NY Democratic Lawyers Council does an outstanding job of election protection and advocacy for election security throughout the State, but right now, they are looking for an intern to focus primarily on Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. This could be an excellent experience leading to good contacts for anyone (undergraduate or graduate student) interested in the burgeoning fields of election law, election administration, and especially election security, during a very exciting electoral year. Here is the link, followed by the full NYDLC posting:
Democratic Voter Protection Intern – Westchester
New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) [voting rights]
The New York Democratic Lawyers Council is the nation’s longest continuously-operating Democratic Voter Protection organization. We are a coalition of lawyers and activists dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that: all eligible persons can register to vote easily, all registered voters are able to vote simply, fairly, and without intimidation, all votes are counted and all voting systems are open and reliable. NYDLC is the voter protection arm of NYS Dems and the point of coordination between New York and the DNC for voter protection operations.
We seek a motivated, passionate, and experienced organizing intern to facilitate the operations of our large volunteer membership in Westchester county. The organizing intern will:
*Phonebank to, meet with, and facilitate events for the 200 NYDLC members residing in Westchester county. Events include voter protection trainings, organizing meetings, legislative advocacy events, and fundraisers.
*Track capacity-building efforts in Westchester county to ensure that NYDLC has an adequate number of poll watchers trained for primary and general elections.
*Meet goals for number of volunteers trained, assigned, and deployed.
*Identify volunteer leaders for the county and work with them to develop and execute an effective poll-watching program for early voting and on election day for the primary and general elections.
*Assist Westchester county members with legislative advocacy projects as they arise.
*Develop positive working relationships with electeds, general election Democratic candidates, and county election personnel (Please note: NYDLC is strictly neutral in primary campaigns).
This internship is an average time commitment of 20 hours a week, with some weeks being fewer hours than that, but hours increasing ahead of early voting and election day.
The right candidate will have the following experience, capacities, and skills:
*Strong commitment to advancing voting rights.
*Some experience in community or campaign organizing, for example, on campus, or on a town or county level.
*Extremely well-organized and detail-oriented.
*Comfortable with public speaking, personable, helpful, and good at forming positive working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
*Have a healthy respect for data-driven organizing and understand the importance of updating volunteer databases with relevant information.
*Experience with Votebuilder and Nationbuilder strongly preferred.
Applicants must be willing to commit through mid-November, 2020.
This is an opportunity for the right applicant to work directly under statewide Democratic organizing staff. You will gain solid campaign, electoral, and legislative advocacy experience that will help you to stand out as a candidate for political campaign hiring authorities in the future.
This internship is unpaid, however expenses including mileage and gas are compensated.
Please respond to this posting with resume and a brief statement of interest. Place “Westchester Intern” in the subject line.
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