Advocacy Internship

Season: Fall Internship
Number of Internships Available:
Location: Washington, DC or Remote
Compensation: This is a non-employment internship opportunity and selected candidates will receive a stipend for their work. Interns can receive school credit depending on degree requirements.

To Apply:

Please see detailed instructions below.

About the NDRC

Chaired by Eric Holder, the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, NDRC is the first-ever strategic hub for redistricting focused on winning targeted elections and ballot initiatives, advancing legal action, and building the infrastructure to achieve a fairer redistricting process.

Republican gerrymandering after the 2010 Census rigged the system; it is hurting our democracy. The NDRC is working to fix this through a comprehensive strategy that includes ensuring states with independent redistricting commissions run full and transparent processes that results in fair maps, calling out elected officials who are working to draw bad maps, building and participating in a strong coalition that exemplifies fair map-drawing practices, and supporting national and state-level legislation to support fair maps.

The NDRC internship provides an enriching opportunity and unique educational experience for those looking for hands-on experience in the redistricting space. Through first-hand opportunities to learn more about redistricting, assist with research, outreach with other groups, development, and strategic communications, the internship is a dynamic educational and training experience that allows individuals to engage in the multifaceted work of our organization.

“The biggest rigged system in America is gerrymandering.
Together we can change that and restore fairness to our democracy. Join our fight because politicians shouldn’t choose their voters — voters should choose their representatives.”

Eric H. Holder, Jr. 82nd U.S. Attorney General

NDRC Advocacy Department Background

NDRC’s Advocacy Department’s mission is to raise awareness about the harmful impact gerrymandering has on policy making, encourage participation in activities that defend democratic ideals, and increase grassroots engagement in every step of the redistricting process. We do this by engaging volunteers, grassroots communities, and partner groups nationally and at the state level to advocate for fair redistricting and democracy protection. The Advocacy Department is the largest NDRC department and houses region-specific staff including Regional Directors and Organizing Managers, as well as our redistricting reform efforts.

Internship Overview

Advocacy Department interns will provide department-wide support as necessary to region-based and headquarters staff. They will: 

  • Draft content for external audiences
  • Conduct state and federal level research on issues related to redistricting 
  • Assist with coordinating staff calendars and event logistics
  • Provide support for department directors and external meetings as needed
  • Provide additional support for general administrative work within the office as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Successful candidate should:

  • Demonstrate effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Be resourceful self-starter with the ability to take general direction and produce specific results
  • Be energetic and interested in gaining experience and involvement in politics and law
  • Have an ability to be successful in a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines
  • Demonstrate a proven ability to work discreetly with sensitive information
  • Have availability to work with us 30-40 hours a week
  • Be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or graduate program or recent graduate
  • Be committed to fixing gerrymandering across the United States

Expectations

  • Punctual
  • Professional
  • Responsive and effective communication
  • Able to meet deadlines

Work Conditions

This is a fully remote position with the possibility to work from the office if the intern resides within the DMV area. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an intern encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the intern is regularly required to effectively communicate. The intern may be required to sit or stand in a stationary position 50% of the time. This position constantly operates a computer and other office productivity equipment. The NDRC adheres to ADA compliance and guidelines as a common practice.

Equal Opportunity & Diversity Policy

The NDRC and its affiliates are committed to building a staff that reflects the diverse communities that make up our country. The NDRC and its affiliates prohibit discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the NDRC and its affiliates, including opportunity for employment and treatment as an NDRC intern. The NDRC and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers and will comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. We appreciate all applicants, but please be advised that our capacity allows us to only respond to those candidates best qualified for the position.

Application Process

To apply for a position at the NDRC, please submit a cover letter and resume as PDF attachments on an email to jobs@democraticredistricting.com. In your cover letter please include your answer to these questions:

  • Who inspires you in your work and why? 
  • What skills would you want to develop in this role? 
  • What is your most memorable advocacy action? Why?

Please put “InternshipADVOCACY” in the subject line of your email. Cover letters should be addressed to “Hiring Manager.”