Communications & Voting Advocacy Internship

Offered By: 
League of Women Voters of Texas
Job Location: 
Austin
Salary: 
Unpaid
Job Description: 
The League of Women Voters is approaching our 100 year anniversary, nationally and in Texas. The League is a non-partisan --we do not support or oppose any candidates or parties -- organization that encourages civic engagement and participation by providing community education and legislative advocacy. We are well known for our voter guides where all candidates running for office may explain their positions on issues of concern to the community and the League. The League also develops white paper studies on critical community issues. The most recent issues studied by the Texas League were payday loans and human trafficking. We also monitor the Texas legislature for bills that impact issues of concern to women and their families. League members testify at committee hearings and educate legislators. Early each Texas legislative session LWVTX hosts a Lobby Day where members and supporters from across the state to come to Austin to talk with their legislators. We have a range of activities to suit the individual intern’s skills and interests. I want interns to have meaningful experiences that build on their academic skills. In addition to the tasks mentioned above, we will structure unique projects depending on the needs of the intern. By the end of the internship, I want students to have a “show & tell” product to add to their portfolio to be able to show future employers the quality of their work in a real life setting. An internship with the League of Women Voters would also include the benefit of working with League members who are seasoned community advocates. We also do all of the tasks and activities that a statewide non-profit organization must do to engage our constituencies and extend our impact. Types of tasks for interns in the next 6+ months might include: -Develop and execute social media plans to Get Out The Vote for the 2020 Primary and Presidential elections and to educate and activate members and supporters on League issues -Write up short stories of League accomplishments for social media and fundraising -Prepare for statewide convention in April 2020 -Help local Leagues set up their online voter information service, Vote 411 (http://www.vote411.org/) -Track down contact information for candidates to include them in our Voter Guide -Write press releases, newsletters, grants, fundraising letters, thank you letters Unfortunately, this is not a paid internship, but our interns do have a lot of fun doing meaningful work. Most have done this for class credit, but occasionally we have interns who are here just for the fun of it. I do require references if this is not for class credit. We give interns significant responsibility and access in our organization. I need to know they are going to be reliable and trustworthy.
Application Instructions: 
Students interested in an internship should submit: Resume, cover letter, and a list of 2-3 references by email to amcmurrer@lwvtexas.org. Please use the subject "Application for Internship."
Degree Status: 
Current Student
Contact Information: 
If you have any questions, please contact Aileen McMurrer at amcmurrer@lwvtexas.org
Type of Internship: 
Advocacy - State
Posted By: 
Aileen McMurrer
Expiration Date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020