Environmental & Climate Justice Communications Intern (1 position)

Vacancy Announcement – October 10, 2012

Position Location:     Washington, DC
Travel:                            Occasional
Reports to:                   Vice President of Communications and Digital Media and Director, Environmental & Climate Justice Program
Classification:             Non-Union
FLSA Status:                 Exempt


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.  The principal object of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality for all.  As part of its mission, the NAACP seeks to enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights and to educate persons about their constitutional rights.

The NAACP ECJ Leadership Intern Program is designed to give students and recent graduates the opportunity to work for six months at NAACP Communications Office in Washington, DC.  The ECJ Communications Intern will focus on improving the ECJ Strategic Communications Infrastructure and Outputs to advance the objectives of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program and to build their own individual professional capacity through increased knowledge and skills. The NAACP ECJ Leadership Intern Program is made possible through the generous support of the Energy Foundation.

Summary of Duties:

Those selected for the ECJ Leadership Intern program will support the following ECJ Projects and more:

  • Coal Blooded Campaign—Organizing communities to address pollution from coal fired power plants;
  • Just Energy Campaign-Advancing Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy;
  • Climate Action Planning-Building Community Resilience and Upholding Civil and Human Rights in Disasters;
  • GREEN Team—Building Institutional Energy Efficiency at the NAACP Headquarters
  • Youth and College Leadership Initiative on Environmental and Climate Justice; and
  • African American Church Leadership Initiative on Environmental and Climate Justice.

Under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Communications and Digital Media and the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJP), the ECJ Communications Coordinator will perform the following duties:

  1. Support NAACP Capacity Building in Communications/Media on Environmental and Climate Justice
    • Work with NAACP leaders in target states to develop local press opportunities;
    • Work with ECJP to train NAACP leaders in target states to become media spokespeople on Environmental and Climate Justice;
    • Provide logistical support of local and national media events;
    • Develop press lists and keep track of NAACP environmental and climate justice clips;
    • Prepare talking points and briefing materials;
    • Outreach and relationship development with media;
    • Research and development of fact sheets;
  2. Support NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Documentation and Promotion:
    • Update NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Webpage
    • Maintain an ECJP Monthly Newsletter
    • Streamline all photo and video content generated by the ECJ into a common storage and access system
    • Develop mechanisms/system for uploading ECJ activities to NAACP Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and ECJP Blog
    • Work with the NAACP Youth and College Division to develop mechanisms for capturing and sharing 10,000 Steps Initiative Activities
  3. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Vice President of Communications and New Media or the Environmental and Climate Justice Director


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

  • A passion for advocating for the creation of progressive policies and programs as well as for the elimination of social policies and practices that lead to racial and ethnic disparities.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in communications (campaign experience helpful);
  • Experience with and interest in environmental issues is preferred, but not essential
  • Experience with digital communication (blogs, online communities) and use of social networking tools – Twitter, Facebook, etc. – to promote organizational objectives, a plus;
  • Significant media relations experience with proven results and experience working with reporters;
  • Exceptional writing skills;
  • Excellent people skills and experience training others;
  • A results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile;
  • Experience developing and editing high-quality written materials, including fact sheets, talking points, statements, etc.;
  • A detailed and organized work style;
  • The ability to develop and organize databases;
  • Familiarity with Excel, PowerPoint and other relevant programs
  • Track record of success managing multiple programs and events.
  • Ability to travel upon request

Selected participants will be compensated $620 per bi-weekly payroll.  This compensation is subject to applicable state, local, and federal taxes.

Please note that this position does not include benefits, except for those required by applicable federal, state, and local laws.
ECJ Leadership Interns will be responsible for securing their own housing and transportation for the duration of the program.
ECJ Leadership Interns may also seek funding from outside sources to supplement the stipend.


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:  Resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:

Email: hresources@naacpnet.org (preferred method)

Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Fax:  (410) 580-5735

Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent
upon the continuation of such funds.