The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (BCBF) is committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of the criminal legal system and the immigration detention and deportation regimes. From 2015 through 2019, BCBF operated a revolving bail fund in the criminal legal space, paying $5 million to free nearly 5,000 New Yorkers from pretrial detention. In 2018, in partnership with an Advisory Council of community-based organizations, we launched the New York Immigration Freedom Fund program. Since then, we have paid nearly $5 million in immigration bonds for community members who are unable to afford it themselves and help support their critical post-release needs. Our ongoing work to dismantle the intertwined criminal legal and immigration systems includes continued public education and advocacy—in partnership with allies and impacted communities—to influence policy and legislation locally and nationally.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is offering a Spring Communications Internship. As an intern at BCBF, you’ll gain an insider’s view of the role of communications in the advocacy and policy process, and enjoy access to practitioners, experts, and leaders in immigration and criminal legal advocacy. This position is an excellent fit for an individual looking to develop skills in nonprofit communications work. The communications intern reports directly to the Communications Manager and will support a number of short-term projects including media research and monitoring, proofreading and editing, creating social media content, and some administrative tasks.
Start date: ASAP
Duration: 6-8 weeks
Location: Remote, operating on Eastern Time
- Update and research media contacts
- Compile and review analytics of online communications
- Proofread communication materials as needed
- Help develop social media content
- Create a calendar of significant events for BCBF
- Perform administrative tasks as requested (e.g. data entry)
In addition to the above responsibilities, the communications intern will have the opportunity to join regular team meetings, and help with larger, more complex projects.
Learning Outcomes & Benefits:
- Learn to work professionally, creatively, and efficiently in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment
- Develop project management, coordination, teamwork and organizational skills
- Apply the principles of public relations and communication in a nonprofit organization
- Hone communication and marketing skills that support fundraising and advocacy goals
- Gain an understanding of immigration and criminal legal social justice issues
- Learn about BCBF’s major campaigns, programs, and mission
Applicants must be enthusiastic about the organization’s mission with solid communication and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, highly organized, and have a proactive work style.
- Strong attention to detail and organizational & project management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Proven ability to follow through on a project
- Experience working with Google Workspace preferred. Experience (or interest) in Mailchimp and Canva, a plus.
- Current students or recent graduates preferred
- One year of work experience preferred
BCBF is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military status, marital status, familial status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran or active military service member status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, unemployment status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Directly impacted individuals – including people with prior criminal justice involvement and/or experiences with immigration detention – are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.