FairVote Minnesota Fellowships: Fall 2017
About the Organization
Would you like to be a part of the movement for a better democracy?
Political dysfunction is deeper and more pervasive than ever after this past presidential election year. Extremism, polarization, divisiveness, negative campaigning, voter alienation – it’s all there, and you can help stop it.
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is essential to giving voters more choice and power and combating minority rule and the hyper partisanship, polarization, spoiler concerns and cynicism plaguing our politics.
FairVote Minnesota works to bring this critical reform to voters across the state. This year, we are working to educate Minneapolis and St. Paul voters about the RCV elections, train 2017 candidates and their campaigns, expand RCV in multiple cities throughout the state, pass an RCV local options bill in the legislature and expand the presence of RCV in the media.
Join us in making democracy reform a reality. We have several fellowship opportunities including, but not limited to, the following areas of work:
Fellows will work with the Director of Campaigns and relevant staff in executing tasks critical to the advancement of our mission. These tasks will be assigned based on urgency and importance of the needs to the organization, as well as the fellow’s strengths, skills, and interests.
Events and House Parties
Fellows will work with the Events and Outreach Manager to identify and organize appropriate community and political events and educational house parties at which FairVote Minnesota can provide education about Ranked Choice Voting. You will help identify events, assess the benefits and cost of attendance, and organize event logistics including presentations.
Fellows will work with the Field Director and relevant staff in all organizational outreach, field canvassing needs, and volunteer recruitment and management. You will help create new and deepen existing volunteer relationships, develop and execute the organization’s field plan, assist in relevant database management, and document field activities.
Fellows will work with the Director of Campaigns and other relevant staff to help manage the organization’s database system, including cultivating, structuring, and refining data, tracking and reporting systems and data analysis.
Fellows will work with the FairVote Minnesota’s communications teams to provide and grow the organization’s presence and impact on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You will also attend events, photograph attendees, and talk to them about why they support Ranked Choice Voting. Various other social media activities may arise.
Interest in electoral reform. Fellows will need to become proficient in Ranked Choice Voting talking points and organizational messaging, as well as FairVote Minnesota’s volunteer training curriculum
Excellent communications and team skills
Experience in database use is ideal
Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to multi-task and prioritize requests
Flexibility, highly motivated, and ability to work in a physical or virtual office setting; a high degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information is required
These fellowships are ideal for college students interested in political science, electoral reform, political campaigns, and social justice. Each fellowship is approximately 10 hours per week, and are unpaid but with options for college credit. Flexible work environment depending on tasks.
Please send a brief cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to indicate which internship(s) you are interested in.