The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and social equity through litigation, client and public education, and public policy advocacy with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent-setting litigation to address discrimination. Our work focuses on injustices in housing, employment, the criminal legal system, education, public accommodations, and the civil rights of immigrants. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice. The Committee’s staff is unionized with the National Organization of Legal Service Workers Local #2320, UAW. For more information on the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, please go to www.washlaw.org.


Students will assist in building the newly created communications department in all aspects of our work. Depending on the news cycle at a given time, student interns should expect to do work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Creating equal opportunity to economic stability for individuals and families.
  • Challenging the conditions that force racial and economic segregation and that limit options for safe, decent and affordable housing based on race and national origin.
  • Reducing barriers to public services and public accommodations.
  • Creating equal opportunity for an education.
  • Advocating on behalf of DC prisoners and reducing the impact of an unfair criminal system.

Work assignments will typically involve research, digital content coordinated and other work supporting our litigation and advocacy agenda, as well as participating in communication strategy sessions.  Full semester, part-time (15 hours/week minimum), and full-time summer internships are available. Our internships include a combination of in-person and remote work. Fully remote internships are not available currently.


The candidate will be responsible for social media, content creation based on news, media monitoring, research, and newsletter writing.


  • Demonstrated experience with social media
  • Proficiency in graphic design tools and photographs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Interested in learning


The Communications Intern assists in producing social media, content creation, newsletter writing, photographs, graphics, and research for communication planning.

  • Works with staff to develop and implement digital campaigns.
  • Collaborate with staff to research, create and share materials for initiatives and events.
  • Assist with media and digital platform monitoring, website posting, and newsletter production.

General Information

Interns are an important part of our work and many remain connected to the Committee long after their internship is over.  We expect our interns to be committed to social justice, to work hard, have fun, ask questions, and learn a great deal. The Committee provides interns with a multi-day orientation and training program, and provides additional training through a ‘lunch and learn’ series of talks.  Throughout the year, we look for opportunities for interns to participate in many learning and other activities in Washington DC’s vibrant community.


Applicants must be able to receive school credit for participating in the internship. We accept and review applications on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.  We encourage you to apply as early as possible all applications are reviewed, and interns are selected, on a rolling basis.

Applications must include the following, combined in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, your experience with/commitment to social justice, and your anticipated dates of availability
  • Current resume

Applications should be sent to: wlcjobs@washlaw.org.

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is an essential component of the Committee, and we encourage all qualified persons to apply. Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, matriculation, or political affiliation.


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