Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Jobs at the Democracy Fund

Are you passionate about making our democracy work better? Do you want to be a part of creative philanthropy working to ensure the American people come first in our political system? We’re looking for diverse voices and expertise from across the political spectrum to join our team.

The Democracy Fund works on things that make democracy work better. Created out of a deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values, we invest in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media to help people understand and participate in the democratic process.

For all regular full-time positions, the Democracy Fund offers:

  • A competitive base salary and performance incentive pay
  • A retirement savings plan, including an employer contribution as well as an employer match
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical, dental, and vision (also covering domestic partners), life and accidental death, and disability
  • Support for professional development and growth
  • A collaborative and inclusive work environment

Current Full-Time Openings:

Grants Associate

Senior Program Associate, Elections

Team Coordinator, Public Square Program

Communications Director

Associate Director, Public Square

Elections Program Research Fellow

Internships:

Communications & Network Internship

Elections Program Internship

Governance Program Internship

Public Square Program Internship

Strategy, Impact and Learning Internship

The Democracy Fund offers a paid internship program in an inclusive environment that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our work. The pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns.

The Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

Grants Associate

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Democracy Fund is seeking an enthusiastic and highly organized Grants Associate to support the Fund’s investment processes and manage the Fund’s online grants management system. As Democracy Fund continues to grow, we are looking for a tech-savvy team player to provide a seamless grants management experience to staff and grantees, help scale grantmaking operations, and analyze grantmaking data to help the Fund learn and make better informed decisions. The Grants Associate will coordinate and administer our overall grants process, and collaborate with staff across the organization to improve its effectiveness and efficiency. Every grant the Democracy Fund awards goes through the Grants Associate – and thus they are a central part of helping to make our democracy work better every day. The ideal candidate will have experience in philanthropy and working in Fluxx, and enjoys reviewing due diligence and structuring grants, administering data systems, and developing data visualizations and dashboards. The Associate will join a growing Operations team, playing a critical role in developing systems and processes that help staff and grantee partners thrive. The Associate will report to the Director of Grants Management.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but not limited to:

Grant Making Systems, Processes & Data

  • Supporting the Fund’s Program teams, internal grant committees, and Strategy Council by monitoring the pipeline of grant opportunities, compiling materials for and monitoring follow up from grant review meetings, and managing the committees’ schedules
  • Reviewing grant application materials and coaching program staff on improvements related to grant structure, compliance, and risk management
  • Managing Fluxx, the Fund’s grants management software, including maintaining integrity of data, serving as the first point of contact for staff and grantees who need support on using the system, managing upgrades, and managing data reporting from the system
  • Partnering with the Director to create and maintain documentation of all grant processes and policies
  • Conducting and documenting initial legal due diligence for all grants and sponsorships and monitor legal issues throughout process in partnership with the Senior Counsel and Director
  • Assisting with preparation and disbursement of grant and sponsorship agreements and amendments
  • Coordinating with program staff to manage electronic files related to all aspects of the grants cycle, and maintaining hard copy files of key grants-related documents

Grant Making Learning and Analysis

  • Partnering with the program and internal learning teams to maintain a system for collecting, tracking, and utilizing grantee reports, and creating opportunities to learn from investment decisions
  • Compiling and analyzing grant and portfolio data that can be used for internal portfolio reviews, board meetings, and the Fund’s annual tax return and audit
  • Supporting the development of training materials and logistics of workshops on grant making and philanthropy topics, and supporting orientations on grants for all new staff
  • Keeping informed of the best practices in the grants management field, sharing findings with the broader team, and recommending improvements to the grants management process

