Internships

Intern with Move to Amend!

2011 Fall Term Interns

Move to Amend is the the national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. We are mobilizing a movement to amend the US Constitution to establish that corporations are not people and that financial contributions to political campaigns are not free speech.

We are seeking bright, energetic folks to join our team as interns this spring and fall. Interns can either work out of the office of Democracy Unlimited in Eureka, CA - one of our Move to Amend founding organizations, or telecommute from anywhere in the United States.

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Dates and Details

2014 Spring Term

  • Deadline for Applications: Monday, November 25, 2013
  • Interviews: December 2-13
  • Acceptance Notice: December 16
  • Confirmation of Acceptance: December 20
  • Internship Dates: February 3-July 11 (23 weeks)

2014 Fall Term

  • Deadline for Applications: Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Interviews: April 30-May 3
  • Acceptance Notice: May 7
  • Confirmation of Acceptance: May 12
  • Internship Dates: July 21-December 18 (22 weeks)

Compensation:

  • "On-site internship": Up to $500 travel reimbursement to get to Humboldt County. Also includes room & board at the Duck House (a vegetarian household) in Eureka, CA.
  • "Telecommute internship": $250/month stipend to cover internship costs and supplies. Must have computer, phone and high speed internet access.

Hours: Part time, 20-30 hours per week for Humboldt County interns, open to less hours for the right person (telecommute option only).

Location: Eureka, CA (Humboldt County) OR Telecommute

Position Descriptions & Responsibilities

Communications Intern

Move to Amend is seeking a communications intern to assist with a range of communications projects. You will engage in activities including generating media coverage, sending email alerts to activists, responding to inquiries, writing persuasive blog posts and op-eds, participating in online social networks, and developing communications and campaign strategies.

Communications Intern Responsibilities

  • Quickly learn about the issues on which we work and the positions we take on them, as well as the range of communications tactics we employ.
  • Draft and edit a wide variety of written content, including e-action alerts, fact sheets, news releases, blog posts, web page text, op-eds, letters to newspaper editors, memoranda, and magazine articles.
  • Build and update media contact lists and pitch stories to reporters.
  • Track media coverage.
  • Use our online advocacy and email software, as well as our website content management system and our media contact database.
  • Produce content for Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
  • Produce multimedia content, including videos and photos.
  • Attend, facilitate, and help with logistics for various events and meetings.
  • Review incoming communications. Direct requests to the appropriate parties. Respond to public inquiries as required.
  • Assist in the graphic design of print or Web-based material
  • Research prospective media or speaking opportunities.
  • Conduct research.
  • Perform other functions as needed.

Field Organizing Intern

Move to Amend  is seeking a field organizing intern to assist with a range of organizing support projects. You will engage in activities to mobilize our members to take action with the campaign. Our field team also provides support and training to Move to Amend affiliate groups to assist with grassroots education and action.

Field Organizing Internship Responsibilities

  • Quickly learn about the issues on which we work and the positions we take on them, as well as the range of organizing tactics we employ.
  • Use our online advocacy and email software, as well as our website content management system and our supporter contact database.
  • Produce content for Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
  • Attend, facilitate, and help with logistics for various events and meetings.
  • Coordinate and train new affiliate leaders to use database and access Move to Amend organizing resources.
  • Develop outreach materials.
  • Assist, support and participate with the Organizing Director and staff at phone banks, conference calls,  other activities as needed and directed.
  • Support Move to Amend barnstorming tours, including outreach, logistics and creating materials.
  • Review incoming communications. Direct requests to the appropriate parties. Respond to public inquiries as required.
  • Assist in the graphic design of print or Web-based material.
  • Conduct research.
  • Assist with proofing and tracking of documents, letters, and files
  • Perform other functions as needed.

Law and Research Intern

Move to Amend is seeking a Legal Intern to assist our Law & Research Team, which collaborates with and provides legal support for Move to Amend affiliate groups across the country. Please note that this is a unique opportunity that blends a legal practice with grassroots organizing for systemic change.  We are committed to changing existing “settled law” as it relates to the role and functions of corporations in US society.

You will definitely have the opportunity to engage in legal research, prepare written memoranda, and also to engage in strategy discussions with the Move To Amend national Law & Research Team.  You may have the opportunity to draft notice letters, briefs and other pleadings, and work on discovery. (This depends on whether any local affiliates need litigation support during your tenure). 

Law & Research Internship Responsibilities

  • Quickly learn about the issues on which we work and the positions we take on them, as well as the range of organizing tactics we employ.
  • Use our online advocacy and email software, as well as our website content management system and our supporter contact database.
  • Develop basic materials to help explain complex constitutional issues/questions to non-lawyers.
  • Produce content for Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
  • Attend, facilitate, and help with logistics for Law & Research Team monthly conference calls.
  • Assist, support and participate with the Organizing Director during monthly conference calls with local affiliates, and other activities as needed and directed.
  • Review incoming communications requesting legal help. Direct requests to the appropriate parties. Respond to public inquiries as required.
  • Conduct research and prepare memorandums on: direct municipal legislation, using citizen initiatives for “advisory questions,” the difference between 501c(3) and 501c(4) entities, using statewide initiatives to ratify a Constitutional Amendment, and what an Article V Constitutional Amendment might entail.
  • Perform other functions as needed.

Development Intern

Move to Amend is seeking a development intern to assist with a range of fundraising and development projects. You will engage in activities including soliciting donors, sending email alerts to supporters, responding to inquiries, writing persuasive donor literature and grant applications, participating in online social networks, and developing communications and fundraising strategies.

Development Intern Responsibilities

  • Quickly learn about the issues on which we work and the positions we take on them, as well as the range of communications tactics we employ.
  • Draft and edit a wide variety of written content, including solicitation appeals, fact sheets, foundation grant proposals, web page text, and thank you letters.
  • Use our online advocacy and email software, as well as our website content management system and our donor contact database.
  • Supporting the Development Coordinator in grant writing – including crafting grant and budget narratives, collecting letters of support, etc.
  • Assistance with donor cultivation. Assisting with managing and tracking relationships with current and prospective donors, setting up donor meetings, planning thank you gifts and follow up notes and phone calls.
  • Research new foundations to apply to for funding, new prospective donors, fundraising best practices, etc.
  • Produce content for Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
  • Support and learn from the Development Coordinator and National Fundraising Committee
  • Review incoming communications. Direct requests to the appropriate parties. Respond to public inquiries as required.
  • Assist in the graphic design of print or Web-based material.
  • Perform other functions as needed.

Requirements for Move to Amend Interns

  • Be a superb writer who communicates in a precise, concise, accessible and persuasive manner (will be asked to submit writing samples).
  • Have strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, Web applications, Google Docs, experience with Adobe design software a plus).
  • Work hard and stay on task.
  • Pay attention to detail.
  • Excel whether working individually or in teams.
  • Work well with people - strong interpersonal skills.
  • Take responsibility for assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Flourish in an environment that is highly transparent and collaborative.
  • Possesses political savvy, and be knowledgeable about and interested in politics, policy, advocacy, and social movements.
  • Consume various types of media and be familiar with current events.
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment.
  • Have a strong passion for Move to Amend and the issues we address

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience in a similar position
  • Working knowledge of Drupal, Basecamp, Nationbuilder, Salsa, and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign
  • An operating vehicle

Application Process

Send the following documents to Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, by April 25, 2014 (Summer/Fall 2014).

Please attach all items as ONE pdf document in this order, max 5 pages total:

If you have any questions contact or call (707) 269-0984. Incomplete applications will not be considered.