Communications Internship

Immigration Equality is proud to be the national leader in the field we pioneered: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-positive immigrant rights. We helped end the HIV travel ban, led the successful fight to secure green cards for LGBTQ families, and represent LGBTQ asylum seekers and detainees every day.

Founded 25 years ago, Immigration Equality has a dual focus of direct representation and policy work. We take calls every day from clients who need help right now, and we work to change the systems that have lasting impact on how LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants get treated. We work with LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers and detainees, answering more than 4,000 hotline calls and representing more than 600 individual cases each year.

Immigration Equality seeks a Communications Intern to work at least 15-20 hours per week for a commitment of at least three months. The intern will work closely with our Communications team to support its various daily activities involving digital strategy, content creation and management, digital communications such as social media, email and website content, and receive exposure to and participate in strategic marketing and messaging for online immigration rights audiences. Because Immigration Equality’s office is an open, team-oriented environment, interns will also gain insight into many different facets of non-profit work, all while helping Immigration Equality raise awareness of the conditions facing LGBTQ and HIV affected people fleeing persecution in search of a safe place to call home.

Responsibilities:

·        Helping write or design social media content.

·        Responding to messages for legal help that come in via social media and email.

·        Setting up emails to our supporters in Mailchimp.

·        Monitoring and circulating press coverage on our issues.

·        Updating and organizing our press contacts and press coverage lists in Excel and Salesforce.

·        Supporting direct work with client-advocates and spokespeople and updating our story bank in Salesforce.

·        Coordinating meetings and supporting event coordination.

·        Working closely with the development department on fundraising efforts.

·        Participating in communications, staff, and development team meetings.

·        Other tasks as needed.

Qualifications:

·        Commitment to immigration rights and equality for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants.

·        Strong communication skills.

·        Ability to perform tasks with enthusiasm and a high attention to detail.

·        Technical proficiency and willingness to learn new technical tools.

·        Interest and proficiency in social media platforms and content.

·        Engaging, clear, quick, and concise writer.

·        Excited about sharing the stories of our clients and work while understanding the importance of client confidentiality.

How to Apply

Immigration Equality is an equal opportunity employer: immigrants, transgender people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality is a progressive organization with an open office plan. Applicants are expected to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.

A start date is negotiable. We cannot offer any remuneration for interns, but we are happy to assist with any paperwork needed to apply for academic credit, grants, or scholarships. Immigration Equality will accept internship applications until the position is filled. Interns must be currently in school or have graduated within the previous 6 months. This position will be fully remote.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Currently we are looking for fall interns. To apply, please send a resume, a compelling cover letter, and two writing samples to internships@immigrationequality.org with “Communications Internship” in the subject line.

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