Progressive Civic Engagement/Democracy Internship Opportunity
Offered by Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation and Common Cause Education Fund
Sophomores and juniors are urged to apply for a 3-credit Fall 2012 internship to promote civic engagement among Arizona university students and the community. A team consisting of students from the state’s three universities will be selected. Interns will also earn a $500 stipend paid over the semester in two parts with pre-approved expenses reimbursed.
Applicants must be full-time students in good standing with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate leadership and organizational skills; be outgoing and promote mutual respect. Awardees will lead with hands-on civic engagement and put democracy in-action in these ways:
1. Organize and lead a monthly forum on campus designed to inform fellow students about the political process in Arizona. Topics are:
Upcoming statewide ballot measures (September) Protection of voter rights (October) Clean Elections Act (November)
Resources are prepared and our senior intern and executive director will assist interns to put together and lead well attended successful monthly forums. A one page summary of take-away lessons is to be prepared after each forum.
2. Voter education by participating in a minimum of one canvass and one phone bank in September and October.
3. Provide voter protection on November 6th as a Poll Monitor or Poll Watcher
4. Help to recruit additional Poll Monitors and Poll Watchers
5. In December, visit the state capitol, to learn about the Arizona Legislative Information System (ALIS), the on-line portal that creates opportunities for citizens to effectively communicate with legislators during committee hearings on issues facing Arizona.