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

Fellowships and Internships

  • Summer 2017 Law Students Internships: New York and Washington D.C. Offices

    April 10, 2017

    2017 Summer program has been filled

  • Fall/Spring Archivist Intern

    March 28, 2017

    The Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI) at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. seeks two (2) highly motivated interns to assist in managing our historic case files, subject files and image collection, in addition to providing archival research assistance to LDF/TMI staff, including but not limited to the use of existing Finding Aids for both the archived files and the LDF Library.

    Special Project: Under the supervision of LDF’s Director of Archives and Information Management and staff, the interns are expected to take a major role in the planning and implementation of a project to arrange and describe our diverse collection of materials regarding equal opportunity in housing in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act in 2018. The interns will also work with our Communications department to develop appropriate presentations of LDF’s role in fair housing for our website and social media.

  • 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.

  • The Honorable Louis H. Pollak Memorial Fund Internship at LDF

    September 21, 2016

    Judge Louis H. Pollak dedicated his legal career to the struggle for racial justice and civil rights and had a nearly lifelong relationship to LDF and our work. Following the legacy of his father, Walter Pollak, who served as counsel for the Scottsboro Boys, Judge Pollak was one of the small cohort of volunteer lawyers who assisted the late Thurgood Marshall and other LDF attorneys in preparing the briefs for Brown v. Board of Education and Bolling v. Sharpe.

  • Law Student Semester Internships: New York and Washington D.C. Offices

    August 11, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)* is the nation’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation’s promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

    LDF uses litigation, public-policy advocacy, organizing and public-education programs to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair criminal justice system. 

    LDF is currently accepting applications from law students for semester-long internships for the fall and spring semesters in the New York and Washington DC Offices. Interns will be responsible for legal research, memorandum writing, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach materials, discovery review, and a host of other needs that arise in LDF’s litigation and advocacy efforts in the areas of Education, Political Participation, Economic Justice and Criminal Justice.

  • Post-Graduate Fellowship

    August 1, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Inc. (“LDF”) invites rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates to apply for LDF sponsorship for public interest fellowship projects to begin in the Fall of 2016, Spring 2017 or Fall 2017.  Sponsorship will enable the applicant to submit proposals for consideration to fellowships offered by the applicant’s law school.

  • Summer Undergraduate/Graduate Communications Internship

    August 1, 2016

    LDF has an immediate need for a highly motivated and passionate Communications intern to work 15-25 hours per week in our New York or Washington D.C. office to help us coordinate our media outreach and social media/online communications. 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.