W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Fellow

Position Location:          Baltimore, MD

Travel:                              Minimal

Duration:                          A minimum of 2 months


The NAACP is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.  As the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP has worked successfully with allies of all races who believe in and stand for the principles on which this organization was founded.  The W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy fellow will work on advancing and monitoring portions of the NAACP’s policy agenda.  This position will require the ability to understand the governmental affairs as well as the NAACP public policy agenda, and strategies for implementing and promoting that agenda.


  • In collaboration with senior level staff, develop and support the implementation of the NAACP’s policy agenda
  • Working closely with senior level staff, design and execute strategies for effective dissemination of research and communication documents to advance the policy agenda of the NAACP
  • With leadership from senior level staff, design and implement convening, briefings and roundtables in support of the NAACP’s agenda
  • Develop a deep understanding of policy and political landscape affecting the NAACP’s core constituency; monitor and identify emerging issues relevant to the organization’s mission
  • Develop a policy framework and agenda that includes federal, state and local policy and opportunities, in close coordination with senior level staff
  • Develop and edit white papers, speeches and all other publications originating from the office of the president
  • Generate new policy and program ideas and thought leadership


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:

  • The candidate must be currently matriculating at a post-secondary institution; graduate level students
  • Experience implementing complex projects aimed at informing and advancing effective policy
  • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize information and identify themes
  • Ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills; able to communicate complex concepts in a clear, effective manner for a general audience


It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to hresources@naacpnet.org