As the largest, most diverse generation in our country’s history, young people have more power than ever to decide our future. It’s Rock the Vote’s mission to ensure they exercise that power by participating in the democratic process – and we need your help! We are a 501(c)(3) organization based out of Washington, DC that is committed to voting rights and equal access for each American at the ballot box.
Rock the Vote is seeking smart, energetic, passionate, and enthusiastic candidates to join our Washington, DC office as a Summer 2019 Intern. This is a paid position.
We are seeking a diverse applicant pool with experience/interest in any of the following areas:
- Research and public policy
- Voting rights and social justice issues
- Civic engagement and partnerships
- Marketing and events
- Campaigns and elections
Each intern’s responsibilities will be developed based on their experience, interests, and organizational need, and may include any combination of the following:
- Drafting press releases, statements, emails, fact sheets, and press kit materials;
- Blogging about timely and relevant political issues;
- Assisting to develop creative activations/programs that support Rock the Vote’s mission;
- Coordinating voter education with partner organizations;
- Developing and maintaining a variety of resources to engage and educate young people about elections and voting rights issues;
- Supporting the civic technology program by researching and outreaching to strategic partners and evaluating tools for needed improvements;
- Creating descriptive and creative ads to improve our SEO;
- Updating Rock the Vote’s website and building new web pages;
- Inventorying Rock the Vote’s art assets to maximize content creation and distribution;
- Expanding Rock the Vote’s volunteer program to ensure we are maximizing impact and adding capacity to our team;
- Managing constituency communications, including fielding questions about registration and election deadlines and processes;
- Additional duties as needed.
Our ideal candidate is a top performer who brings high levels of energy and enthusiasm, works well independently and with diverse teams, and has a demonstrated ability to take initiative and lead projects. Qualifications should include:
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite;
- Strong critical thinking skills;
- Self-starter who can collaborate actively with other team members;
- Leadership and achievement in academic, professional, extracurricular, or volunteer settings;
- The ability to work effectively with diverse team members and communities;
- Detail-oriented, well-organized, fast learner, and can multitask;
- Good humored, independent, and flexible (creativity helps too!);
- An affinity for youth civic engagement;
- Passionate about Rock the Vote’s mission and goals.
In your application, please make a special note if you have experience with:
- Journalism, communications, and/or public relations;
- Elections and/or campaigns;
- Research and/or policy;
- Video production;
- Event planning and/or fundraising;
- Developing and/or setting up new projects and programs;
Hours and Compensation:
Interns will work up to 30 hours per week and will be paid Washington, DC’s hourly minimum wage ($13.25/hour at the time of this listing).
How to Apply:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter, resume, 2-3 references, and responses to the questions below. Please include “Summer 2019 Intern” in the subject line.
Questions for Intern Applicants:
What issues are you most passionate about?
Please list your top 3 relevant experiences connected to leadership, civic engagement, voting rights, and/or nonprofit work.
Tell us the story of voting in your first election. Haven’t voted yet? Tell us what you’re looking forward to when you vote for the first time.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and receive responses from Rock the Vote.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
Rock the Vote is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are looking for a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourage women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, and students from low-income and working-class backgrounds to apply.