Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to upholding the core values of our democracy. The national redistricting team seeks to ensure that the process of drawing voting districts is transparent, nonpartisan, and focused on fair representation for our communities. This year and last year, voting districts at every level of government were redrawn to reflect new census data. Common Cause has led coalition efforts to demand fair and transparent redistricting processes. The National Redistricting Law Clerk will assist the team’s efforts to participate in litigation challenging gerrymanders and defending reforms, pass reforms at the state and local levels, and engage in public education about the importance of people-centered redistricting. Applicant must be a current law student
LOCATION: Remote or Hybrid
WHEN: Spring semester 2023, with the possibility of an extension
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The National Redistricting Law Clerk will work with Common Cause’s Redistricting and Representation team. Individuals with a keen interest in government affairs, politics, democracy reform, and the legislative process, a can-do attitude, and a commitment to a fair and representative democracy are highly encouraged to apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist staff with all a range of advocacy and communications activities, including:
- Litigation challenging gerrymanders and defending reforms
- A research project with coalition partners assessing this cycle’s redistricting process,
- Public education about reforms at the state and local level.
- Law clerk will work 20-40 hours per week.
COMPENSATION: Interns will be paid between $938 and $1875 every two weeks, depending on hours worked.
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.
First-generation college students, low-income students, and/or students of color 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 interview.
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.
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.