The Thurgood Marshall Institute (Institute) is a multidisciplinary center within the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF). Launched in 2015, the Institute complements LDF’s traditional litigation strengths, by arming LDF with dedicated support for three critical capabilities in the fight for racial justice: research, targeted advocacy campaigns, and public education. The Institute also houses LDF’s Archives—a collection of materials chronicling the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Institute seeks an undergraduate or graduate student intern to provide research, policy, and administrative support to its Prosecutor Reform Project (PRP), under the supervision of its Manager. The PRP aims to educate African American communities on the importance of prosecutor elections to reform the criminal justice system. A key objective of this project is to provide non-partisan assistance to community partners that will enable them to lead voters in evaluating prosecutor candidates. Our assistance will focus on issues that relate to the elimination of racial discrimination from the criminal justice system. The intern will support the day-to-day management of the project and assist with the project work including policy research and analysis, grassroots outreach and engagement, content planning and development, and strategic communications.

The deadline to apply is September 13, 2019. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to, and specify in the email subject line “TMI Intern Application.”


The intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct policy research in support of PRP’s short- and long-term advocacy goals, and assist with drafting advocacy documents such as briefing notes, talking points, and factsheets on related policy issues;
  • Track and review news articles and legislative actions related to pretrial justice, as well as external reports and publications and summarize relevant findings;
  • Support the development of web and social media content around key influencing opportunities related to the project’s work and assist in drafting public-facing materials;
  • Conduct research for Institute initiatives related to criminal justice and other issues; and
  • Provide administrative support to the Institute team as

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 a passion for policy, attention to detail, and a growth-oriented mindset.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled at a two- or four-year college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student;
  • Availability of between 12 and 40 hours a week (part-time or full-time), for one or two semesters;
  • Interest in public policy and/or criminal justice and 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.