Team Member

  • Actively working to support other members of the Democracy Fund team and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative and supportive
  • Completing other special grantmaking projects and duties, as requested by Director
  • Collaborating internally to advance Democracy Fund strategy and mission
  • Representing the Democracy Fund in a manner that is consistent with our mission
  • In addition to the responsibilities above, the Grants Management Associate will also support the processing of grants for Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for strengthening American democracy
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience with knowledge of investing or grantmaking from philanthropy, nonprofit foundation relations, or private investment; knowledge of private foundation legal issues desired
  • Exceptional customer service, problem-solving, project management, and analytical skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and a meticulous attention to detail
  • Familiarity and comfort with grants management databases, including making fixes and upgrades as a systems administrator (knowledge of Fluxx strongly desired)
  • High level of computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Excel; quick learner with new software systems
  • Strong data analysis skills with experience in data visualization and providing staff with data reports
  • Commitment to learn and grow in a workplace that values diversity of multiple dimensions
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels to execute duties, and proven talent in ensuring positive, proactive, responsive relationships within and across departments for compliance, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and support multiple grantmaking functions simultaneously while exhibiting excellent time-management skills; ability to meet deadlines
  • Professional maturity, ability to exercise discretion, and good judgment
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage ambiguity in a growing organization, while helping the organization build and maintain structures for consistency
  • Bachelor’s degree required (or equivalent experience)
  • Position is based in Washington, DC.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Senior Program Associate, Elections

POSITION SUMMARY:

Last Fall, the Democracy Fund added a new strategy to its Elections Program that addresses the public’s Trust in Elections. We are now seeking a Senior Program Associate to lead this line of work, aimed at improving the security of elections and reducing gamesmanship around laws of political power. This new position involves grant making and other efforts to bolster the public’s trust in elections, address security threats to election technology, promote policies and practices to secure elections, and reduce efforts to change election law based on hyperpartisanship. Such efforts may involve policy work, advocacy, coalition and relationship building, thought leadership, and innovative approaches to reduce real or perceived threats to American elections. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about making our democracy work better. Strong candidates will possess a nuanced understanding of how elections work and bring several years of experience working on cybersecurity policy and/or advocacy. The successful candidate will have a track record of working well with others to get things done in a complex, fast-paced environment and will thrive as part of a small, highly collaborative team. As we are a bipartisan organization, the willingness and ability to work well across the aisle is essential.

The Senior Program Associate will be a thought leader in the field and help responsibly translate the importance and sense of urgency this threat poses to our democracy to policy leaders, election officials, and the public. We are looking for someone who is able to discuss technical issues with cybersecurity experts in one moment and translate these issues for a room of election officials in the next. If you are energized about connecting the dots between cybersecurity and elections, this role presents a unique opportunity to blend philanthropy, thought leadership, policy development, and promotion of research to respond to the one of the most challenging emerging policy issues.

The Senior Program Associate will report to the Associate Director for Elections.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leadership, Policy Advocacy and Grant Making

  • Help to identify and develop policies to improve the security of and confidence in elections and promote their adoption through research, advocacy, speaking, and writing
  • Lead and manage grant making and strategic opportunities for the our new Trust in Elections strategy
  • Provide support to and oversight of grantees to help ensure their success, with a particular focus on relationship-building and trust as essential components to expanding our partnerships in the field
  • Monitor trends, develop and promote research and best practices in the cybersecurity and elections field to inform the work, and work with election administrators to adapt this information for their use
  • Support efforts to build coalitions to identify and overcome challenges to policy adoption and improve ideas
  • Coordinate issue campaigns and direct lobbying when needed to support and defend policy goals through our affiliated 501c4, Democracy Fund Voice
  • Manage the operational procedures and documentation associated with making grants, including proposal materials, organizational documentation, grant agreements, record keeping, and reporting requirements

Strategy, Learning and Networks

  • Support the development and evolution of the Election Program strategy through research, study, experimentation, and evaluation
  • Promote effective communications around goals, priorities, and grantee efforts, particularly as it relates to confidence in elections
  • Facilitate increased dialogue and collaboration in the field by convening grantees, cybersecurity experts, election officials, academics, leaders, and others. Manage relationships and develop convenings and events as appropriate
  • Build relationships with program officers at other foundations, participate in philanthropic conferences, organize regular funder conversations, and otherwise support collaboration with peer funders
  • Disseminate learnings and establish the Democracy Fund brand through research, writing, and public speaking

Team Member

  • Actively work to support the success of other staff members, not only within the Elections Program but the entire Democracy Fund team, and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive
  • Collaborate with colleagues on supportive and complementary approaches that advance Democracy Fund’s overall mission and goals

