Political Internship

Location: Washington, DC or Remote
Compensation: 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

Internship Overview

The political team coordinates the development and implementation of the political program.
The department will assess targets nationwide and translate them into effective state-by-state
programs. As a whole, the department serves as a point on coalition building and ally
coordination, electoral programming, and outreach to elected officials.
Interns on the Political team will:

  • Assist with special projects, including bill tracking, tracking timelines, and electoral updates
  • Assist the the Political team on election-related research and analysis
  • Provide support for department directors and external meetings as needed
  • Provide additional support for general administrative work within the office as needed

Qualifications

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Applicants will be self-motivated and interested in gaining experience with political and legal issues surrounding the electoral process, specifically focused on gerrymandering
  • Successful in a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail, especially in research and written materials
  • Proven ability to work with sensitive information
  • Able to commit 30 to 40 hours a week
  • The ideal candidate will be available on Mondays

Additional expectations:

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

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 this question: Why do you think gerrymandering is problematic to democracy? Please also address which topic you are most interested in:

  • Grassroots Advocacy
  • Communications
  • Litigation
  • Branding/Design

Please put “Internship — {{preferred topic}}” in the subject line of your email. Cover letters should be addressed to “Hiring Manager.”

This is a nonemployment internship opportunity and selected candidates will receive a stipend for their work. Interns can receive school credit depending on degree requirements.

Equal Opportunity & Diversity

The NDRC is committed to building a staff that reflects the diverse communities that make up our country. The NDRC prohibits 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, including opportunity for employment and treatment as a NDRC employee. The NDRC is an equal opportunity employer and will comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment.