Fall Internship and Volunteer Application

A semester of rewarding experience to gain grassroots organizing skills while working to turn out the youth vote this fall.

The PIRGIM Internship and Volunteer program is designed for college students who are passionate about political engagement and looking to increase their experience in political organizing and strategy. This program provides interns with opportunities to build their leadership skills, political engagement, and interest in advocacy careers. Interns and volunteers will work remotely on one of our campaigns (New Voters Project, Break Free From Plastics, End Hunger and Homelessness, and more!). Students taking part in digital learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic can still apply and be considered for the position.

Internship Program Details

Our approach requires each intern not only to develop expertise in campaign strategy, but also to become skilled in organizing and the political process. As an intern you will work side by side with campus organizers working with students in Michigan .

The Campaigns:

  • New Voters Project: Interns will work to help students register and turn out to vote through nonpartisan peer-to-peer mobilization for the midterm elections in 2022. In addition, we will work to make it easier for students to vote through policy and programmatic changes.
  • Break Free From Plastics: Interns will raise awareness and grassroots support from our campus community to leverage support for passing campus policy to eliminate single-use plastics. Interns will work to raise the voices of their peers, faculty, and media to show support for action.
  • Hunger and Homelessness: With COVID-19 continuing to put economic stress on students and others across the state, we will continue to advocate for federal policy and stipends to make ends meet as well as work to educate the campus about resources available for assistance.

Responsibilities for interns will include:

  • Organizing political support. PIRGIM interns will help to broaden the constituency for our campaign, assist in building, organizing, and managing a coalition of groups that are interested in our campaigns.
  • Devising an effective strategy to implement civic engagement plans on college campuses. Interns will work to craft effective tactics for the campus to use to increase participation on campus at all levels and set goals to win the campaigns.
  • Media outreach. PIRGIM interns work to get our issues and opinions covered by the media, through news releases, “op-eds,” online webinars, and more.
  • Attending a weekly skills workshop taught and led by PIRGIM Campus Organizers.
  • Volunteers are welcome to assist in any of these responsibilities, given the interests of the individual

Examples of potential skills workshops:

  • Working with the media –Generating media coverage on the need to transition away from fossil fuels
  • Running a meeting-From getting the right people in the “room/zoom” to facilitating a productive meeting
  • Building diverse and effective coalitions and mobilizing student leaders
  • Developing winning campaign strategies and tactics
  • Public Speaking –in forums varying from virtual classrooms to town halls and press conferences
  • Using social media to educate and mobilize

Internship Requirements:

  • 8-10 hours per week
  • A commitment to making a difference on issue based campaign work
  • Strong organizational abilities
  • The ability to engage others, whether one-on-one or in a group
  • The ability to think strategically
  • Strong writing and communication skills

Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students from any major. Previous campaign and/or advocacy experience is a plus.

By providing my contact information, I am consenting to have the Student PIRGs, and their affiliates contact me with information about this and future campaigns.