Spring 2014 Progressive Civic Engagement Internship
Offered by Arizona Advocacy Network and AZAN Foundation
Students are encouraged to apply for a 3-credit Spring 2014 internship to experience and promote non-partisan, progressive civic engagement among Arizona College students and the community. Interns are paid a $500 stipend based on successful completion of outlined objectives. Pre-approved expenses are reimbursed.
The internship is conducted in Phoenix, Arizona. Applicants must be in good standing with university standards and be able to work with supervision from staff based in Phoenix. The successful applicant must commit, on average, ten hours per week, of which two to three must be fulfilled on Fridays at Arizona Advocacy Network’s office in Downtown Phoenix. Students must demonstrate initiative, leadership, communication and organizational skills; be outgoing, able to work with other organizational leaders and promote mutual respect. Interns will lead hands-on civic engagement, putting democracy in action by achieving these objectives:
1. Organize and lead a monthly forum on campus to inform fellow students about the political process in Arizona. A successful forum has attendance of at least 10 fellow students, is co-hosted by partnering student organizations and provides an accurate presentation of the topic. Guest speakers are permitted but must be approved by AZANF staff.
- Arizona’s Citizens’ Clean Elections Act and the documentary filmPRICELE$$(January)
- Money-in-politics and the documentary filmUnited States of ALEC(February)
- Voting Rights and Responsibilities with a workshop for conducting voter registration (April)
AZANF staff will advise on each forum and provide training, material and resources for interns to promote and conduct the forums.
2. Voter Registration by conducting voter registration each week on campus with our partner organizations and recruiting fellow student activists. Intern is to meet or exceed weekly goals and develop a semester-long voter-education plan.
3. Effectively interact with state officials on Democracy issues facing Arizona; learn about and use the Arizona Legislative Information System (ALIS), the on-line portal that creates opportunities for citizens to effectively communicate with legislators.
Applications are being accepted now. Phone interviews will be scheduled with our executive director for selected candidates beginning the week of January 6. All selected interns will be required to attend an orientation in January. The date and location will be coordinated after the selection process is completed.