Advancement Project

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.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION:

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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.

http://www.advancementproject.org/

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

Washington, D.C.
Advocacy/Policy, Communications/Press, Research