The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s leading civil and human rights legal 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’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek 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 and just judicial system.

LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI), a multidisciplinary center within LDF that conducts social science research, public education, and targeted advocacy, seeks an intern for Fall Semester 2020 to provide research, communications, and administrative support to the TMI team. This internship will be fully remote.
Internships are unpaid and limited in number. Students may seek outside funding and/or course credit.


The TMI Intern will:

  • Conduct research for TMI initiatives, campaigns, and projects;
  • Assist with TMI communications including social media planning and executing, updating the TMI website, and drafting public-facing materials;
  • Provide administrative support to the TMI team as needed; and
  • Support the planning, logistics, and execution of all TMI events, including TMI “Labs” and public-facing events with external partners/stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the nation’s premier civil rights legal advocacy organization. The ideal candidate must be a creative and forward-thinking problem solver who is eager to tackle an array of diverse duties in service of LDF’s racial justice advocacy mission. The ideal candidate will combine passion for policy, attention to detail, and a growth-oriented mindset.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled at a four-year or two-year college;
  • Availability of between 12 and 40 hours a week (part-time or full-time);
  • Interest in racial justice issues;
  • Strong attention to detail; and
  • Superior written and oral communications

Personal Attributes:

  • Commitment to LDF’s mission;
  • Collaborative and approachable in style; and
  • Self-confident, self-sufficient, and self-directed.