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.
Our New York Chapter is among the most active state chapters. We are truly in the forefront of the battle to protect and strengthen our democracy. We apply a social justice and equity lens to our work and approach government reform by ensuring government works for everyone- particularly historically disenfranchised communities.
LOCATION: As of now, New York’s summer internship program will be fully remote. Due to the small size of our office, we have yet to determine the feasibility of bringing interns physically into the office and will be making determination in the upcoming weeks. Working in a Common Cause office requires proof of vaccination.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: We are seeking student interns to work with our state chapters relating to voting and elections, redistricting, and democracy reform. Interns will assist with advocacy campaigns, grassroots engagement, research, policy development, communications, and member outreach and events. Individuals with a keen interest in government affairs and the legislative process, can-do attitude, and a commitment to a fair and transparent democracy are highly encouraged to apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist staff with a range of advocacy and communications activities, including:
- Assisting with policy development, social media, and other written outreach particularly around redistricting, money in politics and voting reforms;
- Create website and social media content, including graphics, one-pagers, or other content types;
- Help manage social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram;
- Educate and engage 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.
- Support redistricting efforts to promote independent redistricting in cities and/or counties across the state.
- Support election protection efforts to recruit and train volunteers across the state. This includes supporting local election protection partners;
Summer 2022 interns will work for 8 weeks for 15-20 hours/week.
The priority application deadline is May 1.
Hours and start dates are determined by the state/department and listed on the application. Interns will work May 15-July 15 or June 1-July 30.
QUALIFICATIONS: Must be passionate about good government issues. Must be self-motivated and able to work independently. Excellent writing, researching, and editing skills are required; must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel. Experience with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are helpful. Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse range of community partners. Good listening and communication skills.
COMPENSATION: Interns will be paid $600 as an untaxed stipend every 2 weeks. There will be a total of four payments.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: All qualified applicants will receive consideration 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. Individuals who identify as BIPOC or are multilingual are encouraged to apply.
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 the 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.