Advancement Project is a national multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.
Advancement Project is seeking a motivated candidate for a communications internship position at our national Washington, DC office. This internship will offer opportunities to acquire skills and work closely with our talented communications professionals, as well as our staff of civil rights attorneys, while gaining experience in research, writing, media relations, social media and strategic communications.
Our communications intern should demonstrate strong writing skills, as they will be called upon to assist with writing and editing pieces for our website, blogs, emails and social networking platforms. Candidates should be able to follow instructions as well as possess the ability to work independently. Applicants should also be knowledgeable of online communications and social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and have an interest in in racial justice advocacy.
2018 Intern Reflection
Working at Advancement Project has been extremely gratifying for me. Advancement Project is a civil rights organization that combines legal work, organizing, and communications in order to advance their vision for a future free from racism and discrimination, so working here is a unique opportunity to simultaneously learn invaluable communications skills while also gaining exposure to legal and organizing work. The campaigns that you will get to work on are incredible and inspiring, and every day you are grounded in the sense that you are doing work worth doing. As a communications intern, you get to do everything from drafting blog posts and media documents to copy-editing reports to producing your own digital content; Advancement Project truly does tailor the internship experience to what your own interests are, and to what skills you are hoping to gain from your time there. As an avid writer, I was able to spend some of my time writing my own op-ed, while also getting to work with the digital communications strategist on a social media campaign for the release of one of AP’s reports. The location of the office is great, and everyone is super friendly and treats you like an equal -- even the executive director! This internship has refined my existing skills and introduced me to a whole host of new ones, and I would highly recommend anyone interested in law, racial or social justice, or just communications work to apply!
Samantha Gamble '21
2017 Intern Reflection
Working at Advancement Project has been one of the most useful things I’ve done in terms of figuring out my professional life after college. I highly recommend this internship if you have any interest in the intersection between law and civil rights or racial justice. By partnering with grassroot organizations across the country, Advancement Project gets their hands into a huge array of civil rights justice issues, so as a member of the communications team I’ve gotten to intimately know the current work around voting rights, education reform, criminal justice, and immigrants’ rights. The whole time I’ve been here, I have been treated as a valuable member of the team, and the work I’ve done has been useful and meaningful. Unlike some other internships, my supervisors actually sat down with me at the beginning of the summer to develop a work plan centered around my summer goals.
I’ve been given a project to develop all on my own - a research report about the prevalence of criminalizing discourse in Spanish media. My supervisors and I developed the vision for this project collaboratively, with my goal of using Spanish language professionally in mind. Besides that, I’ve gotten to develop op-eds (some in Spanish) for Advancement Project’s partners and have been published in national publications. Additionally, I’ve learned how to create media plans for particular campaigns. This means I’ve developed several target lists of reporters, written media advisories, pitched to reporters, and helped decide what story angles are most strategic for different campaigns.
Beyond the work I’ve done, the office environment has been filled with kindness and support from all levels at the company. I’ve had lunch with so many of Advancement Project’s program directors and its Executive Director. I can proudly say I’ve worked in an environment with many women of color from unique backgrounds who have uplifted my work and inspired me tremendously. My direct supervisor has been especially supportive and attentive of my professional growth.
Michelle Borbon '19
2015 Intern Reflection:
This summer I am working as a communications intern with the Advancement Project. The Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization that partners with grassroots organizations throughout the country, like the Dream Defenders and the NAACP, in order to work on achieving substantive change in their communities. Right now, Advancement Project is primarily focused on five particular interest areas: education reform, ending the school-to-prison pipeline and mass incarceration, voting rights protection, immigration reform, and the criminalization of youth of color. We work with our partners to ensure that they have the communications, legal, and general support to bring positive change to their neighborhoods and lives.
As a communications intern focused on the issue of the hyper-criminalization of youth of color, I’m constantly working on different projects and tasks. In a typical workday I can go from writing press statements and arranging TV interviews for our partners, to drafting work plans and monitoring our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Working with the Advancement Project has been such a formative, challenging, and inspirational opportunity because I am constantly growing. Whether I’m tackling a new assignment for the first time, or reading through public opinion research and taking notes just like in class, I’m constantly affirmed and reminded that the work that I’m doing is both important and relevant to the racial justice struggle sweeping the country today. Each day that I walk into the office I’m reminded of the beauty in working with and for the people to ensure that their rights and, more importantly, humanity is universally recognized. I absolutely love working for the Advancement Project, and I hope to be able to come back some day and continue to do this important, and necessary, work.
Olivia Castor '17