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • BA required, higher level degree strongly preferred
  • At least 5-7 years of experience working in cybersecurity, elections, or another area of relevant public administration
  • Strong relationships with organizational leaders and experts in the cybersecurity field
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written), including the willingness and ability to communicate and collaborate with a diversity of leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and different walks of life
  • Professional maturity, demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment
  • Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Skilled in pro-actively handling multiple assignments simultaneously and prioritizing tasks and deadlines with an attention to detail to deliver high quality results
  • Strong strategic and systems thinking skills and proven ability to translate strategy into action
  • Proven ability to work in a bipartisan environment with political stakeholders
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to travel periodically for project work
  • Position is based in the Washington, D.C. area

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Team Coordinator, Public Square Program

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Team Executive Coordinator provides high-level administrative and project support to Democracy Fund’s Public Square team. Serving as point of contact for external constituencies, candidate will coordinate meetings and events for the entire team, and oversees process improvements to enhance their productivity. This role provides the hub for all work happening across the program and how people connect to and collaborate with it. This role reports to the Managing Director, Public Square. We are looking for someone who loves working in a fast-paced, mission-driven, entrepreneurial environment, and brings a keen attention to detail. Successful candidate is a resourceful, highly collaborative team player who, possesses strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and who excels at managing a realistic balance among multiple priorities. Able to work independently on projects from conception to completion, the ideal candidate will enjoy meeting deadlines, making processes run smoothly, and enhancing internal communications.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Coordinator’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

High-Level Administrative Executive Support

  • For Managing Director: manage appointments, draft and edit correspondence, manage and support meeting and event planning, plan and organize travel, complete expense reports, and work with IT staff to support technology needs
  • For team: manage team appointments, team meetings, and the flow of information
  • For team meetings: assure proper preparation, including working with staff to ensure compilation of relevant background information and coordinate follow-up communications
  • Problem-solver who can prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response to inquires and needs to ensure timely and apprioate response
  • Have a hands-on approach; handle matters proactively by following up and following through, and prioritizing conflicting issues in a logical and sensible manner

Relationship Management

  • Track, manage, and follow up on existing and incoming external contacts with professionalism and discretion, cultivating ongoing relationships as needed
  • Collaborate and work seamlessly across Democary Fund and with executive assistants across The Omidyar Group (of which Democracy Fund is a part)
  • Cultivate trust in working with diverse external contacts and internal staff by acting with integrity and professionalism, grace, and credibility while maintaining discretion and confidentiality in all working relationships

Team Player

  • Fortify team engagement and interaction through expert calendar administration
  • Support management of contracts, invoices, sponsorships, and grants that come from the Public Square team
  • Coordinate meetings, events, and provided other support as needed of the Public Square team
  • Actively work to support the success of other members of the entire Democracy Fund team and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • 3-5 years of experience supporting a high performing team or senior level executive management, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Demonstrated expertise in scheduling a plus.
  • Excellent organization and follow through that reflect well-honed skills to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly, with excellent attention to detail
  • Superb interpersonal skills and proven ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, and external partners who bring a diversity of perspectives and lived experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated pro-active approaches to problem-solving and exercising excellent judgment in difficult situations with proven ability to decipher what is important and what can wait and to make solid decisions in support of the organization’s executives
  • Resourceful team player who works well independently
  • Trusted professional with proven experience to handle confidential information with discretion, adaptable to various competing demands, and naturally seeks the highest level of customer service and response
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines and is motivated by them
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and adaptable in working in a dynamic entrepreneurial environment
  • High comfort with Microsoft Office and proficiency preferred in working with Adobe Acrobat, and Salesforce web platforms
  • Associate/Bachelors degree or relevant experience
  • Comfort working in a bipartisan political environment
  • The position is based in ­­­­­Washington, DC.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Communications Director

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Communications Director will be a member of Democracy Fund’s senior leadership and a key partner to the Managing Director of Communications & Network in expanding Democracy Fund’s platforms for influence and in deepening the Fund’s brand and positioning. Democracy Fund is seeking a dynamic Director of Communications to grow and lead a matrixed internal team and manage a growing network of external partnerships. You will be responsible for the development, management, and execution of a high-impact programmatic communications strategy that serves our programs and sister c4, Democracy Fund Voice. Reporting to the Managing Director for Communications & Network, the Communications Director will work collaboratively with senior leadership and program teams to create and implement communications and advocacy strategies that broaden the influence and impact of Democracy Fund, its programs, and its grantee partners. The Director of Communications will have a special focus on developing strategies and sharing learnings across Democracy Fund’s core tracks, including Effective Governance, Modern Elections, a Vibrant Public Square, and Special Projects.

