NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF)

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF)

***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 6 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

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).


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

INDUSTRY: Think Tank / Research / Policy

ABOUT US: The Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multidisciplinary center within the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Launched in 2015, the Institute complements LDF’s traditional litigation strengths and brings critical capabilities to the fight for racial justice, including research and targeted advocacy campaigns. The Institute also houses LDF’s Archives—a collection of materials chronicling the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.


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


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


Interns will have the opportunity to work across all of LDF's departments. We have an extremely collaborative working environment, that often requires stepping out of one's comfort zone. Interns will work most closely with employees in the Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF. We anticipate that we will likely be working in a hybrid format during the summer.


  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi

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


2021 Reflection:

There is no more awe-inspiring experience for someone interested in social justice and advocacy than working at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Even through my computer screen this summer, I had the feeling that I was joining an incredible legacy of legal advocates committed to turning peoples' lives around. The unique online experience meant that I got to contribute to legal projects from both the Washington D.C. and New York City offices and meet personnel from both teams. I got to work on issues my supervisor knew were important to me, everything from voter rights, public health, educational equity, or accessible housing. As part of the Thurgood Marshall Institute, a division of the LDF, I got to produce valuable research alongside my supervisors and found it really rewarding taking my data and academic research skills and applying it to serve our clients and their communities. Additionally, my supervisors gave me really great freedom to pursue my projects and workload as I saw fit and that was really empowering. This is definitely one of the most special experiences I've had at Harvard and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in law or public policy!

- Anan Hafez