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Internship: Digital Advocacy Intern

Posted February 1, 2021

This is a temporary, part or full-time internship. Internships are offered for the spring, summer, and fall. A needs-based stipend is offered for full-time internships only.

Digital advocacy mobilizes people to advocate for their needs and dreams. We use digital tools to connect with millions of people across the country. We create content that educates, challenges, and inspires. We call out injustice and help communities work together to end it. We collaborate with influencers and celebrities, artists and designers, civil rights organizations, elected officials, community leaders. We develop strategies. We take risks. We learn as we go.

This internship is a great opportunity for someone who knows how to navigate the digital world — and is ready to use its tools for good. You will be a key player in activating Muslim and allied communities to claim their power in building an America free of hate and discrimination.

“Don’t be scared, take the leap! I only interned for a few months, but I deeply enjoyed every moment of my time. The internship gives you first hand experience of how you can personally impact your community and fight for justice even from your desk at home.” – Usmaan, former intern


About Us

Muslim Advocates provides expert representation in the courts, the policy making process, and in the public dialogue so that American Muslims and all people can live free from discrimination. We litigate, educate, and advocate to uphold our country’s promise of equal treatment under the law for all Americans — and we get results. We are a big tent organization that recognizes the rich and full diversity of the American Muslim community in race, sex, place of birth, ability, income, education, gender identity, sexual orientation, sect of worship and level of religiosity. Our team is based in Washington, DC. During COVID, this will be a remote position.

The Digital Advocacy Intern will work under the supervision of the Digital Advocacy Officer in the Public Advocacy Department — the communications and campaigns arm of Muslim Advocates that engages with the public, visions and executes public pressure campaigns, and grows the public profile of the organization.


Roles and Responsibilities

The Digital Advocacy Intern will assist in:

  • Monitoring digital trends, engaging mission-aligned people and organizations, and coming up with creative strategies for connecting with new audiences.
  • Creating and posting platform-specific content for Muslim Advocates’ online properties, including website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.
  • Designing and producing digital campaigns that include broadcast emails, social media toolkits, and actions to engage supporters and grow our organizational footprint.
  • Conducting research and providing administrative support for special projects that will vary depending on the interest of the candidate and the needs of a fast-paced department.

Examples of past intern campaigns and projects:

  • American Muslim Futures digital exhibit in collaboration with the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design that features 23 artists envisioning a just future.
  • Justice for Muhammad Muhaymin digital campaign using video, radio ads, petitions, and direct actions to hold Phoenix police officers accountable for his murder.
  • Repeal of the Muslim Ban digital strategy with video, social media toolkit, online actions, and collaboration with TikTok influencers.


Qualifications

The following are specific to this internship. We also offer a Public Advocacy Internship for individuals who want to work in public advocacy but do not have experience in the following areas:

  • You know your way around social media: how different platforms work, what content is most engaging, who some of the major players are.
  • You can make stuff: design graphics and/or edit video and/or build websites and/or record audio and/or create other types of content.
  • You pick up new digital tools quickly. Extra points if you’ve already worked with SEMrush, Sprout Social, Salesforce, EveryAction, or Action Network.
  • You believe in the power of arts and culture to create social change.

General requirements:

  • Commitment to Muslim Advocates’ mission.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills – experience with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Macintosh OS database applications
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members and supervisor
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • High level of initiative, resourcefulness, thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated interest in civil rights work
  • Ideal for those enrolled in a part-time or full-time college or university
  • Experience working with grassroots organizations and conducting outreach is preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with American Muslim and/or interfaith community issues including but not limited to hate crimes, CVE, and discrimination is a plus but not required


Time Commitment

Summer internships are full-time (40 hrs/week).  Fall and spring internships are either part-time (10 – 20 hours per week) or full-time (40 hrs/week).  A needs-based stipend is available for full-time internships only.


How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply online through this https://muslimadvocates.applytojob.com/apply/ysUTVW9JQ5/Digital-Advocacy-Intern.  Please submit 1) a resume, 2) a cover letter describing your interest in the Muslim Advocates mission, your skills, and experience, and 3) something you’ve created (image, video, website, social media post, etc.) that demonstrates what you would bring to this position.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.