The winning candidate will have direct experience successfully leading the development and management of impactful communications messages and strategies in a multi-issue organization. S/he will have a proven track record of leading a team that earns premier national coverage, understands state and regional environments, and purposefully deploys digital media, paid media, and events. S/he must have demonstrable expertise in: partnering with program staff to develop communications goals; prioritizing resources toward high-impact opportunities; and effectively serving the needs of multiple audiences across multiple channels.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Communications Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Communications Strategy

  • Collaborate with program leadership and staff to develop communications strategies that broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact, while also deepening understanding of Democracy Fund’s brand
  • Directly lead the development of core programmatic messages and communications priorities in partnership with program teams, communications staff, and firms. Manage sequencing of messages and activities across the organization
  • Work closely with the Managing Director for Communications and Network on the refinement and expansion of Democracy Fund’s brand and organizational platforms
  • Identify significant media and public policy debates that can be leveraged to support Democracy Fund’s work, and then work with the Communications team to create and implement responsive plans
  • Support the development and implementation of an organizational communications measurement framework
  • Collaborate with the President; the Managing Director for Communications and Network; the Strategy, Impact, and Learning team; and the emerging Philanthropic Partnership team to meet their audiences’ needs
  • Serve on the Democracy Fund’s Strategy Council and advise on reputational opportunities and risks of new grantee partnerships
  • Support the proactive cultivation and management of press relationships to ensure coverage of Democracy Fund’s programmatic and organizational goals
  • Act as ambassador for Democracy Fund, supporting the development of media relationships for the organization and for the programs

Communications Operations

  • Oversee and develop a matrixed team of 5 communications staff, augmented by firm relationships, that is responsible for high-impact organizational communications channels and has matrixed responsibilities to individual programs
  • With the Communications Team, implement a strategic communications framework to help programs develop clear communications goals and to align resources in service of those goals
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function across Democracy Fund, including budget development and management and rapid response effortsIntegrate execution of Presidential, organizational, and programmatic projects into the organizational calendar and workflows
  • Serve as managing editor for the organization’s public-facing calendar, statements, content, channels, publications, and responses to inquiries
  • Maintain and cultivate effective PR, polling/research, and digital firm relationships in service of the organization’s goals

Team Leader and Member

  • Promote a team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and quality
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis, including but not limited to establishing and monitoring staff performance and development goals
  • Actively work to support the success of the entire Democracy Fund team through the development of shared goals and setting priorities
  • Cultivate­­ an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and transparent

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • At least 12+ years of communications experience that includes increasing leadership responsibilities and a blend of strategy, message development, and media relations, ideally in a multi-issue organization
  • Proven experience developing effective multi-channel strategies in a highly-collaborative internal environment and highly competitive communications environment
  • Seasoned manager with strong record of building and maintaining trust, building teams, and managing across difference
  • Graduate degree in policy, communications, or similar field is preferred but not required
  • Experience in philanthropic communications a plus
  • Ability to coach and support senior leaders as spokespersons
  • Storyteller/Coach who educates the organization and public about DF’s mission and overall work
  • Excellent judgment, grace under pressure, and professional maturity paired with creativity and innovative approach
  • Comfort with designing and implementing public opinion polling
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Comfort working in a bipartisan political environment
  • The position is based in ­­­­­Washington, DC.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Associate Director, Public Square

Earlier this year, the Democracy Fund announced more than $10 million in commitments in support of press freedom and hard-hitting, nonprofit journalism. We are now seeking an Associate Director to join our team to help us build out new initiatives to support a strong and robust fourth estate. The Associate Director, who will report to the Director of the Democracy Fund’s Public Square team, will be expected to quickly engage with the field to lead the team’s work related to issues around the role of misinformation and the loss of trust in our public square. This work will be a critical new component of our work that builds on parallel tracks related to journalism and engagement, sustainability of local news, and press freedom. The person will manage a growing portfolio of grants and work directly with grantees and leaders within journalism, media, and with technology companies. In parallel, the Associate Director will work with others on the Public Square team to develop and execute a long-term strategy, manage a range of projects, and build strong coalitions and partnership with other foundations.

