NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF)

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF)

***NEW TO 2021

***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, D.C. and New York, NY

INDUSTRY: Think Tank / Research / Policy

ABOUT US: The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s leading civil and human rights legal organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative—to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI), a multidisciplinary center within LDF that conducts social science research, public education, and targeted advocacy, seeks an intern for summer 2021 to provide research, communications, and administrative support to the TMI team.


  • Conduct research for TMI initiatives, campaigns, and projects;
  • Assist with TMI communications including social media planning and executing, updating the TMI website, and drafting public-facing materials;
  • Provide administrative support to the TMI team as needed; and
  • Support the planning, logistics, and execution of all TMI events, including TMI “Labs” and public-facing events with external partners/stakeholders.


  • Interest in racial justice issues;
  • Strong attention to detail; and
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.


  • Commitment to LDF’s mission;
  • Collaborative and approachable in style; and
  • Self-confident, self-sufficient, and self-directed.


  • Social Media Management & Marketing
  • Statistical & Data Analysis
  • Event planning and management


LDF has structured intern programs across multiple departments, and seeks to create a supportive remote work environment for all staff. While working remotely, interns will have formal supervision and access to career development and mentorship opportunities. Interns will participate in video conference meetings and will have access to LDF email and messaging for team correspondence.


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


  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi

  • Personal laptop
  • Web Camera
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)