- Communications Intern (New York City)
- Summer 2014 Legal Internships (New York City or Boston)
- Advocacy Internship (New York City)
- Policy Analyst (New York City, Washington DC or Boston)
A large part of our work at Demos is shaping the narrative around the issues central to realizing an America where we all have an equal say and an equal chance. That’s where communications—and you—come in.
The communications intern will join an enthusiastic team working every day to promote Demos’ original research and advocacy efforts. This internship pays $11.25 an hour.
Monitor news cycle and editorial cycle for opportunities to promote Demos’ work, experts, and messaging.
Assist with the writing, editing and distribution of communications materials, including press releases and media advisories for organization’s issue and program work.
Assist with pitching stories and responding to requests from media.
Assist in maintaining HighRise, our press database; building and refining press outreach lists; monitoring staff interactions with members of the press.
Updating Demos.org daily and assisting with the editing of Demos blog PolicyShop, as well as other web-based assignments.
Compile daily round-ups of Demos media hits; monitor traditional and social media for coverage of Demos’ issue areas.
Help staff and coordinate events.
Strong writing skills
Knowledge of Demos’ issues (money in politics, financial reform, voting rights, upward mobility issues)
Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus
Working knowledge of Final Cut Pro a plus
Experience working collaboratively in Google Drive
Other duties as assigned by the Communications team including research and administrative needs.
This internship is based in our New York City offices. We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. To apply please submit your application here . (If you emailed your application already, you're in the candidate pool already and will be hearing from us soon.)
Demos is accepting applications for legal internships for the summer of 2014. We will hire up to two legal interns to work with staff in our national program of voting rights and election reform litigation, advocacy and research. The interns may work in either the Boston or New York office of Demos.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Legal research and writing;
- Policy and legislative analysis and drafting;
- Assistance with our litigation in trial and appellate courts;
- Other duties, as assigned.
Legal interns must have completed at least one year of law school. We seek highly motivated persons with a passion for our issues and a strong commitment to excellence in research, writing and analysis. Background and expertise in voting rights or electoral reform work is a strong plus but not required.
How to Apply:
Send cover letter, résumé, and writing sample reflecting your original work by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com . Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Draft advocacy and legislative support letters and other materials, including talking points and op-eds
- Research policy positions of elected officials and candidates
- Research potential allies and partner organizations at the state and federal level on our core issues
- Compile statistics from sources such as the US Census Bureau and secondary research materials
- Attend coalition meetings
- Track news coverage and events on our core issues
- Other responsibilities, as requested.
The successful candidate will excel in three areas:
- Strong, persuasive writing skills;
- Attention to detail;
- Excellent phone presentation and public speaking skills.
We are more interested in these three qualities than in any particular amount of experience. However, prior experience in a non-profit environment is a plus. Candidates must bring a strong commitment to excellence and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Applicants with journalism experience and interests are particularly encouraged to apply. The position is based in New York City.
How to Apply:
Send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
The Policy Analyst will help us broaden our research and policy efforts to promote the freedom to vote in a more seamless and inclusive voting system. The quality of our election experience – our core exercise in self-government - depends on our ability to commit to ensuring every eligible person can participate fully, without encountering discrimination or unnecessary bureaucratic red tape. Yet our system of election administration—a patchwork of rules and requirements that vary by state-- is outdated and antiquated, with far too many eligible voters encountering unnecessary barriers to registration, waiting hours to cast their vote, or having their vote rejected because of administrative errors, polling place confusion or other errors.
Demos is seeking a policy analyst who can help us examine, define and advance a set of ideas and policies that harness technology to improve election administration in a way that is broadly accessible to eligible citizens. Technological innovation holds great promise for simplifying registration and election administration, yet there are numerous challenges related to the digital divide, data system integration and privacy. The policy analyst will focus on this set of issues, in addition to providing overall research and policy support a broader set of democracy reforms.
- Write briefing papers, commentary and in-depth research reports on a range of voter registration, election administration, and public agency issues, specifically related to technology and registration systems.
- Track, evaluate, and comment upon legislative, budgetary and policy developments at the state and federal level.
- Work particularly closely with our legal team to respond to emerging needs related to litigation and ongoing monitoring of settled cases.
- Identify and cultivate productive relationships with key contacts in state agencies, and policy and advocacy organizations.
Basic Job Qualifications:
- Expertise in the field of technology and public administration; specific knowledge of the issues in election administration, social services administration, or motor vehicle department processes a plus.
- At least 2 years of policy experience (state or federal level) in government, think-tank, academic, or non-profit setting.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills, demonstrating a strong ability to persuade and to debate.
- Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
- Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint software; familiarity with statistical programs such as SPSS or STATA a plus.
The successful candidate must have the following skills and qualities:
Excellent Writing and Analytical Skills. You are an agile and versatile writer who can write with a point of view, without sacrificing intellectual rigor, and in a style accessible to a lay audience. You have strong data analysis skills and are able to identify key trends and data points from a large array of data.
Proven Understanding of Technology and Public Administration. You are familiar with how database systems are maintained or integrated; the software, hardware, and bureaucratic challenges to overcome in sharing information across databases within different state agencies; and the potential for online systems and apps to improve user experience and accuracy.
Commitment to Racial Equity and Justice: You must have an analysis about the role that racial inequality plays in our society and in movement-building, and have demonstrated commitment to fostering cross-racial and -ethnic alliances.
Comfort with Public Speaking: You will be asked to compellingly represent Dēmos in multiple forums, including some or all of the following: delivering legislative testimony, presenting on panels, facilitating convenings, appearing on radio and television, and training organizers or advocates on policy issues.
The position will be based in New York City, Washington, DC, or Boston. In addition to the skills above, candidates need to bring a strong commitment to excellence, and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000 commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 20 vacation days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.
Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
How to Apply:
Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample reflecting your original work at http://demos.hiringthing.com . Applications that do not comply with these instructions will not be considered. Include in the letter how you found out about the position. We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.