Spring 2021 Internship Job Posting

LOCATION: These internship positions are remote opportunities open to undergraduate or graduate students who either are from California or attend school in California.

California Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to upholding the core values of our democracy. We work on voting rights, redistricting reform, government transparency, and money in politics to end structural inequities in our state and local democracies and to create governments at all levels that are accountable to and reflective of California’s communities.

We are seeking student interns to work on California programs relating to voting and elections, redistricting, student leadership programming, communications, and/or fundraising. Intern responsibilities will be determined based on interests, experience, and organizational needs. They may include:

Redistricting: Support an accessible and open redistricting process that leads to fair maps for all.

  • Support efforts to promote independent redistricting in cities and counties across the state. This includes supporting coalitions, coordinating with local organizations, and/or educating the public about independent redistricting.

Voting and Elections: Ensure that voting is open and accessible to all citizens.

  • Support our Election Protection program, including poll monitoring efforts and the voter hotline, to assist voters in casting their ballot in November 2020.
  • Educate and engage voters so they are informed on how to cast a ballot in the 2020 elections. This includes developing educational materials and social media materials, working with local organizations to provide elections support, and/or mobilizing our members.

Student Leadership Programming: Empower students and youth in California to play a role in shaping our democracy.

  • Coordinate campus actions on campuses across the state.
  • Support our annual Student Organizing and Activist Retreat (SOAR) program by conducting outreach to college campuses and recruiting attendees to our 2021 program.

Communications: Keep our members and the public engaged in our efforts to strengthen our democracy.

  • Create website and social media content, including blog posts, graphics, one-pagers, videos, or other content types.
  • Help manage social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Fundraising: Help California Common Cause continue its efforts to promote an open, accessible democracy.

  • Conduct research and data management to support our major donor program.

We are seeking interns for the following terms:
Spring 2021: February – May, 10-20 hours/week

Application deadline is December 15, 2021
Hours and start dates are flexible.

COMPENSATION:
Interns will be paid $15 per hour, though details are being finalized. Interns should seek course credit if possible, in addition to financial compensation.

REQUIREMENTS:
We are seeking undergraduate or graduate students who either are from California or attend school in California. First-generation college students, low-income students, and/or students of color are encouraged to apply.

EQUITY & INCLUSION:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.

TO APPLY:
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Alvin Valverde, Operations Manager, at avalverde@commoncause.org and include “Internship Application – Name” in the subject line. The cover letter should include the program areas and responsibilities of interest to the applicant.

COMMON CAUSE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND WELCOMES APPLICANTS OF ANY RACE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGION, ETHNICITY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, INCOME CLASS, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION, AGE, DISABILITY, VETERAN STATUS OR MARITAL STATUS, AS WELL AS APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED.

Summer 2020 Interns

William Brega
San Jose State University, Economics/Communications
Seamus Caslin
Georgetown University, Government/Environmental Biology
Alexandra Leal Silva
Univ. of California Santa Barbara, History of Public Policy and Law
Gavin Healy
Univ. of California Berkeley, Political Science/Conservation and Resource Studies