Voting Rights Intern

Arizonans for Fair Elections

2022 is a very important election year in the United States with key races and ballot initiatives happening in Arizona, including the Arizonans for Fair Elections ballot initiative to strengthen and protect voting rights. (A ballot initiative is a bill that citizens vote on directly).

This is a critical moment for our democracy – especially in Arizona, and we must make sure that all Americans are able to make our voices heard.

We are looking for interns to organize with us in Arizona to 1. Educate students and the general public about the Arizonans for Fair Elections ballot initiative. 2. Help make sure students are registered to vote and participate in the 2022 general election. (Don’t worry if this would be your first time organizing, we provide training and support!)

Responsibilities:

You’ll be working closely with our campaign leaders and state-based organizations to support voter education and engagement around the Arizonans for Fair Elections Ballot initiative and help make sure students and community members get out and vote.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Educating students about the ballot initiative, helping students register to vote, and sharing opportunities to help as poll workers and election protection volunteers.
  • Distributing information on the ballot initiative as well as voting information on your campuses and gathering pledges to vote.
  • Reaching out to professors, your campus administration, student government, campus media and other student leadership to ask for their assistance in getting voter information out to students.
  • Engaging in community activities to spread the word about the ballot initiative, including passing out materials and talking to voters and participating in press events and rallies.
  • Helping to organize a statewide training for voters and volunteers.
  • Reaching out to Arizona voters about the ballot initiative directly.
  • Collaborating with organizations on your campus to conduct these activities.
  • Conducting social media and online outreach to build campaign visibility and assisting with press outreach and events.
  • Working 12-15 hours/week on these activities.

This is a chance to truly play an active role in making an impact in our nation’s history!

To Apply:

Our campus program will run from August through the general election on November 8.  

Please send your cover letter and resume to Christine at cwood@citizen.org by July 31, 2022.

Public Citizen offers paid fellowships ($16.10 an hour) for students with financial need, as well as unpaid fellowships (credit can be arranged).

If you are applying for a paid fellowship, please include an essay outlining why you want to work at Public Citizen and any other information about you that you wish to have considered, including your need for financial support (500 words or fewer). If you have completed the FAFSA, please also submit a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

About Public Citizen:

Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. We defend democracy, resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people – not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, we now have 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country.

We mobilize activists to grow democratic movements, watchdog Congress, sue the government when it fails to do its job, petition regulatory agencies to safeguard the public and engage in cutting-edge research that effects change.