Advancement Project

Advancement Project National Office

Communications Department

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 7 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline:

  • Writing Sample


LOCATION: Washington, DC / United States

INDUSTRY: Advocacy / Grassroots

ABOUT US: Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. Locally, we provide direct, hands-on support for organized communities in their struggles for racial and social justice, providing legal, communications and campaign organizing resources for on-the-ground efforts, while assisting in building their own capacity and power in their communities.

Nationally, we help weave movement and create context for breakthroughs on race. We serve as a convener to build momentum beyond place, creating a space to learn from one another and work together across space. We connect partners doing similar work across geographies and provide legal, policy, strategic campaign and communications support including shaping the narrative, exposing the problem and highlighting solutions. We also actively broaden and extend the practice of community-centered racial justice lawyering through training, networking, and the creation of tools and resources. We use strategic communications to influence public opinion on issues of race, democracy and justice, creating an opening for local change to occur. We choose project activities, whether national or local, with the potential to build power at the grassroots level and to reframe and accelerate the quest for racial justice. We do not shy away from difficult issues and typically are first responders to civil rights crises, as well as on the cutting edge of racial justice issues.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: 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 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Desired majors include but are not limited to: Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Human Communications Studies, Afro-American/Africana Studies, Political Science, Legal Communication, Film, Telecommunications Management, Television, Broadcast News, Speech-Language Pathology, etc.
  • 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 work independently and have a demonstrable, nuanced understanding of racial justice.
  • Applicants should also be highly organized and knowledgeable of online communications and social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and have an interest in racial justice advocacy.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS: Social Media Management & Marketing


REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: All employees and interns work remotely from 10am-6pm EST. All teams (including the communications, voting rights, justice project, immigration and education) meet virtually weekly via online platforms including Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Microsoft Teams. Cross programmatic work is coordinated through Microsoft Teams and all interns will have weekly dedicated check-ins with their immediate supervisors. During the summer, our office arranges virtual happy hours and requires interns to complete 1:1 meetings with Advancement Project staff to build relationships in the work. Special social events are also organized for interns in all departments.

TIME ZONE: Eastern (EST)

WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)


Advancement Project National Office is one of the nation’s foremost civil rights advocacy organizations. We work on the ground helping organized communities of color dismantle and reform the unjust and inequitable policies that undermine the promise of democracy. We offer an exciting and challenging mission focused on the elimination of structural racism through multi-racial grassroots organizing focused on changing public policies; supported by lawyers and communications strategies to create workable solutions and achieve systemic change.

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE

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 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. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Desired majors include but are not limited to: Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Human Communications Studies, Afro-American/Africana Studies, Political Science, Legal Communication, Film, Telecommunications Management, Television, Broadcast News, Speech-Language Pathology, etc.
  • 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 work independently and have a demonstrable, nuanced understanding of racial justice.
  • Applicants should also be highly organized and knowledgeable of online communications and social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and have an interest in racial justice advocacy.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

2019 Intern Reflection:

As a communications intern, there are a ton of possibilities and opportunities to seize within the Communications team at AP. In my first week, my supervisor sat down with me to think about my goals for the internship and develop a plan of projects I would pursue over my 10 weeks. On a day to day basis, I was integral in a lot of different communications work - drafting social media content, designing graphics, writing and editing pieces published on their blog, pitching to media, etc. As the organization also hosts legal interns, they also have many trainings on a wide variety of legal topics for them that I’ve had the ability to learn from. I’ve visited Capitol Hill and sat in on a congressional hearing. I’ve helped coordinate many of the organization’s events for their 2045 Project. The staff at AP is very inspiring and many have spent time grabbing coffee or just chatting with me, giving me a better understanding of work in this field and my postgrad plans. Overall, the experience has been great and I’ve really enjoyed my work at AP.

Mirielle Wright '21

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 worthwhile work. 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 learn 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

Washington, D.C.