Democracy Fund is committed to working on systems level changes to address complex problems facing our democracy. Grant making is just one tool we use to support the change we want to see. We are looking for candidates who can bring a range of experiences and expertise to bear on the challenges our media and democracy face. Candidates must be comfortable working in a small, highly collaborative team within a fast-paced, start-up environment.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

ADVOCACY, ENGAGEMENT AND GRANT MAKING

  • Work with the field to respond to critical threats and opportunities facing journalism in America today
  • Develop partnerships with organizations and foundations that can bring new support into the field to support a robust fourth estate, expand trust and combat misinformation.
  • Project management of large scale efforts, events, and programs.
  • Supervision of staff and collaboration with teams across the Democracy FundSupport existing and new grantees to help them to be as effective as possible.
  • Promote collaboration with teams across the Democracy Fund
  • Identify, shape, and prepare for consideration of potential grants related trust and truth in the public square as well as press freedom.
  • Monitor, engage, and capture learnings from grantees as they execute their grants

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

  • Contribute insight to the strategy setting process based on knowledge of the field
  • Engage with key stakeholders within the organization and across the field of news and civic information and those concerned with misinformation in the public square and press freedom

EXPERIMENTATION

  • Work with the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact, and Learning team to develop a sound approach to help us iterate, experiment, learn, and refine our approach
  • Play a leadership role in the development and maintenance of short- and long-term indicators to measure the organization’s progress against its goals, and share progress with key internal and external audiences
  • Monitor trends, research, and new publications to inform our strategy
  • Disseminate learnings and cultivate field building through writing, public speaking, convening, and relationship building

TEAM LEADER AND MEMBER

  • Collaborate with the larger Public Square team to support activities aimed at combatting misinformation, increasing trust in journalism, press freedom, and strengthening local journalism
  • Actively work to support the success of other members of the entire Democracy Fund team and cultivate an organizational culture that is highly collaborative, positive, and productive
  • Work closely with Democracy Fund colleagues on complementary approaches.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

  • Passion for strengthening American democracy
  • BA required, higher level degree strongly preferred
  • More than 7 years of experience working in roles that engaged questions related to news, technology, and civic information
  • Nuanced understanding of the role of technology companies and platforms in how people are informed and engaged
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and rigorous attention to detail required
  • Professional maturity, high sense of personal responsibility and integrity, proven ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Proven ability to work in a bipartisan environment and with stakeholders from across the political spectrum
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills and highly developed emotional intelligenceSuccessful in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from all walks of life.
  • Must be comfortable with ambiguity and working in a changing and fast paced environment
  • Collaborative, thoughtful and trustworthy by nature, especially when approaching work and planning
  • Position is based in the Washington, D.C. area.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Elections Program Research Fellow

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Elections Program focuses on election administration and money in politics by supporting unbiased research, bipartisan dialogue, and sustainable solutions that will ensure the views and votes of the American public come first in our democracy. We are looking for candidates who are currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program, available part-time (35-40 hours/week), and can support the quantitative and qualitative research needs of the Elections Program team. A successful candidate has the ability to work professionally with policy experts and academics on questions fundamental to our program, has a high interest in making meaningful contributions to elections and voting research, and demonstrates a willingness to participate as a member of the Democracy Fund team. This role reports to the Elections Program’s Senior Research and Learning Associate.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the guidance of the Senior Research and Learning Associate, provide research support to the Elections Program team, which may include and is not limited to statistical analyses and qualitative data gathering
  • Work professionally and build relationships with outside research collaborators, academics, policy experts, and peer funders
  • Draft blog posts or reports for the Elections team
  • Stay up-to-date with relevant elections and voting research, including research generated by our grantees
  • Actively engage with all staff at the Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member
  • Support grant making and other tasks as requested

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • All candidates must demonstrate the ability to use statistical software and to analyze a statistical output using programs like SPSS, STATA, or equivalent
  • Superior written and oral communication skills required
  • Ability to work at least 35 hours per week for at least 6 months, with the possibility of an extension to 1 year
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives
  • Individuals pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD in public policy, public administration, political science, or related field preferred
  • Candidates with demonstrated research experience in election administration, election law and policy, voting rights, or campaign finance preferred but not required
  • Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please. Applications must include (submit with cover letter and resume):
  1. a statement of interest in working for the Elections Program at the Democracy Fund
  2. relevant coursework in statistics, computer programming, and/or research design
  3. an example of SPSS, Stata, or similar programs run and the associated output
  4. a one-page writing sample summarizing the results contained in a set of cross tabs, a graph, and a regression output
  5. your availability, including preferred start and end dates
  6. Please note that we will not read peer-reviewed journal submissions or other published writings submitted in lieu of items 3 and 4.

