Voting Rights Intern

Title: Voting Rights Intern
Department: Community & Civic Engagement  
Status: Non-exempt
Reports to: Democracy Program Director 
Location: Flexible (the intern may decide whether to work remotely and/or from an LCVEF office)
Duration: 12 Weeks; May – August 2024 (start and end dates flexible)
Schedule and Compensation: 40 hours per week; $17.00 per hour

General Description:

The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund believes our earth is worth mobilizing for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. LCV Education Fund (LCVEF) works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCVEF’s work to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. 

Democracy for All is one of the largest and most dynamic civic engagement programs in the nation and the largest program within the environmental movement. As a program of LCVEF, we operate in partnership with 30+ state affiliates in the Conservation Voter Movement, which gives Democracy For All substantial capacity and geographic reach. Over the last four election cycles, we have established a track record of running highly effective, research-based nonpartisan voter registration programs that are rooted in racial justice and work in collaboration with the communities most impacted by environmental degradation. Since 2019, we have added voting rights and voter protection to our portfolio. This includes: focusing on passing federal and state pro-voter policies, recruiting poll workers/watchers during election season, and combatting disinformation targeted at communities of color. These democracy issues are central to the success of our environmental priorities, and are, therefore, central to the success of the Conservation Voter Movement. 

LCVEF is seeking a Voting Rights Intern who will support the Democracy Program Director in developing multiple national campaigns aimed at voter registration, voter education, getting out the vote (GOTV), and other forms of civic engagement for the fall 2024 elections. Special projects include assisting the Democracy team with planning for high-engagement events, like Poll Worker Recruitment Day and National Voter Registration Day, and collaborating with the Digital Communications team to create engaging voter education materials for LCVEF and its state partners. In addition, the intern will support the Democracy Program Director in their partnership work with the Conservation Voter Moment, helping construct a voter protection threat matrix that will advise LCVEF on what states they should invest resources in to protect voters from disinformation and suppression attacks.  

The Voting Rights Intern will join a Summer 2024 internship cohort that will have access to development opportunities including a Capstone project, informational interviews with staff, and organization-wide training and discussions. Summer interns participate in brown bag lunches with various members of LCVEF’s senior management team, including President Gene Karpinski.

Intern Will Gain Experience in:

  • Developing and executing civic engagement campaigns focused on engaging Black, Indigenous and other Communities of Color nationwide.
  • Collaborating with communications professionals to create online materials aimed at education and mobilization.
  • Building and maintaining coalition partnerships through regular meetings, collaborative brainstorms, and product development.  

Qualifications

  • Skills: Highly organized; strong attention to detail; excellent written and oral communications skills; strong research skills; exhibits solid judgment; critical thinking skills; able to work independently and as a team; able to handle multiple tasks; self-starter; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and Canva or similar graphic design platform. 
  • Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating racial justice and equity into the work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Commitment to environmental protection and mission of LCVEF. Has a background of engaging with communities of color around issues of social justice. 
  • Working Conditions:  Applicants need to be located in and legally authorized to work in the United States. LCVEF requires all employees working from our offices or participating in in-person meetings or events to be fully up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

LCVEF offers sick leave, paid holidays, and voting leave to interns.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcvef.org with “Voting Rights Intern” in the subject line by February 19, 2024. No phone calls please. 

LCVEF is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information, or any other protected status. LCVEF is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact hr@lcvef.org.