ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Common Cause is working on a number of issues in Massachusetts, such as tightening campaign finance disclosure laws and expanding access to the ballot box through automatic voter registration, early voting, and Election Day registration. We also work on local and national issues, ranging from Election Protection poll monitoring to Net Neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission.
Working at Common Cause means a chance to see how government operates. It’s a great way to learn what’s working, what’s not, and how to change it. You’ll get to work with volunteers and staff to lobby the legislature on issues, as well as concentrate in, or work across, the following areas: research and report writing, grassroots organizing, and/or communications. Specific projects will vary on an as-needed basis, but will be designed to benefit your internship experience with substantive work.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Some different responsibilities of Common Cause interns include:
- Recruit new volunteers and organize existing volunteers to do lobbying, community events, petitioning, phone banking, and fundraising.
- Reach out to new organizations for collaboration.
- Organize and participate in speaking opportunities (panels, rallies, film screenings, etc.) on Common Cause Issues.
- Write press releases, fact sheets, editorials, letters-to-the-editor, and website material, including blog posts.
- Help maintain social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter, by creating status updates and graphics to share, as well as developing/participating in strategies to go “viral” and extend outreach.
- Research and apply best practices in organizing with new technology. Develop new online opportunities for organizing, education, and outreach.
Research/Writing Tasks (Prior research experience beneficial)
- Scrutinize legislation before the State Legislature and other materials pertaining to Common Cause issues.
- Develop materials (fact sheets, research reports, etc.) for Common Cause issue campaigns to be used by legislators, staff, and volunteers for advocacy work.
- Work on our campaign finance reform and election modernization efforts, researching electoral contribution data, “dark money” figures, outside spending amounts, voting records, election administration practices, and more.
QUALIFICATIONS: Familiarity with Common Cause issues is preferred. Knowledge of Massachusetts politics also preferred. Other skills include basic proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, prior office experience, detail-oriented. Strong written and oral communication skills are also key.
TO APPLY: We are looking for interns for both part-time and full-time interns. Interns will be expected to commit to work at least 10-15 hours/week. We are happy to work with your school to provide academic credit. Please submit resume, cover letter, 2 references, and a writing sample to the Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include INTERN-MA and YOUR NAME in the subject line or fax to 202.355.7546. Indicate your anticipated time commitment and specific areas of interests for work assignments in your cover letter. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.