Development and Communications Internship

Classification: 
Full-time
Company: 
Project Vote Smart,
One Common Ground,
Philipsburg,
Montana
59858
Contact Person: 
Internship Coordinator
Contact E-mail Address: 
officemgr@votesmart.org
Contact Phone Number: 
(406) 8598683
Description/Responsibilities: 
The Project Vote Smart National Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students from across the nation and around the world come to our high tech research center in the Montana Rockies for ten weeks to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. By providing this information in an easy and accessible manner, Project Vote Smart believes that citizens can better defend themselves from the political hype and misrepresentation characteristic of present day political campaigns. Interns play a crucial role at Project Vote Smart and make up the vast majority of our staff. The individual talents, ideas and hard work of our interns have been instrumental in the success of many of our most important programs. Since the Project researches thousands of elected officials and candidates' backgrounds, the work is often tedious. However, if you are interested in making a genuine contribution to your Nation, in an idealistic and positive environment -- located in the middle of a natural wonderland -- we would love to have you join our team. There is plenty of room to learn and grow with the organization. Interns often return as staff members after they have finished their college careers. We are currently searching intently for interns with skills and interests that can be put to work in our Communications and Development department. Selected individuals will: 1.Maintain contact information for national and statewide media 2.Contact news organizations regarding news releases 3.Assist with the writing and editing of external communications 4.Research and assist with new outreach/public relation campaigns 5.Create content for the organization on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, those with graphic design experience, both web and print, are encouraged to apply.
Requirements/Qualifications: 
We seek college students or recent graduates who are genuinely interested in working to accomplish our goal of making factual, unbiased political information easily and freely accessible to all. The overriding qualification for securing an internship position is your willingness to commit 100% to the Project's goals and mission. In addition, you must meet the following requirements: 1. Must be able to set aside political beliefs and be objective and non-partisan while working. 2. Must be in good standing with your university/school, as current student or alum. 3. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks. 4. Lastly, please remember that our research facility is located in an extraordinarily beautiful but remote area. You will be expected to maintain the facility.
Application Instructions: 
National Intern applicants must submit the following: 1. Completed application form, available at http://votesmart.org/internships/application 2. Resume and cover letter. 3. Minimum of three academic or professional references. References need only be names and contact information.