opportunity to gain significant communications and public relations experience by working with a leading organization in the field of racial justice. Both undergraduate and graduate student applications are welcome.  Candidates returning to the workforce and looking for an opportunity to refresh their skills and learn more about careers in racial justice are also encouraged to apply.  If you plan to pursue a career in racial justice, we want to hear from you!

The LDF Communications Intern will assist the Communications Department and other staff with implementation of our overall communications strategy. Duties include, but are not limited to: drafting and editing press releases; pitching stories to reporters; updating online properties (website, social media networks); live event coverage; maintaining editorial calendars; compiling press clips; creating media lists; proofreading; Internet research; and other projects as needed. We're looking for a driven self-starter who is eager to learn. 

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to racial justice issues;
  • Eagerness to receive training;
  • A commitment to a career in civil rights;
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Academic and/or work experience in journalism, communications, politics and elections, social sciences, media, public relations or marketing;
  • A demonstrated commitment, competency and strong familiarity with issues affecting people of color in the areas of Education, Political Participation, Economic Justice and Criminal Justice;
  • Working knowledge of social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest;
  • Office experience preferred;
  • Background in content management systems and/or databases such as Meltwater a plus;
  • Photography and or video editing skills a plus;
  • Some graphic design experience a plus.

This is a part-time, unpaid internship. School credit is available. The schedule is flexible during regular business hours with some evening and weekend events.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of three references by email to

Monica Garcia, Director of Human Resources and Administration
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10006

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.