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Fall 2019: Democracy onAir - Political Content Creation Intern

Jul 20, 2019

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan and nonprofit 510c3 social enterprise chartered in Virginia, is developing and hosting the Virginia Elections & Government Hub. This pilot state Hub will be publicly launched in September and is a model for our anticipated launch of 49 other state Hubs by the summer of 2020.  The Hub is an online platform that provides a place where interested citizens can go for current information about Virginia city, county, state, and federal elections and government and have the opportunity to interact with candidates, elected officials and their staff, administrators of government agencies, and other engaged citizens. 

Content Curators are tasked with helping turn the Hub into a centralized source of information on local, state, and federal politics. Tasks could include one or more of the following:

  • Coordinating the curation of politician profiles, including their background, policy positions, and campaign finances
  • Moderate and contribute to online discussions regarding campaigns and politicians
  • Interview, video, and post interviews with candidates and politicians
  • Supporting the development of onAir chapters in colleges and universities throughout Virginia (where applicable)

 

Applicants should be recent graduates or current undergraduates seeking a degree in government, communications, media, or a related field. However, insofar as people from all backgrounds should be encouraged to participate in the political process, a demonstrated interest in politics and democracy is sufficient in the case of a different undergraduate major. University students who want to intern with Democracy onAir for academic credit can apply at the beginning of an academic period, and hours will be allocated according to the requirements of each academic program.  

Internships are mostly self-directed with regular in person or online meetings. Non-credit interns can sign up at any time and commit to a minimum of one hour per week for at least one Virginia federal, state, or local profile. We would prefer interns that can commit to at least five hours per week. Since much of the internship work is done remotely, reporting agreements will be created to measure the hours that interns dedicate to the project. Interns can continue with Democracy onAir as long as the relationship with Democracy onAir is mutually beneficial.  

Internships are unpaid; however, as the network grows, interns will have an opportunity to apply for part or full-time paid positions with Democracy onAir. 

The primary internship benefits beyond helping to reinvigorate democracy are intended to be career-enhancing:

  • Visibility in your field; potential contact with thought leaders, organizations, and potential employers
  • Skill development in political communication, media, and other position-specific opportunities such as grant-writing, video editing, and team management
  • Career opportunities with higher positions in Democracy onAir and other democracy promoting organizations
  • Flexible hours, commitments, and tasks
  • Potential for individualized projects and skill development

To learn more about the project, watch this video and go to the Virginia Elections & Governance Hub at http://va.onair.cc/ 

You can find the application here. 

If you have any questions, please direct them to:

Tim O'Shea, Democracy onAir Executive Director -  tim.oshea@onair.cc