About State Voices
Why We Exist
American democracy is being distorted and threatened by wealthy special interests that disproportionately impact public policy, and negate the power of individual advocacy. Deliberate obstacles are being placed on voter access, along with gerrymandered districts to thwart fair representation that accurately reflects the changing US demographics. These regressive tactics are making it increasingly difficult to engage a diverse citizenry necessary for a government of the people, by the people and for the people to flourish.
This systemic, relentless disenfranchisement mainly targets communities of color, along with young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. As a result, these populations collectively register to vote, and participate in the electoral process at lower rates when compared to the general population. Cloaked in the false rhetoric of election integrity, 24 states have passed laws making it harder for these populations to vote since 2011. Constituent cynicism is reflected in dismal approval ratings for politicians generally speaking, and the legislative branch in particular. Too many lack faith that our electoral system wants to address their community needs and interests.
What We Do
Despite this bleak outlook, State Voices is motivated to respond to this full assault on our democracy, and mount campaigns that galvanize people to act with the same fervor as the opposition. To do so, our approach to Civic Engagement will be revolutionized to meet the moment. State Voices plays a crucial role as the strategic and shared resources hub; or, the national backbone organization in this model. With a network commitment to Integrated Voter Engagement – the seamless and continuous coordination of electoral, base-building, and issue advocacy strategies – our 23 State Tables and more than 900 network partners produce more life long voters, increased capacity of community-based organizations and their leaders, and win on issues that affect impacted communities.
State Voices is presently positioned to offer support and solutions in three core areas: Capacity Building – Table infrastructure; e.g. leadership development – expanding the skill base of local leaders from impacted communities to build their power base and achieve their objectives; and, resource development; Data & Technology – upgraded design of tools and programs to meet the needs of 21st-century organizing; Strengthening Democracy – Civic Access, Civic Engagement and Civic Representation – defending and expanding voting rights; coordinating voter registration, turnout, and voter protection, and fighting for full representation through census and redistricting.
Who We Are
State Voices is a national network of permanent, nonpartisan, state-based coalitions, or Tables, working year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy. At the helm is Alexis Anderson-Reed, a rising leader in the social justice movement, whose career has been dedicated to community organizing, coalition building, public policy, and strategic planning in the context of racial equity and the politics of power and privilege.
State Voices seeks highly motivated college students or recently graduated students for a 10-week 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, learn new skills and technology, and work closely with the State Voices Strategic Partnerships and State Capacity Building departments.
Interns will assist with the following projects:
- Build out materials in the Resource Library for the State Voices network.
- Assist Strategic Partnerships department with scheduling Tools For All table meetings and work group meetings, making turn out calls and taking meeting minutes.
- Maintain internal national partner database.
- Support planning and logistics for national convenings and partner data trainings.
- Develop reports for State Voices Development, Strategic Partnerships, Policy, and State Capacity Building departments.
- Collect stories from national and state partners demonstrating the added value State Voices data and tools bring to their work.
- Support the 2019 state table planning process.
- Provide general administration support for the Strategic Partnerships and State Capacity Building Departments.
- Other projects, as assigned.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
- Demonstrated experience working in communities of color.
- Solid judgment and critical thinking skills.
- 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 is a plus.
- Strong working knowledge of MS Excel, Google Docs and PowerPoint, Dropbox, knowledge of database systems, and email clients like MailChimp is a plus.
Please send your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Strategic Partnerships and State Capacity Building Internship” in the e-mail subject line to ensure proper routing. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by March 15, 2019. No calls, please.
Compensation: This is a paid internship.
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.