NOTE: As of March 13, 2017, we are no longer accepting applications for this position.
Democracy Works is an authority in civic technology. We believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.
TurboVote, our first service, tracks an individual voter’s elections. We provide all the materials and information they need to get registered, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national—and we’ll even mail forms with an addressed, stamped envelope for the local election office. Our second tool, Ballot Scout, helps local election administrators track absentee ballots as they travel through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry. We also work with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Google to ensure that the Voting Information Project’s data is up-to-date and ready from one election to the next.
The Democracy Works partnerships team recruits schools, organizations, and local governments to promote voter engagement through the strategic use of our technology. Over 170 colleges and universities, more than 30 nonprofit organizations, and a dozen corporations currently use TurboVote.
In 2017, our goals are (1) to invest in our existing partners and find creative ways to help them build more comprehensive programs for voter engagement and (2) to reach new potential partners, all with a particular focus on increasing voter turnout in local and midterm elections.
As this is a startup, you’ll get to wear a lot of hats. You should be:
- unafraid of “no”
- at home in an agile, fast-paced collaborative environment
- comfortable with oral and written communications in a variety of settings, including phone presence and presentation skills
- organized, able to prioritize time effectively and multi-task
- a relationship-builder and all-around “people person”
Experience in political organizing, leading an organization, editing and designing, or business development is a plus, but is not a requirement.
Your job will include:
- generating and pursuing new leads,
- collecting and maintaining data on our partners so every contact gets the customized outreach they need,
- building relationships with current and potential partners across the country and supporting their campus programs (you’ll spend a lot of time on the phone), and
- using your student perspective to create content for partners that will enhance their TurboVote experience and provide ideas to increase student engagement with the tool.
This paid internship is located in Brooklyn and runs from early June to mid-August, 2017. Candidates should email a resume and cover letter, addressed to Emily, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Will intern for democracy” to begin the application process. In your email, be sure to reference that you’re applying for the TurboVote Summer Associate listing.
We are inspired by the idea of building an awesome and truly diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service.