INTERNSHIP: TurboVote Nonprofit Support Summer Associate

NOTE: As of March 2, 2018, we are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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 to vote, 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, dozens of nonprofit organizations, and 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. This position supports the division of the TurboVote Partnerships team focused on nonprofit implementation and outreach.
In 2018, the focus of the nonprofit team is scaling our program. On the implementation side, this is accomplished by investing in our existing partnerships and developing creative ways to help partners build more comprehensive programs for voter engagement. On the outreach side, this includes identifying and recruiting partners in the nonprofit and advocacy spaces. Through community building and active partner support, our goal (with your help!) is to empower TurboVote’s nonprofit partners to promote democratic engagement alongside their cause-specific work. 

Your summer will include:

  • adding valuable capacity to the TurboVote nonprofit team by contributing to projects that directly support our mission in an important election year
  • creating content (think: one-pagers and partner newsletters) that will help our partners successfully promote TurboVote
  • collecting and maintaining data on our partners so every contact gets the customized outreach they need
  • offering a young person’s perspective around creative ways to reach, motivate, and rally our partners to register and turn out their audiences
  • collaborating with the other TurboVote Partnerships summer associates on program-wide projects, as assigned

You are:

  • at home in an agile, fast-paced environment
  • excited about the intersection of technology and voter engagement 
  • comfortable with oral and written communication in a variety of settings, including phone presence, email outreach, and presentations
  • self-motivated, happy working on independent projects, and highly organized.
  • a relationship-builder and all-around people person
  • currently enrolled as an undergraduate at an institution of higher education

Experience in political organizing, leading an organization, writing and editing, 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 Partnerships team. 

Please note that some members of the Partnerships team, including the Nonprofit Partner Support Lead to whom you’ll report, work remotely from other time zones. 

To apply:
Please send the following to Sara at 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 if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices.