FairVote (www.fairvote.org) is the nation’s leading nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that gives voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. We have a proven record advancing change at the local, state, and national level through innovative research, communications and collaboration. We focus on ranked choice voting, which is used in more than a dozen states and was passed in Maine in 2016, and the Fair Representation Act, which would introduce multi-member districts with ranked choice voting to congressional races nationally.
Development and Fundraising: These interns will support our development team in activities involving fundraising, which is experience that is often particularly helpful for future work in the nonprofit sector. Interns will be involved in a range of such work, including social media, research, writing relating to grant applications, stewardship of current donors, and outreach to prospective donors.
Reform Research: Interns will work closely with staff to provide research support. Tasks may include preparing original research, drafting reports, contributing to blogs, and analyzing election results. Interns should be current undergraduate or graduate students, or recent grads with a commitment to voting rights and electoral structural reform. Social sciences, research, and statistical analysis experience is highly preferred.
Advocacy and Supporter Engagement: Interns will work closely with staff on various outreach activities, such as assisting electoral reform advocates at the local, state, and national levels and online and grassroots organizing. Applicants should possess a commitment to electoral reforms and voting rights issues highlighted on the FairVote and Representation2020 websites.
Communications and Media Relations: Interns will assist the communications team in developing digital messaging and fostering relationships with journalists. Harnessing the power of social media, interns will provide FairVote supporters relevant and engaging content. Interns will also maintain accurate journalist/media information and monitor traditional and new media sources for content.
Law and Policy: Interns will work closely with fellows and staff in performing research, writing legal memos, and assisting with statutory drafting and analysis. Suitable applicants will possess excellent research and writing skills, an interest in policy work, and a demonstrated commitment to voting rights and structural election reform.
Please note: applicants must have completed their 1L year.
Women's Representation: Interns will work closely with research and communications staff to explore the role that PACs play in the financing of female candidates. The project, which is a collaborative effort between FairVote, Representation 2020, Common Cause and the Center for Responsive Politics, will involve social science research, data analysis, report and blog writing as well as tasks related to messaging and dissemination of our findings.
Applications for internships are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. For this spring, we ask that applications be submitted by January 5th. For the highly competitive summer internship season, please apply by March 15, although we may review applications after that date.
1. Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Docs
2. Strong writing and analytical skills
3. Ability to work in teams and be a self-starter
4. Interest in electoral reforms studied and supported by FairVote.
Applications should consist of a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample (ideally no more than 5 pages) and, if available, references. Feel free to rank your preference of department. Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Scholarships are available for highly qualified candidates, based on financial need.