Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Volunteer Positions with Public Citizen: Protect Democracy

Our nation is quickly approaching a historically significant election and we face major challenges to voting during COVID. We are looking for interns to work with us in key states to help ensure that our elections function effectively this year. 

Here are some of the activities we will be working to do in key states:

  • Work with broad coalitions to help recruit poll workers, as elderly populations who usually fill this role are often not signing up for these positions due to COVID concerns.
  • Recruit election monitors to ensure that elections are functioning correctly and within the law on Election Day - that no-one is denied their freedom to vote.  
  • Ensure that voters are able to vote by mail or in-person as they see fit, that they receive ballots on time if they are voting by mail, and are correctly registered to vote and send in their ballot without errors. 
  • Help voters understand their options for voting.
  • Work to ensure that in-person voting options are safe.
  • Help eligible voters, including students, register to vote given obstacles to traditional voter registration programs due to COVID.
You’ll be working closely with our campaign organizers and state-based organizations to build the campaign and help make it happen. Your work could include:
  • conduct social media and online outreach to build campaign visibility and assisting with press outreach and events;
  • work with activists on and off campus, to get them involved in recruiting poll workers, educating voters and engaging key officials;
  • reach out to potential partner organizations to gain their endorsement and support;
  • research and write Op Eds, Letters to the Editor and other sample materials.
  • work at least 12 hours/ week this fall.
This is your chance to truly play an active role in making an impact in our nation’s history.

To Apply:
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, internships will be remote. This is an unpaid internship (check with your departmental or college internship coordinator to determine if this experience qualifies for course credit).

We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be competitive with a deadline of September 7.  Public Citizen is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, people of color and LBGT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send your cover letter and resume to Ilana Beller at ibeller@citizen.org