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Role: Rhode Island Outreach & Engagement Intern  

Location: This position is hybrid. The intern will work partially remotely and partially out of the Common Cause Rhode Island office in Providence. Additionally, the intern will attend events throughout the state.  

Start Date: June 17th-August 30th, 2024   

Reports to: Outreach and Engagement Manager (RI) 

Details: This is a part-time internship (30 hours/pay period), starting Monday, June 17th and ending Friday, August 30th. The intern will need to have reliable access to Wi-Fi and a computer, and the intern must be located in Rhode Island for the duration of the internship.  

Essential functions:  Common Cause (RI) is seeking an Outreach and Engagement Intern to work on issues related to voting and elections, democracy reform, civic education, and advocacy. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has a commitment to a fair and transparent democracy, and who is interested in learning more about government affairs and the legislative process in Rhode Island. This intern will create engaging social media content, organize and attend community events, recruit and train volunteers, and work in collaborative spaces with various coalition partners. This is a chance to learn and develop new skills at a non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy.  

Skills you will build and work you will be involved in: 

  • Assist staff with a range of advocacy, programming, and communications activities, including:  
  • Recruiting and training Election Protection volunteers for the September Primary and the General Election in November. 
  • Supporting other nonpartisan election-related efforts, such as voter registration, voter education, GOTV (get out the vote) activities, and/or poll worker recruitment. 
  • Mobilizing activists and community members in support of our policy priorities, using digital and in-person organizing tools and techniques. 
  • Creating website, newsletter, and social media content, including blog posts, graphics, one-pagers, training materials, videos, or other content types. 
  • Organizing and promoting in-person, hybrid, and virtual events such as webinars, rallies, trainings, press conferences, community presentations, and/or educational sessions. 
  • Promoting the organization’s work at community events. 


You will be a good fit for this internship if you have: 

  • An ability and willingness to work in a collaborative setting. 
  • An ability and willingness to work in a nonpartisan manner. 
  • An ability and willingness to represent the organization in a professional manner. 
  • An ability and willingness to work with individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds. 
  • A desire to learn about elections, the legislative process, democracy reform, and nonpartisan advocacy. 
  • A desire to develop skills in digital and in-person organizing, volunteer recruitment and training, and community engagement. 
  • A desire and willingness to learn new skills while building upon existing organizational, time management, writing, listening, and communication skills. 
  • A familiarity or willingness to learn Google Workspace programs including Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Sheets, and Google Forms.  
  • A familiarity or willingness to learn digital communication and social media tools. 

Compensation: $2,625 for the 11 weeks paid in 5 equal twice monthly payments on the 15th and last day of the month.   

Classification: This position is classified as temporary and therefore not included in the union-represented collective bargaining unit.  

To Apply: Please complete the application here. Note that you will be asked for your resume and a cover letter. If you are moved forward in the process, additional details about the interview process will be shared with you by the hiring team. 

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. 

About Common Cause 

Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process. 

 Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.5 million members (about the population of New Hampshire) and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country. 

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