At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.
TurboVote, our first service, helps voters register, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national. TurboVote signed up its millionth voter in 2016 by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including 176 campuses, companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and dozens more. Our other work includes the Voting Information Project, an Election Technology Cooperative, and Ballot Scout.
The TurboVote Partnerships team—whom you’ll be supporting—recruits schools, organizations, and local groups to promote voter engagement through the strategic use of TurboVote. Over 100 colleges and universities and more than a dozen nonprofit organizations and corporations currently use TurboVote.
In 2018, one of our focus areas is to invest in our existing collegiate partners and find creative ways to help them build more comprehensive programs for voter engagement. Through strategic thinking, community building, and active partner support, our goal (with your help!) is to empower TurboVote campuses to foster an exciting culture of democratic engagement amongst students throughout the midterm election season.
As this is a startup, you’ll get to wear a lot of hats. You should be:
- at home in an agile, fast-paced collaborative environment.
- excited about the intersection of technology and voter engagement.
- comfortable with oral and written communications in a variety of settings, including phone presence, email outreach, and presentation skills.
- self-motivated and highly organized.
- a relationship-builder and all-around “people person.”
Experience in political organizing, leading an organization, editing and designing, or business development is a plus, but not a requirement.
Your job will include:
- adding valuable capacity to the TurboVote implementation team, contributing to projects that directly support our mission in an important election year.
- creating content (think: one-pagers, adding to our Toolkit) that will help our partners successfully promote TurboVote on campus.
- collecting and maintaining data on our partners so every contact gets the customized outreach they need.
- offering a student’s perspective around creative ways to reach, motivate, and rally our partners to register and turn out student voters.
This full-time position is located in Brooklyn from early June to mid-August (or, approximately 10 weeks). You will be expected to join the DW team in the office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the work week. This intern position is one among a team of fellow student interns working together to support the Partnerships team.
We are inspired by the idea of building an awesome and truly diverse team, so we strongly encourage applicants of all races, colors, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices.
2018 Intern Reflection:
I've had the amazing opportunity to work at Democracy Works this summer in Brooklyn, NY, where the civic tech space has uniquely given me the chance to directly impact and engage college campuses. The office location in Brooklyn DUMBO is extraordinary and nowhere like I've lived or worked before, from the refurbished warehouses and the food trucks on Jay Street. The young and energetic atmosphere create the perfect setting to be working with such important issues.
The open plan office fosters a collaborative, friendly environment where I'm able to work with my fellow interns (or "associates" as we're called) while simultaneously look across the room to see our CEO taking a business call. As a summer associate, I work with college campuses and aiding them in implementing TurboVote in the best and most efficient way possible. While some projects involve compiling data and doing research, others involve writing social media content and talking with school administrations.
I am truly grateful that I am able to work for Democracy Works. With all that I have learned and am learning, I am positive that by the end of the summer I will be equipped with the tools to work at other non-profits and startups with confidence.
Jennifer Lee '20
2017 Intern Reflection:
I am excited to be working at TurboVote/Democracy Works this summer in Brooklyn, NY. The office environment is friendly, open, and emphasizes "radical transparency" in all aspects of employees' work. This transparency provides many opportunities for me and my four co-interns, or “summer associates,” to work on a variety of projects with employees in different positions, from content creation to sales to customer management. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day, the staff and interns work to make TurboVote accessible and easy to use for as many voters as we can.
Interns are exposed to the workings of the entire Democracy Works organization, creating not only an authentic experience within the org but also a highly educational one. As a result, I am more and more knowledgeable about American civic engagement and American election laws each day, and am gaining skills in salesmanship, communication, and policy research.
Eloise Kaehny '19