Social Media and Audience Engagement Intern




40 Worth Street
Ste 701
New York
New York
United States



The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system.

The Innocence Project’s Communication Department is accepting applications for smart, energetic and resourceful interns to join the digital team. The department’s digital team work focuses on strategic communications with the public and target audiences through social media, website, and other digital experiences.  

Interns can expect the opportunity to learn about various aspects of effective digital campaigns, powerful storytelling, digital engagement, and have a hand in the strategic communication with the public about Innocence Project’s mission and reform issues. 

The internship is based in our New York City office in lower Manhattan and requires a minimum commitment of at least two full days per week. However, the time frame and schedule are flexible. This is an unpaid internship. Letters of recommendation and documentation of internship for course credit can be provided upon completion.


·        Schedule content and manage community for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

·        Help build long term campaigns and strategy to support fundraising and policy goals

·        Assist in the monthly newsletter and email strategy 

·        Create engaging content for all platforms including quizzes and blog posts

·        Help with other communications demands



·        Passion for digital community and fixing criminal justice system

·        Self-starter and driven to use digital platforms to make change

·        Experience managing social media for a brand or organization

·        Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and complete assignments with tight deadlines 

·        Experience with content management systems, Hootsuite, Google analytics

·        Experience with Photoshop

·        Excellent writing and editing skills

·        A flexible, independent work style


·        Expert-level experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop) 

·        A highly creative and nimble graphic artist with a passion for photography, videography, and graphic design 

·        Specialized skill sets in photography/videography (Canon DSLR), video editing (Final Cut X), animation (After Effects), and/or copywriting and editing for the web

·        Experience engaging and growing a brand on one or more social media platform


The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce, including volunteers and interns, to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. Those with direct experience with the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

It is our policy and commitment not to discriminate against any intern or applicant for internship because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.

How To Apply

To apply, please visit Paycom. In your cover letter, please discuss your interest in the Innocence Project, your educational and/or professional goals and how this internship would help you achieve them. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone.