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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, queer, and HIV-positive immigrant rights. We helped end the HIV travel ban, led the successful fight to secure green cards for LGBTQ families, and represent LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants get treated. We work with LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers and detainees, answering more than 4,000 hotline calls and representing more than 600 individual cases each year.

Immigration Equality seeks a Communications 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 Team in New York City to support its various daily activities and lead on specific projects. Because Immigration Equality’s office is an open, team-oriented environment, interns will also gain insight into many different facets of non-profit work, all while helping Immigration Equality raise awareness of the conditions facing LGBTQ and HIV-affected people fleeing persecution in search of a safe place to call home.

Responsibilities:
• Drafting regular Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts, and responding to messages
• Drafting communications emails and blog posts
• Adding blog posts, press releases, and news to our website
• Maintaining our press and story database by logging stories
• Clipping and circulating news stories that mention or relate to our work
• Assist with creation of new website by envisioning, drafting, and editing content
• Research and develop contact list of influencers
• Other tasks as needed

Qualifications:
• Commitment to winning social justice for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants
• Strong communication skills.
• Ability to perform tasks with enthusiasm and a high attention to detail.
• Technical proficiency and willingness to learn new technical tools
• Interest and proficiency in social media platforms and content
• Engaging, clear, quick, and concise writer
• Excited about sharing the stories of our clients and work while understanding the importance of client confidentiality.

Employment
Immigration Equality is an equal opportunity employer: immigrants, transgender people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality is a progressive organization with an open office plan. Applicants are expected to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.

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 academic credit, grants, or scholarships.

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

Interns must be currently in school or have graduated within the previous 6 months.

How To Apply
To apply, please send a resume, a compelling cover letter, and two writing samples to jobs@immigrationequality.org with “Communications Internship” in the subject line.