Lead for America

Lead for America

LOCATION: Dodge City, KS

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).

TIME ZONE: Central Time

WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

INDUSTRY: Advocacy / Grassroots

ABOUT US: Lead For America is working to build the next generation of civic leaders across the country to address the toughest challenges facing our communities. To that end, we have a paid fellowship program that places recent college graduates in full-time positions with local organizations (e.g. nonprofits, local government, service-minded organizations) in their home communities to address those challenges. Since 2019, LFA has placed over 215 fellows across 35 states. These fellows have gone on to tackle affordable housing, economic development, broadband internet, public health, and many other core issues. Our organization has been highlighted on CBS This Morning, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes for the local changemaking being led by our Fellows.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Lead For America interns will have the opportunity to work alongside key staff members from various departments depending on their interests / skillsets. Prior interns have supported LFA departments such as: communications, recruitment, executive team, and government relations. From crafting social media language, to identifying potential partnership opportunities and communicating directly with Fellowship candidates, LFA interns have experiences holding critical roles that offer experiences to learn, skill-build, and apply those teachings in practical ways that support the mission of Lead For America. Interns will generally be expected to have good research and writing skills, attention to detail, ability to succinctly and clearly explain information, and thrive in spaces that call for personal leadership and drive.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Lead For America is a distributed organization across the nation. We have over 30 staff who mostly work in different states from each other. LFA has a small contingent of staff based in Dodge City, Kansas, where the National headquarters is located. From weekly team zoom meetings to bi-weekly social hours, LFA works to incorporate a sense of community and love within how we operate. Examples include random "donut" meetings where 2-3 staff members are paired to connect each week; LFA hold quarterly retreats (in-person and virtual) to team-build and level-set on goals; regular staff meetings usually include time for socializing whether to simply share gratitudes or tell out stories. LFA interns take part in these community building practices. Interns are also paired with LFA staff to learn about their experiences and offer advice. Intern managers will also work to support connecting LFA interns with mentors who are outside the LFA network but within the LFA network.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Web Camera

2021 Intern Reflection:

Working with Lead for America for the past month has indeed been a pleasure. The organizational culture is so inviting and welcome. In my short time interning with the organization, I have gotten to meet with several senior executives and tell them about myself and my goals. My supervisor has been very intentional in connecting me with people. in the organization that can add to my internship experience. He has also given me meaningful projects to work on including recruiting fellows via LinkedIn Recruiter to fill their new placement sites. I've also been included in the Government Affairs team meetings and we are currently working on advocacy projects concerning the AmeriCorps. Overall, I enjoy working with Lead for America and I feel like the organization has done a tremendous job in making me feel like a valuable asset to the team.

-Kimani Panthier

2020 Intern Reflection:

This summer, I am interning at Lead for America, which is non-profit organization dedicated to non-partisan, grassroots reform for communities by community members. As the research intern, I am helping with a myriad of tasks. I have helped with staff recruiting, Salesforce data entry, and researching graduate school programs for fellows. As someone who has never worked in a non-profit setting before, I have really appreciated these professional experiences. I also have enjoyed the work I am doing, as I plan to pursue public service or non-profit work after graduation, and I would highly recommend this internship to anyone interested in local government or grassroots work.

-Kara Murray '22