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.
- 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