League of Women Voters

What Is the League of Women Voters?

• The League of Women Voters is a multi-issue organization whose mission is to encourage the active participation of citizens in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
• Their name derives from the proud legacy of the women’s suffrage movement. Today, more than 78 years after its founding in 1920, the League remains the premiere grassroots citizen organization, representing women and men in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
• The National League of Women Voters was founded by a bequest in 1917. A dedicated suffragist supporter left her entire estate–a sum of $900,000–in the capable hands of fellow suffragist and League founder, Carrie Chapman Catt, for the express purpose of securing the vote for women.

What Does the League Do?

• Empowers American citizens to have a voice in government; bring about constructive change; and builds grassroots citizen action.
• Registers thousands to vote…defends voting rights… opens government to citizens… protects our environment…takes action for privacy in reproductive choice… supports violence prevention…and trains tomorrow’s civic leaders.

Intern Information:

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey internship program is designed to provide college students with valuable experience working for a nonprofit. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is a unique nonprofit because it is a nonpartisan political organization which works to both educate voters and advocate for certain policy issues. In addition, this particular internship offers an exciting opportunity to prepare for the gubernatorial election.

This internship is ideal for a variety of candidates who are interested in politics, nonprofit work, and activism. Interns will gain diverse experience in communications, marketing, fundraising, research, outreach and activism. Above all the League of Women Voters of New Jersey internship program is designed as a learning experience to shape future leaders.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Desire to learn, ability to follow through on assignments, and ability to work independently

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on individual, corporate and foundation prospects and assist with drafting and editing of grant proposals
  • Assist in writing and editing educational and policy publications
  • Assisting with drafting newsletters, press releases, and other printed and electronic communications material
  • Researching potential press contacts and maintaining a database of relevant news coverage
  • Assisting with strategic planning to expand membership and increase donations
  • Attending events and assisting with event planning and implementation
  • Assist with drafting and editing of grant proposals and other donor correspondence
  • Mailings, database upkeep, answering phones (including the VOTEline which provides voting information to the public), and other daily office tasks

The League of Women Voters NJ has internships available in the following areas: general office and non-profit, development, public relations, website, voting and the political process and election issues and voter services. For more information, please visit their website or the contact information below.

Application Information:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Jessica Burns, Director of
Communications and Projects at jburns@lwvnj.org or by mail to 204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. This internship is unpaid.

Contact: Pat Thompson
League of Women Voters
204 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Email: contact@lwvnj.org

Website: http://www.lwvnj.org/