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Brennan Center for Justice Communications Summer 2022 Undergraduate Internships in New York, New York

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, in the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

We are seeking interns to provide administrative and clerical support to staff for our New York office in our Communications department with our media, events, and creative teams.

Responsibilities: All interns will assist with general administrative work for the Brennan Center, including, coordinating meetings and drafting routine. Additionally, there will be opportunities to attend and observe substantive meetings, events, and conversations on program work. Please review this job description through the application instructions below: incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

In addition to administrative duties, specific responsibilities for each department include:

  • Media – tracking and organizing press coverage; managing our press database; creating press clips and tear-sheets; building and updating press lists; creating and editing event transcripts; and assisting with public and private events.

  • Digital – Participate in marketing, communications, and digital team meetings and strategy discussions; work with staff to create and post content on the website and social media including creative process coordination; work with staff on campaign marketing, promotion plans, and email production and testing; conduct research on social media and digital campaign trends and best practices; gather data and create reports on the effectiveness of ongoing online marketing campaigns; assist with digital advertising.

  • Creative - Produce motion graphics, animation and GIFs for digital channels; extensive image and archive research for video assignments; editing and producing video assets including intro and exit graphics, lower-thirds, color grading, sound design and exporting video; research on Brennan Center issues to develop engaging short-form video and motion graphics; support development of institutional, campaign and brand videos; including pitching and developing scripts, visual conception for motion graphics and or video narratives of editorial stories, campaigns and Brennan Center events; motion and still research, cataloging and organization of visual assets; maintaining multimedia archive: graphics, images and video.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidates are independent self-starters; detail-oriented; energetic; punctual; and highly organized. Interns must also have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as a passion for our issues. Experience with Windows XP, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word a must. Database experience is very helpful. Applicant must be open to evolving responsibilities.

    This internship is only open to current undergraduate students.

    Hours: Approximately 40 hours per week

    Pay: $15.00 per hour.

    Duration: May/June-August

    Application Deadline: January 14th, 2022

    To Apply: Please visit ( and upload (preferably in pdf) your resume, and a list of contact details for three references. Copy and paste your cover letter in the space indicated - in your cover letter, please specify the Communications department that most interests you and explain why. No phone calls, please.

    The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated;

  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;

  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.

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