FairVote is a non-partisan non-profit organization that seeks to make democracy fair, functional, and fully representative. We believe there are simple, common sense ways to strengthen our democracy and ensure all voices are heard, all views are respected, and every vote counts.
Our summer internship program offers participants the opportunity to work closely on research, communications, legal, or advocacy projects that advance reforms at the local, state, and national level. Interns build their skills and knowledge base through project assignments and attending workshops and seminars. We invite guest speakers to our office and organize field trips to Capitol Hill.
As a small yet ambitious organization, our internships are substantive and interns' work is often featured in our education and advocacy outreach. Our positions are ideal for self-starters, as interns have the flexibility to work in areas in which they are most interested – be it research, activism, communications, or design.
Research: Interns will work closely with staff to provide research support. Tasks may include preparing original research, drafting research reports, contributing to the blog, and analyzing election results. Interns should be current undergraduates, graduate students, or recent grads with a commitment to voting rights issues and electoral structural reform. Social science research and statistical experience is highly preferred.
Advocacy: Interns will work closely with staff on various forms of outreach, organizing, including but not limited to: assisting electoral reform advocates at the local, state, and national levels; online organizing; and grassroots resources. Helpful qualities include strong written and verbal communication skills and an outgoing personality. Interns should possess a commitment to election reforms and voting rights issues highlighted at FairVote.org, PromoteOurVote.com, and Representation2020.com.
Communications: Interns will work closely with staff to develop compelling messaging and disseminate FairVote's reforms into public discourse through media relations; list building; supporter management; social media; blogging; and resource development. Helpful qualities include strong written and verbal communication skills along with a keen eye for visual design. Prior experience with media relations, social media, and advocacy a plus.
Legal: Interns will work closely with staff to actively engage in researching, writing legal memos, and assisting in drafting model statutes. Interns must also have a demonstrated commitment to voting rights issues and electoral reform. An ideal legal intern is a 2L or 3L with excellent research and writing skills.
Development: Development interns will work with our executive director and development staff on all aspects of development, providing them with useful experience that can be applied at other non-profit jobs later on. FairVote has been successful in securing foundation grants and major gifts from individual donors. We have an active Board of Directors and regularly host large and small fundraising events.
Applicants with Special Skills: We sometimes offer stipends to interns with special skills that could enhance our work. Examples include a demonstrated ability to 1) film and edit short videos, 2) work with online databases, 3) design promotional materials and/or webpages, 4) perform advanced statistical work.
Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and/or Google Docs
Strong writing and analytical skills
Ability to work in teams and be a self-starter
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but we ask that applications for a particular semester be submitted before the semester begins. Applications for the summer of 2016 are due by May 15, 2016. Applications should consist of a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample (ideally no more than 5 pages) and, if available, contact information for references. Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please address all application materials to Michelle Whittaker, FairVote's Communications Director and Intern Coordinator. Note: Because summer internships are particularly competitive, we recommend that you apply early.