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Summer 2013 Semester: Help Get Corporate Money Out of Politics!


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts of money to promote or defeat candidates for office. This influx of corporate dollars stands to dramatically damage our democracy by prioritizing the voices of nameless and faceless corporations over the voices of “We the People” — unless we act now.
More and more people are responding to this threat by joining together and calling on public officials to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the court’s decision. Public Citizen has played a lead role in this effort and is building the next phase of a dynamic campaign to galvanize public support for a constitutional amendment that would restore our democracy. We are looking for a few amazing interns to join us at least 16 hours per week.
You’ve heard that corporations have lobbyists. At Public Citizen, we’re the people’s lobbyists, representing the public in the halls of power. We fight for public health and safety, champion corporate and government accountability, and campaign for fair trade, clean energy, and consumer rights. Now, we’re gearing up for one of our biggest campaigns yet.


Responsibilities:

You’ll be working closely with our campaign organizers to build the campaign and help make it happen. Your work could include:
  • working with activists around the country, especially in key states, to get them involved in the campaign;
  • conducting social media and online outreach to build campaign visibility and assisting with press outreach and events;
  • conducting outreach to state and national organizations to gain their endorsement and support;
  • researching the effects and impacts of Citizens United v. FEC;
  • mobilizing students on college campuses to become active in the campaign; and
  • developing and implementing other creative campaign actions.
  • This is your chance to truly play an active role in making a deeply important change in our nation’s history.

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to Public Citizen, Attn: Aquene Freechild, Senior Organizer to afreechild@citizen.org. Be sure to include what makes you passionate about the internship and past experiences you would bring to the campaign. Applicants will be considered and accepted on a rolling basis, but they are encouraged to apply by the end of March if they wish to be most competitive.

  1. Why are you passionate about working on issues of justice and equity? Feel free to elaborate on any life experiences you may have had that make you passionate to create a more just society.
  2. What makes you want to work on the Democracy Is For People campaign to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling?
  3. What experiences do you have in doing this type of work and how will these experiences support your work at Public Citizen?
  4. What makes you particularly qualified for the Democracy Is For People Fannie Lou Hamer Fellowship?

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Be sure to get your applications in by the end of March for best consideration.



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