Arizona Advocacy Network

Government of, by and for the People

Spring 2015 Progressive Civic EngagementInternship

Offered by Arizona Advocacy Network and AZAN Foundation

Students are encouraged to apply for a 3-credit Spring 2015 internship to experience and promote non-partisan, progressive civic engagement among Arizona University students and the community. Interns are paid a $1000 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 five must be fulfilled on Fridays at Arizona Advocacy Network’s office in Downtown Phoenix or at a partner organization's office in Tucson. 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.

Topics are:

  • Arizona’s Citizens’ Clean Elections Act and the documentary film PRICELE$$
  • Money-in-politics and the documentary film United States of ALEC
  • 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.

4. Build youth advocacy through our Young Advocates Student Club and involve fellow students involved in the fight for Free, Fair and Accessible Elections, Campaign Finance reform and Judicial Diversity and Fair Courts.

5. Assist office staff with event planning and in other capacities.

For additional information, and to apply, send your resume and a short cover letter to our Outreach and Development Coordinator, Jonathan Alanis, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Applications will be reviewed and phone interviews scheduled with our executive director for selected candidates 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.

Deadline to apply:

School of Politics and Global Studies (ASU)- January 2

Barrett Honors College (ASU)- January 2

School of Government and Public Policy (UA)- January 22