Nonprofit Partnerships Summer Associate

Update: as of Friday, February 15th, we are no longer accepting new applications for this position

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Position type: Internship
Dates: June 12, 2019 - August 21, 2019
Compensation: $6,000 stipend, an additional housing stipend for anyone who travels to New York City for this internship, and a transportation stipend

Organizational overview

At Democracy Works, we believe voting should fit the way we live. To that end, we build technology for both voters and election administrators that simplifies the process and ensures that no voter should ever have to miss an election.

TurboVote, our first service, helps voters register, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to national. Our six-millionth voter signed up for TurboVote in 2018 thanks to the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including more than 300 campuses, companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and dozens more. Our work also includes the Voting Information Project, whose polling-place data received 123 million impressions in 2016, and Ballot Scout, which tracks absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry.

The partnerships team within the voter engagement department recruits schools, organizations, and groups to promote voter engagement through the strategic use of TurboVote. This position specifically supports the nonprofit partner support lead, whose work focuses on nonprofit outreach and implementation.

Position overview

In 2019, we are focused on scaling our nonprofit program in preparation for the 2020 election. On the implementation side, this is accomplished by investing in our existing partnerships and developing creative ways to help partners build more comprehensive programs for voter engagement with TurboVote. On the outreach side, this includes identifying and recruiting partners in the nonprofit and advocacy spaces. Through community building and active partner support, our goal (with your help!) is to empower our nonprofit partners to promote democratic engagement alongside their cause-specific work.

Your summer will include:

  • adding valuable capacity to the nonprofit team by contributing to projects that directly support our mission in the lead-up to 2020.

  • attending calls with partners for note-taking and follow-up purposes.

  • creating content (think: onboarding documents, one-pagers, and partner newsletters) that will help our partners successfully promote TurboVote.

  • offering a young person’s perspective around creative ways to reach, motivate, and rally our partners to register and turn out their audiences.

  • collecting and maintaining data on our partners so every contact gets the customized outreach they need.

  • collaborating with the other voter engagement summer associates on program-wide projects, as assigned.

You are:

  • excited about the intersection of technology and nonpartisan voter engagement.

  • comfortable with oral and written communication in a variety of settings, including phone presence, email outreach, and presentations.

  • self-motivated, happy working on independent projects, and highly organized.

  • a relationship-builder and all-around people person.

  • currently enrolled as an undergraduate at an institution of higher education.

Experience in political organizing, leading an organization, writing and editing, or business development is a plus, but not a requirement. Please note that some members of the partnerships team, including the nonprofit partner support lead to whom you’ll report, work remotely from other time zones.

This full-time, paid position is located in Brooklyn, NY for 10 weeks from early June to mid-August. You will be expected to join the Democracy Works team in the office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the work week. This intern position is one among a team of fellow student interns supporting the voter engagement partnerships team.

Physical demands

This position requires regular, daily use of a computer.


Please send the following to Shakhed at with the subject line “Will intern for democracy”:

  1. a short email including the title of this specific internship and how you found this listing. We also encourage all applicants to state their pronouns when applying for any job opening at Democracy Works.

  2. a resume of relevant experience to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above.

Complete applications will be accepted until Friday, February 15, 2019, at midnight. Once we receive your email and resume, we’ll send you a short practical exercise, which we’ll anonymize and then evaluate in a blind review. Candidates with strong responses to the practical exercise will go through interview rounds (up to two) with different members of our team who interact closely with this position. Based on the application and interviews, one person will be selected for the position and will be notified by a target date of Friday, March 22, 2019.

Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team that's representative of the voters we serve. When hiring, we practice proactive outreach to top talent that’s underrepresented in our sector (including Latino, Black, AAPI, and Indigenous candidates). We conduct an anonymized skills evaluation, to reduce implicit bias and resume-dependency in our process. We're a woman- and gay-founded nonprofit, and promote an inclusive culture that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism (to name a few). To be explicit, we strongly encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, political party associations, religions (or lack thereof), national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, and branches of military service.

Feel free to contact if you have any questions about our commitment to inclusion or about general hiring practices, or if you need an accommodation for a medical condition during the hiring process. Democracy Works posts all current career opportunities at