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LOCATION: Washington, DC / United States
Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).
TIME ZONE: ET
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: The communications team leads the organization’s narrative strategy to shift harmful narratives about our criminal justice, education, and democratic systems. We build power and voice for communities of color through digital advocacy, earned media, social impact storytelling, and culture change that shape how we think about race, democracy and justice. The intern will be part of the Advancement Project’s communications team and will support our digital advocacy efforts (e-advocacy and social media) and earned media strategies by writing and developing content, supporting digital campaigns, and creating press and digital materials and toolkits. We are looking for someone who has:
- Strong writing skills
- A demonstrated commitment to racial and gender justice
- An understanding and/or curiosity of abolition framework and systems change issues facing Black communities and other communities of color, and
- Experience in strategic communications a plus
SPECIALIZED SKILLS: Social Media Management & Marketing
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Our values: We believe that a racially just democracy can be achieved through multiracial collective action by organized communities, that includes voting.We honor and respect the wisdom and judgment of local communities, and are committed that our partnerships be equal ones, with each party being stronger and having more power as a result of the work that we do together.We are committed to equality and justice for all people, and believe in building multiracial and multicultural coalitions to accomplish our work wherever possible. We are committed to having people of color in positions of power and leadership in the racial justice movement. We don’t shy away from tough issues or situations; we are willing to take risks and challenge institutions of power. We are willing to change, try new approaches, and experiment to find the best solutions.We believe that ultimately achieving racial, social, and economic justice requires addressing the institutional barriers to equality.We believe in community self-determination. We produce high quality work products that are clear and easy to read and use.We are collaborative and create space for feedback so that we can grow and learn from one another We are committed to having a racially and culturally diverse staff and Board of Directors, and believe that without one we cannot effectively accomplish our purpose.We work hard, hold ourselves to high standards, and enjoy working together
TIME ZONE: Eastern (EST)
WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.
EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
2021 Intern Reflection:
This summer I have had the privilege of working with Advancement Project's National Office based in Washington, D.C. Though working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the communications team has done a fantastic job of easing my transition to the company and welcoming me to their many impactful and meaningful projects. To name a few, I have spent my time thus far working on social for the Voting Rights channels, as well as research/writing for the Voting Rights Restoration campaign that aims to reinstate the eligibility of formerly incarcerated persons. I anticipate to also be able to write essays and shorter-form pieces for the organization's blog in the coming weeks. Perhaps the best part of this job - apart from the passionate, welcoming staff - is the flexibility. Everyone I have encountered from supervisors to other interns has been nothing willing to help me find projects that both interest and challenge me. The culture is truly unparalleled. In joining Advancement Project, you will enter an organization that gives you the same opportunity to learn and evolve personally, as well as to contribute to their larger mission-driven projects.
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