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State Voices Seeks ADP/TDC Students for Paid Internship

State Voices

State Voices is a nonpartisan national network that focuses on empowering grassroots organizations within states.  They are currently seeking students or recent graduates for a paid internship here, in their D.C. office. Internships run for 10-week periods. If you’re interested, apply by August 29, 2014.  Please see the below message from State Voices for more information:

Internship – Washington, D.C. 
State Capacity Building and Data Intern

About State Voices

State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win shared policy and civic engagement victories and build long-term power. Our work is nonpartisan. We believe that America is stronger when all people have a voice in our democracy. Our dream is for 100% of eligible voters to go to the polls on Election Day.

Our network is comprised of 22 state tables. Those state tables are made up of grassroots organizations that come together to mobilize underrepresented voters (such as people of color and young voters), educate citizens on the issues that impact them, and pass policies that improve their states and communities. Since 2008, our network has been a part of unprecedented voter engagement and policy victories. They’ve worked to increase voter turnout, combat voter suppression efforts, and advocate for policies that are good for low-income families, the LGBT community, the environment and more.

State Voices provides the organizations in our network with the tools and support they need to carry out this critical work. By providing them with cutting-edge tools and technology, expertise on issue and policy fights, critical resources and funds, and the support to build their capacity, we work to strengthen their work. For more information about State Voices, please visit

Position Overview:

State Voices seeks highly motivated college or recently graduated students for a 10-week long internship. Interns will work with and report to staff in State Voices’ Washington DC office, focusing on a variety of projects that support the organization’s programs. Through this work, interns will gain a better understanding of the national civic engagement landscape including management of civic engagement programs, the role of data and analytics in a campaign, using experiments to run better campaigns, and using campaign management technology. The intern will work closely with the State Voices state capacity building and data teams.


Intern will also assist with the following tasks on an as needed basis:

  • Analyze election data and produce reports needed to track and support voter registration and civic engagement campaigns.
  • Assist with a national training program for State Voices data use.
  • Track voter registration experiments across the country.
  • Manage resources for our national network including documents for best practices.
  • Assist with meeting planning and logistics.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Solid judgment and critical thinking skills
  • Have a desire to learn about data management
  • Be a self-starter and attentive to detail
  • Be a team player and possess the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • A good sense of humor a plus
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Excel and PowerPoint, knowledge of Prezi is a plus

Compensation:  This is a paid internship.

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to: by August 29, 2014. No calls please.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at State Voices, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.


Student Spotlight: CSU Fresno’s Elizabeth Olenchalk

California State University, Fresno junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of her commitment to community service and civic leadership.

Elizabeth is a Liberal Studies major and her minor in Urban Civic Education was developed as part of AASCU’s five-campus, Learn and Serve America grant-funded program to develop civic minors in urban education (learn more here). Olenchalk hopes to become “a change agent who addresses community issues.” Read more.

Fourth Annual American Democracy Project Poster Exhibition

By guest blogger Karrie Simpson Voth, Professor, Fort Hays State University

The poster, as a medium, has not only managed to sustain its existence, but has also continued to thrive as a significant art form as well as a powerful tool of communication. That fact is surprising given the fast-paced and ever-changing technological society in which we live. Not only is it the truest form of graphic communication, but the poster is also an effective tool of persuasion, a great force for change and a mighty political weapon, as we have seen in examples of war posters from as early as WWI. The design styles of the posters my students created were based upon historical design styles that I covered during class lectures, and the application of many of these styles were created in a time when graphic design was used to encourage people to vote, volunteer to support a cause, join the armed forces, or even protest or support war.

The goal of the joined efforts between my History of Graphic Design course and the FHSU chapter of the ADP is to reach out to the ever-growing segment of the FHSU student population in order to create awareness in civic engagement efforts, citizenship, and democracy through a poster exhibition. I created six goals for the students to be aware of while creating their posters.

  1. To explore the relationship between graphic design and its audience.
  2. To recognize and distinguish between stylistic periods of graphic design and study the social and economic impact of design activities during each period.
  3. Engage in class discussions of the topics of democracy, citizenship, and civic engagement in order to promote a better understanding of the stated topics and how each relates to graphic design.
  4. To promote political awareness through graphic design and realize the power a designer has to influence others in their design.
  5. To influence, persuade, make an impact, and/or change the way an individual and/or community thinks about civic engagement, citizenship, and democracy.
  6. Be an example to the youth of today by illustrating the importance of voting and of being proactive in the issues that concern our country and world. This year, seventy posters were on display in the Fort Hays State University Memorial Union. For one week, students, faculty, staff, and the Hays community were encouraged to vote for their top three favorite posters.

The posters the students created not only impacted those who viewed them, but they also impacted the students who designed them. During the research and design process, the students were greatly educated on the issues of democracy, civic engagement, citizenship, and other issues that plague our country and world, such as study of the Seven Revolutions. As a result, the students became actively engaged in conversations with one another about their own political views and involvement or lack thereof. It was an amazing process to witness and an experience from which the students and the FHSU community as a whole learned so much.

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