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Fellowships and Internships

  • Law & Policy Fellow (New York)

    October 19, 2017

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    NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)

    Law & Policy Fellow

    New York

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (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 African-American 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 always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

  • Economic Justice Fellowship Position (NY or DC)

    October 6, 2017

    NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)
    Economic Justice Fellowship Position (NY or DC)

  • Spring Archives Intern

    September 15, 2017

    The Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI) at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks a current or recent Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) graduate student for a Spring 2018 archives internship. The TMI Archives department serves three major functions: building and managing an archival repository based on LDF’s historic records, providing library services including research support, and overseeing records management.

  • 2017-2018 Law Student Semester Internships: New York and Washington D.C. Offices

    August 23, 2017

    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.

  • 2018 Summer Law Student Internship

    August 23, 2017

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)* is currently accepting applications from law students for 2018 summer internships for the New York and Washington D.C. Office.

  • 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.

  • 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.