Internship Community Organizing Internship
Common Cause New York, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works for openness, honesty and accountability in New York government, seeks dedicated, mature graduate or college students for internship positions in our New York City office. Our interns will be exposed to a variety of government reform issues at the state and city level, while gaining a wide range of experience within a small office setting. Two Community Organizing Internships are available for Summer 2017.
The Community Organizing Intern will have an opportunity to help us expand our membership base and engage New Yorkers around a variety of policy issues, such as money in politics, media and democracy and voter participation.
This summer, Common Cause New York is teaming up with Rock the Vote as the presenting partner in New York City for Rock the Vote’s 2017 Municipal Pilot Program. Our joint mission is to create excitement and civic engagement among young people, focusing on how young voters can be an influential force on important issues in the upcoming New York City Municipal Elections. Through this unique partnership, Common Cause/NY will guide strategic engagement in the development of candidate voter guides, co-host candidate forums with neighborhood and community partners, organize volunteer canvassing and phone banks, and support outreach efforts in local communities to elevate issues that are important to young voters. Common Cause/NY and Rock the Vote will also facilitate get out the vote (GOTV) efforts by planning voter registration and activation drives at concerts and festivals in specific districts and citywide.
Organizers will work closely with a variety of groups including student groups, union organizations and community groups. Activities are likely to include outreach and interacting with people and grassroots groups on a regular basis. Social media and basic graphic design skills a big plus. Ideal candidates will be dynamic, outgoing individuals, and have an interest in politics and social change. We are looking for someone interested in campaign finance, voter engagement and politics that is dedicated to working on social justice issues.
How to Apply
Please submit resume, cover letter and short writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org and include either 'Community Organizing Intern' in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 25 to 30 hours a week. Hours are flexible and may require attending evening or weekend events, This is an unpaid position; however, the position may qualify for college credit.