Updated: February 8, 2018
At Democracy Works, 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, helps voters register, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national. TurboVote signed up its millionth voter in 2016 by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including hundreds of campuses, companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and dozens more. Our other work includes the Voting Information Project, an Election Technology Cooperative, and Ballot Scout.
The TurboVote Partnerships team recruits schools, organizations, and groups to promote voter engagement through the strategic use of TurboVote. Over 300 colleges and universities and dozens of nonprofit organizations and corporations have used TurboVote. This position specifically supports the TurboVote Program Director, whose work focuses on corporate outreach and the TurboVote Challenge.
In 2018, one of our focus areas is to grow the size and scope of the TurboVote Challenge. This will be accomplished by investing in our current partners and finding creative ways to help them build more comprehensive programs for voter engagement. Through strategic thinking, community building, and active partner support, our goal (with your help!) is to empower TurboVote Challenge members to register their employees and audiences to vote. Specifically, the goal of the TurboVote Challenge is to reach 80 percent voter turnout by 2024.
Your summer will include:
- helping the TurboVote Program Director with follow-up emails from calls, conferences, and events
- inputting and maintaining information about contacts in our constituent relationship management tool
- researching organizations to join the TurboVote Challenge
- attending calls with partners for note-taking and follow-up purposes
- assisting the TurboVote Program Director in ghostwriting op-eds and blog posts
- collaborating with the other TurboVote Partnerships summer associates on program-wide projects, as assigned
- highly organized with an attention to detail
- a self starter who’s eager to learn about the intersection of voter engagement and corporate-social responsibility
- an excellent communicator, who can write warm and conversational emails without sounding informal
- currently enrolled as an undergraduate at an institution of higher education
Experience in executive support, political organizing, leading an organization, editing and designing, or business development is a plus, but not a requirement.
This full-time, paid position is located in Brooklyn, NY for 10 weeks from early June to mid-August. You will be expected to join the Democracy Works team in the office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the work week. This intern position is one among a team of fellow student interns supporting the TurboVote Partnerships team.
Please send the following to Sara at email@example.com with the subject line “Will intern for democracy”:
- a short email including the title of this specific internship and how you found this listing,
- a resume of relevant experience to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above.
We also encourage all applicants to state their preferred pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works. Complete applications will be accepted until Friday, March 2, 2018 at midnight and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
Qualified candidates will be given the opportunity to complete a practical exercise. They will then go through interview rounds (up to two) with different members of our team who interact closely with this position. Based on the application and interviews, one person will be selected for the position and will be notified by a target date of Friday, March 23, 2018.
Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team which is representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector (including Latinx, Black, AAPI, and Indigenous candidates), and we offer every candidate an anonymized skills evaluation, to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded startup, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices.