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

Summer Undergraduate/Graduate Communications Internship

August 1, 2017

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.


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 using Meltwater; proofreading; Internet research; and other projects as needed. We're looking for a driven self-starter capable of taking direction and playing a strong role on our team. 


 The ideal candidate will possess: 

  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to racial justice issues and the work of LDF.
  • 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, marketing, etc.
  • 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 or

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


About the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund:
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is a non-profit civil rights law firm founded in 1940 under the leadership of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  For decades LDF has worked through the courts and Congress to make our nation’s constitutional and statutory guarantees of equal treatment and civil rights a reality for African Americans and other disfranchised groups.  LDF’s current docket reflects its continued commitment to combating race participation on account of race.  In addition, LDF is involved in policy and legislative work on civil rights discrimination and its effects, ensuring equality of opportunity, and promoting inclusion of those who have been excluded from full issues at a national level. Our Communications Department works to increase LDF’s profile in the traditional and new media coverage of the issues where it plays a leadership role. For further information, visit our website at

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, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.