Voting is an essential form of civic engagement. Be part of the movement for meaningful election reform and gain valuable experience!
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and Action STL, both nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations, have a paid Voter Engagement Internship available this summer for college students to help engage and educate St. Louis voters.
Why it matters:
Those elected to office make decisions that affect lives. Elections are a chance to stand up for what matters most and to have an impact on the issues affecting communities, families, and the future.
Interns will work to reduce inequities in voting access in historically excluded communities. Such communities have faced systemic racism and voter suppression and continue to experience increased barriers to participation. Focus communities for this opportunity include, but are not limited to, Black, Indigenous, people experiencing homelessness, people convicted of felonies, limited-English speaking (LES) communities, people with disabilities, and youth of color.
This internship strives to:
- strengthen independent-minded citizen engagement in politics;
- sharpen political analysis skills around race, class, and gender;
- educate key stakeholders within the political system about the importance of constructive compromise; and
- do so in a way that is unfiltered by the partisanship that often drives larger public dialogue.
The internship will run from June 2022 to August 2022 with minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week, with up to 20 hours a week available. Interns are paid in the range of $20-25 per hour for training and time spent during the internship. The internship will run on a hybrid schedule where interns will be required to gather virtually and in-person with Action STL and The Scholarship Foundation. The program orientation will be held in-person on June 13, 2022 and June 14, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri.
What interns will do
Interns will assist in Action STL’s outreach and education efforts to ensure voters are prepared to cast their ballots this election. Specific activities will be determined by Action STL and may include staffing events, supporting voter registration, phone banking, door knocking, curating education materials, and making presentations. Interns will also assist with The Scholarship Foundation’s advocacy efforts and gain perspective on policy issues perplexing young voters.
How to Apply
To apply for the Voter Engagement Internship, complete the application form here. Current and former students funded by the Scholarship Foundation are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 11:59pm Thursday, May 26, 2022.
Action St. Louis is a grassroots racial justice organization that seeks to build political power for Black communities in the St. Louis region. Action St. Louis builds campaigns that leverage organizing, communications, advocacy, and direct action to mitigate harm against the community while fighting for long term transformation.
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization founded in 1920, is based upon the conviction that an educated society is essential to a healthy democracy. The Scholarship Foundation provides access to postsecondary education to members of our community who otherwise would not have the financial means to fulfill their educational goals.