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Posted: November 17, 2015
Location: Raleigh, NC
America Votes-North Carolina Internship
America Votes-North Carolina is pleased to offer internship positions in 2016 for undergraduate students, graduate students and young adults with a strong interest in progressive advocacy, organizing, and media communications. This internship is designed to offer students and young adults a range of experiences common to work within the progressive political world, including field organizing, data and targeting, direct advocacy, messaging, media communications, online and social media, and supporter mobilization. The internship also provides an opportunity to work in collaboration with a range of longstanding progressive nonprofits across North Carolina.
This internship is located in Raleigh, NC and includes the option of either a stipend or academic credit through the applicant’s local institution. Fall and spring internships are part-time (15 hours a week); summer internships are full-time (40 hours a week).
Purpose of the Internship
Our expectation is that these internships will allow students and young adults to gain experience in different areas and enable them to discern their areas of interest for future work in the progressive movement. Examples of potential experience include (but are not limited to):
- Field organizing (e.g. canvassing and phone banking)
- Coalition building with state and local partners
- Issue advocacy, including legislative work
- Voter file and supporter database management
- Communications and media outreach
- Earned media event coordination (planning, press outreach, supporter turnout)
- Online and social media organizing
- Public policy, polling, and political research
Applicants for the 2016 America Votes Internship will be accepted through the end of 2015 on a rolling basis, until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to those applicants who can commit to the entire 2016 calendar year, or for the period covering both summer and fall of 2016.
Applicants interested in this internship should submit:
- A cover letter that outlines your interest in this internship and why you believe you would be a good fit. Also, please summarize any past experiences that you believe would be relevant to this internship, and identify any particular area of interest, as outlined above in the internship description. Please also indicate which portion of the 2016 would be available to participate in this internship.
- A current resume that includes at least two references, with contact information for each.
Both documents should be sent in one email to Theo Luebke at email@example.com with the subject heading “[First Name] [Last Name] Internship Application.” For example, if your name was John Smith the email containing your completed application would have the following heading: “John Smith Internship Application.” Please follow similar labeling in the titles of your attachments. For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
America Votes is an equal opportunity employer, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.
Praise for the NC America Votes internship experience:
- America Votes-North Carolina is a great place for any college student who is politically inclined, and socially engaged, and looking for a way to do more. Though small, the organization works effectively with numerous other progressive nonprofits across the state to increase collaboration and efficiency. During my semester as an intern, I was able to sit in on almost all meetings, attend trainings, collaborate on projects with top level staff, and glean valuable information on how decisions are made and real work is accomplished. – Jason Fishkin, NC State, Class of 2013
- Interning with America Votes for the summer has been a wonderful and exciting experience. The staff at AV really makes you feel welcomed and a valued part of the team. This internship has a lot of great benefits. I have developed and gained more skill sets for working in the political organizing field. AV interns sit in meetings with partners allowing you to network with various people in this field and take on independent projects. The staff here cares about what you want to learn and allows you to enhance your particular skill set. This internship is like none other and I will leave AV with a lot more than I brought in. – Dominique Sanders, NC A&T, Class of 2014
- My internship with America Votes has been an amazing experience! Beginning my first day, I had hands on experiences with everything that AV does. I’ve had wonderful opportunities to connect and work with many different people over the past few months. Through networking that happens every day at AV, I have been able to form my own personal relationships with individuals in my career field. This isn’t an average internship in my personal opinion; we are always included in important staff meetings and are given individual tasks to complete which gives us a lot of responsibility as an intern. I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone wanting a head start in progressive NC politics! – April Ellis, UNC-Charlotte, Class of 2014
- America Votes’ staff are some of the most intelligent, enthusiastic, and friendly people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Even when I was a volunteer intern there for a short period, they genuinely wanted me to understand AV’s goals and methods. They took the time to explain to me everything that went on, giving me the requisite background in both NC political history and the electoral landscape. I was included in planning meetings both scheduled and spontaneous. I never felt like I was assigned work to keep me busy; I always was making a valuable contribution. Interning over the summer allowed me to go into more depth. I was given projects to ‘own’ and was able to observe how initiatives develop over longer periods of time. I also had the chance to broaden my skills and knowledge further; I learned not only concrete things like how to do more advanced tasks with the voter database, but intangible skills as well; I learned how to interact with other activists, with volunteers, and with voters. Overall, I would strongly recommend an internship with AV to anyone who is passionate about politics and is willing to put in serious time and effort and reap proportionate gains. – J. Matthew Novak, Haverford College, Class of 2017
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