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Role: Virginia Research Intern

Location: Hybrid

Start Date: May 16, 2023

Reports to: Lauren Coletta 

Details: This role is part-time (10 hours/week), and temporary (8 weeks) 

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. 


  • Produce two one-page fact sheets each month helping our members and the general public understand the impact of the lack of campaign finance limit on public policy issues that effect people’s lives in real ways. 
  • Attend training(s) on how to use CANVA if needed.  
  • Assist in the dissemination of fact sheets via social media.  
  • Attend training on how to serve as an election poll monitor.  
  • Assist in the recruitment of volunteers to participate in CC-VA election protection efforts (Primary Elections in June, General Elections in November.


  • 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. 

Salary: $1,360 for the 8 weeks paid in 4 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: Complete the application found here. It will take about 15 minutes to respond to the questions, but a cover letter, resume, and Gmail email address is required. Some offices may require a writing sample at the time of the interview 

Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when required by law. 

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 

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