Internships

Communications INTERN

Law For Black Lives is a Black femme-led national network of over 3,500 radical lawyers committed to building a responsive legal infrastructure for movement organizations and cultivating a community of legal advocates trained in movement lawyering.  Law For Black Lives staff is a team of strong Black and Latinx femmes who are deeply committed to supporting the leadership of directly impacted communities and transforming the legal field to represent the values of movement lawyering, which are centered in building community power and democratizing the law.

The  communications team is responsible for promoting the L4BL’s mission, brand and programs through our website, email, and social media. Interns will join us in our office in Miami and work on strategic communications, digital organizing and content creation for our blog, website, multimedia and social media channels.

Interns will assist with:

  • The development of communications strategies  

  • Posting online content for our website and social media platforms

  • Research on social media and digital campaign best practices

  • Analyzing the effectiveness of existing online digital advocacy campaigns

  • Website and multimedia graphics and design

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • College or Graduate Student with a background in Communications, Marketing, and/or Social Sciences or similar experience

  • Excellent research and communication skills

  • Familiarity with social media and websites (Hootsuite, Squarespace and SalsaLabs are a plus)

  • Digital design and/or print experience are welcome

  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, or FinalCut

  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment

  • Experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice organizing and social movements

  • Familiarity with issues of racial justice, gender justice, civil and human rights

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Haitian Creole is appreciated, but not required

DURATION

Summer Internship: 10-12 weeks (Start Date June 1st)

TO APPLY

Please send your resume/CV, a writing sample and cover letter to info@law4blacklives.org.

Application due by May 31st.


MEMBERSHIP INTERN

Law For Black Lives is a Black femme-led national network of over 3,500 radical lawyers committed to building a responsive legal infrastructure for movement organizations and cultivating a community of legal advocates trained in movement lawyering.  Law For Black Lives staff is a team of strong Black and Latinx femmes who are deeply committed to supporting the leadership of directly impacted communities and transforming the legal field to represent the values of movement lawyering, which are centered in building community power and democratizing the law.

Interns will join us in our office in Miami or New York and work on strategic communications, political education and policy advocacy. Interns will provide support for communications, events and programs.  There will be a strong emphasis on assisting with drafting copy for online platforms, creating web graphics, promoting events and tracking online engagements.

 Interns will:

  • Assist with drafting copy for online blogs, event invites, volunteer profiles, membership newsletter and membership portal, etc.

  • Assist with tracking online engagements via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and email.

  • Support outreach and member engagement events across the country – including event planning and logistical support pre and post event.

  • Assist in membership and donor data management

  • Manage volunteer prospect list; maintain online volunteer recruitment postings.

  • Assist in volunteer and data management, writing and deploying volunteer communications, providing volunteers with various resources and information as needed as well as other volunteer program management functions.

  • Create analyses and visualizations to support strategic and operational decision making across advocacy, constituent engagement, and fundraising

  • Works with team to support member benefits campaign development, execution, tracking and optimization in digital communications and online and offline marketing channels, as needed.

  • Drive the strategy & optimization of the membership email confirmation experience to successfully educate and engage new members.

  • Assist with the creative development and execution of various campaigns and tactics aimed at increasing awareness and engagement with member benefits.

  • Create analyses and visualizations to support strategic and operational decision making across

  • advocacy, constituent engagement, and fundraising

DESIRED  QUALIFICATIONS

  • Upperclassmen in Undergrad, MBA Student and/or Law Student  or similar experience

  • Excellent  research and communication skills

  • Ability to critically review and prioritize online business needs with the end-user web experience.

  • Experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice organizing and social movements

  • Familiarity with issues of racial justice, gender justice, civil and human rights

  • Excellent communications skills; verbal and writing.

  • Highly organized with excellent time management skills; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, often under strict deadlines is required.

  • Ability to use discretion with regards to sensitive and confidential information.

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Haitian Creole is appreciated, but not required

DURATION

Summer Internship: 10-12 weeks (June 1st) 

Hours are flexible.

TO APPLY

Please send your resume/CV, a writing sample and cover letter to info@law4blacklives.org. 

Applications due May 31st. 


POLICY INTERN

Law For Black Lives is a Black femme-led national network of over 3,500 radical lawyers committed to building a responsive legal infrastructure for movement organizations and cultivating a community of legal advocates trained in movement lawyering.  Law For Black Lives staff is a team of strong Black and Latinx femmes who are deeply committed to supporting the leadership of directly impacted communities and transforming the legal field to represent the values of movement lawyering, which are centered in building community power and democratizing the law.

Law for Black Lives, along with our partners from across the country, are currently leading work around a number of policy issues including:  bail reform, fees and fines, reparations, land co-operatives and invest/divest. Our work consists of supporting litigation and advocacy efforts, conducting research for community partners, developing model legislation and designing toolkits and other educational materials for lawyers, legal workers and organizers.

Interns will join us in our office in Miami, Memphis, New York office or remotely. Interns will work closely with base building organizations, organizers and movement lawyers across the country to support ongoing policy and advocacy work.

Major areas of research will include:  

  • Working with grassroot organizations to conduct research around criminal legal reform specifically bail and jail closures. Students will focus on analysis of existing jail populations, bail laws, litigation strategies and alternatives to incarceration.  

  • Working with the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table to map and analyze ongoing policy reform in the areas of: criminal legal reforms, policing, housing, education, environmental justice and health.

  • Working with local grassroots organizations across the country to conduct research focused on local and state budgets and creating tools for organizers to better analyze and understand the budget process.

  • Working with local and national movement organizations to complete requested research around ongoing campaigns including invest/divest campaigns, decriminalization campaigns, etc..

Students will experience the unique opportunities and challenges of utilizing a community lawyering approach in different contexts.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any stipend but we are happy to support law students' applications for funding through their law schools or other grants.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • First or Second Year Law Student or demonstrated interest in the law

  • Excellent legal research and communication skills

  • Experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice organizing and social movements

  • Familiarity with issues of racial justice, gender justice, civil and human rights

DURATION

Summer Internship: 10-12 weeks (June 1st) 

To learn more please email Marbre Stahly-Butts at marbre@law4blacklives.org.

TO APPLY

Please send your resume/CV, a writing sample and cover letter to info@law4blacklives.org.

Applications due May 31st.