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Elections Program Internship (Begins Fall 2021)


Democracy Fund is seeking a highly motivated candidate to support the Elections Program for a 9-month internship, starting in the Fall of 2021, and running through the Summer of 2022. Please note that this is a full-time position (35-40 hours/week expected). While this position will initially work remotely, it may transition to an in-person role in our D.C. office once it reopens. 

The Elections Program focuses on pro-voter reform, the administration of elections, and trust in elections, with the goal of ensuring the views and votes of the American public come first in our democracy. A successful candidate believes the election system must provide the public with confidence that their voices can be heard and that they have the ability to hold their leaders accountable for their actions. 


  • Support efforts by Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning 

  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives 

  • Assist in evaluating grantmaking opportunities and with the preparation of internal memoranda and other materials that are part of the grantmaking process.  

  • Provide logistical support during meetings with reform leaders, political figures, and academic authorities—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to Democracy Fund's office  

  • Actively engage with all staff at Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member.  


  • A deep passion for racial justice, strengthening American democracy, and voting rights 

  • Ability to work full time (35-40 hours/week) 

  • Completion of an accredited (undergraduate or graduate) university program, or equivalent experience in the field 

  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 

  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships 

  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team  

  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details 

  • Ability to work remotely with possibility to transition to our D.C. office in the future 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please confirm your availability for a 9 month internship, including ideal start/end dates and 35-40 hours per week. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to follow up with all applicants. No calls please.  


Democracy Fund offers a paid internship program in an inclusive environment that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our work. For interns starting in Fall 2021, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns. Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, race, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply. 


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