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 keen interest in government affairs and the legislative process, can-do attitude, and commitment to a fair and transparent democracy are highly encouraged to apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist staff with all 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;
- Mobilizing communities to hold politicians and corporations accountable;
- Assisting with policy development, social media, and other written outreach particularly around 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;
- Help manage social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram;
- Meeting with elected officials, coalition partners, and community groups to discuss good government reforms and our long-term agenda;
- Support redistricting efforts to promote independent redistricting in cities and/or counties across the state. This includes supporting coalitions and coordinating with local partners;
- Researching campaign donations and transparency reforms, with the goal of releasing several reports in the spring;
- Educate and engage voters so they are informed about the 2021 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.
Summer 2021 interns will work for 8 weeks for 15-20 hours/week.
Hours and start dates are flexible, ideally June 16-August 15.
LOCATION: Internship positions are remote opportunities open to undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates who are from or attend school in one of the states below:
Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas
COMPENSATION: Interns will be paid $600 as an untaxed stipend every 2 weeks. There will be a total of four payments.
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.
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.
ABOUT US: 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.
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.