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: The location varies depending on the state or department you’re applying for. Positions listed as virtual will be remote. Positions listed as hybrid will require a few office days. Working in a Common Cause office requires proof of vaccination and each individual will be provided with a private workspace.
- Maryland (Hybrid- One Intern Position at 10-15 hours/week)
- New York (Hybrid-One Intern Position at 10-15 hours/week)
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 grassroots efforts such as phone outreach to current and potential supporters and general petition gathering to raise awareness of reforms;
- Assisting with policy development, social media, and other written outreach particularly around redistricting, money in politics and voting reforms;
- Organizing and promoting events including policy forums and rallies;
- Create website and social media content, including blog posts, graphics, one-pagers, videos, or other content types;
- Meeting with elected officials, coalition partners, and community groups to discuss good government reforms and our long-term agenda;
- 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. This includes supporting coalitions and coordinating with local partners;
- Support election protection efforts to recruit and train volunteers across the state. This includes supporting local election protection partners.
Fall 2022 interns will work for 10 weeks September 1-November 15.
The priority application deadline is August 15.
Hours and start dates are determined by the state and listed above.
COMPENSATION: Interns will be paid on the 15th and last day of the month. There will be a total of five payments. 10 hours/week interns will receive a total of $1,600; 15 hours/week interns will receive a total of $2,400; and 20 hours/week interns will receive a total of $3,200 for the semester.
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. Proficiency in another language is a plus.
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. 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.