Position Title: Vote Early Day Intern
Position Length: Temporary
Hours: Part Time (20-29 hours/week average)
Payment: $18-20/hour stipend, college credits per departmental guidelines
Overtime Status: Non-exempt
Location: 1200 G St NW – Washington, D.C. 20005 (Remote options also available)
Position Start Dates: Rolling start date depending on availability, with dates available for Spring, Summer, and Fall internships
Position Report: Vote Early Day Partnerships Manager
- CAA Foundation
- Center for Tech & Civic Life
- Civic Alliance
- Democracy Fund
- Democracy Works
- Nonprofit Vote
- Poder Latinx
- Snap Inc
- Students Learn Students Vote Coalition
- Bipartisan Election Administrators
When Americans vote early, they ensure last-minute problems, long lines at the polls, confusing election laws, and voter disinformation cannot prevent us from casting our ballot. But voting early rules – both for in-person and by-mail options – vary widely, which can cause confusion and prevent voters from casting their ballots.
Vote Early Day is a nonpartisan collaboration of nonprofits, businesses, election administrators, media companies, and influencers working to ensure all Americans know their options to vote early so they can overcome the obstacles that arise when voters wait until Election Day. Vote Early Day is a movement to ensure voters know Election Day is the last day to vote, not the only day.
We were founded by MTV as a new civic holiday focused on helping every voter know how, where, and when they can vote early. Launched amid a global pandemic, Vote Early Day became a critical resource to ensure no voter had to choose between their health and casting their ballot. In our first celebration, Vote Early Day attracted 134 premier partners and 2,700 community partners from every state nationwide. Over 3,000,000 voters cast their ballots on Vote Early Day alone.
Scheduled the week before Halloween, Vote Early Day reaches Americans as interest in the election peaks through:
Flagship Events: At least four major events across the country will feature major talent, election leaders, national partners, and thousands of voters.
Local Celebrations: Through parties at polling locations, community parades to early voting sites, and get-out-the-vote efforts, organizations across the country will build celebrations to attract more Americans to vote early.
Spreading the Word: Through mass on-air or digital marketing, media companies will give Americans the tools to vote early and point them to local events and resources to cast a ballot.
Educating and Empowering Voters: Everywhere in America, eligible voters can research their ballots and make a plan to vote. Through traditional and social media, street teaming, SMS outreach, and broadcasting online tools, we will connect with hundreds of thousands of voters to help them identify options to vote early.
Expanding the Vote Early Movement: We aim to change the culture of how we think about voting by bringing in new and non-traditional voices into the civic space at the national and local levels to meet voters where they are.
Position Goals and Overview:
Interns will collaborate with the Vote Early Day team to engage national partners and grassroots organizations to build celebrations in every state, focused on helping Americans learn about their options to vote early. We are not looking for people to run errands or bring coffee to staff meetings. Vote Early Day is looking for dynamic individuals who care deeply about empowering every American to cast their ballot early and are eager to step into leadership roles, work diligently, and be an integral part of our team. Vote Early Day is a small team, so there will be opportunities for innovation and ownership of projects.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
- Trusted management of multifaceted projects with various levels of complexity and responsibility
- Creating materials and tools for partners on the ground to ensure they know all the steps to build successful activations from start to finish
- Hosting trainings and webinars to help partners learn important aspects of building their activations and highlight critical reasons why this work is essential.
- Recruiting Vote Early Day partners and supporting their work through regular communication, answering questions, and finding creative opportunities for them to collaborate with others celebrating
- Prospecting for new partners by creatively thinking through business sectors, constituency groups, advocacy organizations, and other people who should be celebrating with us in the fall
- Tracking data and outcomes from conversations with partners to help us build a comprehensive view of what is happening in every state leading up to Vote Early Day
- Maintaining up-to-date metrics so we can have a tangible measure of our success and a clear sense of areas for improvement
- Event planning support and encouragement for community partners on the ground and actual event logistics for national tentpole events
- Researching details and contact information for potential partners to best understand how engaging in Vote Early Day can meaningfully advance their mission and lead to voter empowerment.
- Regular communication with staff and partners to make sure all projects are moving forward on time and in line with our goals
- Social media drafting and management to help spread the word about the work of our partners and this growing movement
- Utilizing your unique skills and attributes that make you special
To center the safety and well-being of its employees, Tides Foundation requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date. This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at Tides Foundation.
- Showing up on time for all scheduled hours, staff meetings, and other required events
- Following the direction and instruction of Vote Early Day staff and project leaders
- Adhere to Vote Early Day policies to keep our workers safe and healthy and our workplace discrimination and abuse-free.
- Acting with integrity and in such a way that reflects well on Vote Early Day
- Responding promptly to Vote Early Day staff communications
- Understanding your assigned tasks and seeking appropriate support and clarification as needed
- Assisting other team members and interns on other campaigns as needed.
- Preference will be given to applicants with relevant experience such as organizing, event planning, campaign work, or other advocacy work – but it is not required.
- Applicants must believe in the work and mission of Vote Early Day and show an evident passion for empowering every voter to cast their ballot and have their voice heard.
- Applicants must be hard-working, on-time, and dependable
- Applicants must be able to have fun and energize themselves and their peers
- Applicants should have the flexibility to adapt to ever-changing events and organizational needs
- Applicants must have strong people skills and be able to work with a diverse group of people
- Applicants must be well organized and able to keep a schedule
- Applicants must be individually driven to accomplish goals
Interested applicants should submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote Early Day is a project of the Tides Foundation. Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Also pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Applicants with Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. If you seek accommodation, please advise in writing at the time you apply.