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 the communities we serve.
LOCATION: Internship positions are opportunities open to undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates who live in or attend school in Delaware. The position includes both remote and in person work.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: We are seeking a student intern to work with our state chapter’s Executive Direction primarily on Election Protection and event organizing, including a large in-person fundraiser and possible smaller events both online and in real life. The intern might also work on other state initiatives. Individuals with keen interest in protecting elections and strengthening democracy, a can-do attitude, and commitment to the mission of Common Cause are highly encouraged to apply. Will include some evening and weekend hours.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Work the Common Cause Delaware Executive Director, national staff, ally organizations, and grassroots volunteers to advance the Election Protection program, to organize events, and to other efforts related to the organization’s mission. Specific activities might include:
- Assisting with volunteer recruitment and training efforts;
- Helping with the education and engagement of voters so they are informed about the 2022 elections and any changes to the voting process. This includes developing educational materials and social media materials, working with local organizations to provide elections support, and/or mobilizing our members.
- Assisting with grassroots efforts such as phone outreach to current and potential supporters;
- Helping to manage poll monitors or assisting the poll monitor captains on elections days;
- Organizing and promoting events including webinars and fundraisers;
- Helping to manage social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram;
- Meeting with elected officials, coalition partners, and community groups to discuss events, good government reforms or our long-term agenda.
Fall 2022 interns will work for 10 weeks for 15 hours/week.
Priority application deadline is August 15th, 2022
Hours and start dates are flexible, ideally September 1-November 15.
COMPENSATION: Interns will be paid a total of $2,400. Payments will be issued in 5 equal parts on the 15th and last day of the month. The first payment will be issued on September 15 and the last payment on November 15.
QUALIFICATIONS: Must be passionate about good government issues. Must be self-motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively. Experience with Mobilize, Canva, Zoom, and other online organizing tools, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are helpful. Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse range of community partners. Good listening and communication skills.
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: Complete the application found here. It will take about 15 minutes to respond to the questions but a cover letter and resume is required. Some offices may require a writing sample at the time of interview.
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.