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Location: New York City

Background

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

Founded in 1994, 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 LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants get treated. We work with LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers, detainees and binational couples, answering more than 4,000 hotline calls and representing more than 300 individual cases each year.

In 2014 and beyond we are doubling down on our asylum and detention work. In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay. Being out or being outed is truly life-threatening. That’s why we work to train, represent and hold accountable the government officials who make life or death decisions for LGBT people seeking safety in the U.S. We are proud to do life-saving work, and with much success to be proud of, we have more energy than ever to fight the policies that hurt scores of our families.

Immigration Equality is seeking a social media intern in New York City to work 15-20 hours per week for a commitment of at least three months. The intern would work closely with our Communications director in New York City to craft the online voice of this organization as it reaches a watershed moment in its history. Because Immigration Equality’s office is structured as an open, team-oriented, non-hierarchical space, development interns will also gain insight into many different facets of non-profit work, all while helping Immigration Equality raise more funds and execute more events to advance its mission.

Responsibilities include

• Drafting regular Facebook and Twitter posts and responding to Facebook messages
• Drafting communications e-blasts and blog posts
• Adding blog posts, press releases, and news on our WordPress-backend website
• Maintaining our press and story database (Salesforce) by logging stories
• Collecting stories for media, both traditional and social, from staff and clients

You’ll gain

• An overview of non-profit communications
• Proficiency in Salesforce, our story database, and experience with managing the odds and ends of a busy not-for-profit organization
• An introduction to the field of LGBT and HIV immigration law

A qualified candidate must be

• Committed to winning social justice for LGBT, HIV-positive, and immigrant families and interested in a career in the nonprofit sector.
•Possess strong communication skills.
•Be able to perform tasks with enthusiasm and a high attention to detail.
•Technically proficient, a fast and intuitive learner, and able to navigate constantly-evolving social media platforms, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress.
•Excited about sharing the stories of our clients and work while understanding the importance of client confidentiality.
•An engaging, clear, quick, and concise writer (for 140-word tweets and short e-blasts).
•Creative and innovative, taking initiative and coming up with your own ideas about content or messaging, and able to follow guidelines without micromanagement.
•It helps to be currently active on social media: show us your daily experience with and knowledge of Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.

Employment

Immigration Equality is an affirmative action employer: immigrants, people of color and transgender individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality fosters a progressive and professional LGBT-friendly work space.

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 a grant or scholarship.

Immigration Equality will accept internship applications until the position is filled.

How To Apply

To apply, please send a resume and a compelling cover letter and writing sample with Communications Internship in the subject line to Diego Ortiz at dortiz@immigrationequality.org.