HIRING: College Organizing Internship

Start Date: ASAP


The 2022 College Internship will work with student leaders at Chicago State University, Malcolm X College, and Truman College to get out the vote in the Illinois Primary Elections. They will work directly with Chicago Votes staff and volunteers to execute the Chicago Votes Reimagining Democracy program.

Role & Responsibilities

The 2022 College Interns will host think tank sessions on campus, register voters, and coordinate community-based Party at the Polls® to increase youth civic participation in the 2022 Primary Elections. This will include:

Gen Z Think Tank

  • Host one Think Tank on campus to engage students and organizations on how to best prepare for the elections.

Voter Registration & Pledge to Vote

  • Engage in voter registration activities on campus.
  • Host voter education and volunteer events on campus. Party at the Polls®
  • Work with community organizations to plan a Party at the Polls at local, early voting locations in target communities across the city.

Voter Guide Support

  • Voter guide research and development.
  • Voter guide distribution. Chicago Votes Support
  • Support the organization in other volunteer and event based programming.

Occasional travel in Chicago will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position.

Knowledge | Skills

  • Organizers who have great leadership skills and are excited to learn about the cutting edge new organizing methods. Some other things we’re looking for:
  • Proven and highly effective organizational and written/oral communication skills.
  • Setting and meeting goals.
  • A self-starter that can show strong initiative and work independently.
  • Strong affinity for networking and building strategic relationships.
  • Ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities.
  • Some experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns.
  • Committed to the idea and practice of leadership development.
  • Strong ability to motivate volunteers and partners.
  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power.

Position Requirements…

Must commit to working 10 hours a week.

Must have a commitment to building the leadership capacity of Black & Brown youth.

Must have a commitment to learning and being in a community with a diverse staff from various racial & ethnic, gender, sexual, economic, and immigration status backgrounds.

Must be punctual.

Must be a good and clear communicator.

Must be willing to attend in-person events and meetings with safety protocols in place.

Must have reliable communication and transportation.

Strongly urge that students affiliated with Chicago State University, Malcolm X College, and Truman College apply.

Relevant Software & Tools

  • NGP VAN (our donor database and primary tool for emailing our base)
  • Google Apps/Drive
  • Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
  • Canva
  • Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite


Timeline & Benefits:

  • Applications Due: Rolling Application
  • Program Length: Until July 8, 2022
  • Time commitment: 10 hours/week
  • Compensation: $22/hour
  • Part time, non exempt To Apply Please submit an application here. The application requires a resume and cover letter (written, audio, or video). Please direct any questions about the position to Rita at rita@chicagovotes.com Please direct any questions about the hiring process or application to Josh at josh@chicagovotes.com.

Chicago Votes supports and fosters leadership from underrepresented communities. We strongly urge formerly incarcerated people, womyn, LGBTQIA, people of color, and folx from immigrant communities to apply.