Communications & Network Internship

POSITION SUMMARY:

We are looking for a smart, creative, and enthusiastic full-time intern to work side-by-side with our Communications & Network team to support the organization’s outreach, network, and branding strategies and to enhance the influence of our grantees and program-related efforts among target audiences during the Fall 2018 term. Interns are an integral part of our team, and are offered an opportunity work on a variety of tasks that are critical to our communications strategy.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in brainstorming and strategizing sessions for communication and network products
  • Monitor, log, and analyze trends in organizational and grantee press coverage; build press lists and manage press database of national and state reporters
  • Collaborate with planning team for events, including researching initial hotels and venues for upcoming events and conferences; communicating with participants and invitees, quality checking event materials before distribution, and supporting other event work as needed
  • Research, fact check, and collect data for various materials and presentations
  • Maintain the organizational CRM database, including adding new subscribers and tracking event attendees.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support the Communications & Network’s administrative needs, including scheduling meetings, product production, and other projects
  • Write and distribute weekly update for the organization including status of ongoing projects and highlighting upcoming events

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Candidates must be a college graduate or graduate student with an interest in and knowledge of the intersection of public policy, national politics, and journalism/media
  • Enthusiastic, thirsty to learn, proactive, willing to try new things, and eager for feedback
  • Proficient proofreader, exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational, project planning, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with others in a collaborative, team environment
  • Professional in verbal and written communications, able to exercise good judgment
  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum
  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (less than 1000 words). No calls please.

Elections Program Internship

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum to support the Elections Program for the Fall 2018 term. The Elections Program focuses on the administration of elections, modern registration, and trust in elections by supporting unbiased research, bipartisan dialogue, and unconventional solutions that will ensure the views and votes of the American public come first in our democracy. We’re looking for candidates with an interest in either election administration, registration modernization, or trust in elections. A successful candidate believes the election system must provide the public with confidence that their voices can be heard and that they have the ability to hold their leaders accountable for their actions.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support efforts by the Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning
  • Provide logistical support during meetings with reform leaders, political figures, and academic authorities—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to the Democracy Fund office.
  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
  • Actively engage with all staff at the Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to policy discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today.
  • Assist in evaluating grantmaking opportunities and with the preparation of internal memoranda and other materials that are part of the grantmaking process.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracyWillingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives
  • Ability to work full-time during the summer
  • Experience in the field or enrollment in an accredited university program; individuals pursuing a Master’s or higher degree preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skillsProfessional demeanorSuccess in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details

Position is based in Washington, DC.​ Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Governance Program Internship

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum to support the Governance Program for the Fall 2018 term.

The Governance Program focuses on principled leadership and effective governance by supporting approaches that help our elected leaders deliberate, negotiate, and serve the American people. Our team is looking for candidates who have a strong understanding about how Congress and other governing institutions function and are passionate about ensuring those institutions work effectively in the face of increasing polarization.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support efforts by the Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning.
  • Provide logistical support during meetings with reform leaders, political figures, and academic authorities—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to the Democracy Fund office.
  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
  • Actively engage with all staff at the Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to policy discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today.
  • Assist in evaluating grantmaking opportunities and with the preparation of internal memoranda and other materials that are part of the grantmaking process.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • A strong understanding about how Congress and other governing institutions function
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with a diversity of leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and different walks of life
  • Ability to work at least 4 days per week (32 hours minimum; full time preferred)
  • Experience in the field or enrollment in an accredited university program; individuals pursuing a Master’s or higher degree preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details

Position is based in Washington, DC.​​ Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Public Square Program Internship

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum to support the Public Square Program for the Fall 2018 term.The Public Square Program focuses on vibrant media and citizen engagement by supporting innovations and institutions that help people better understand and participate in the democratic process. We’re looking for candidates with experience in journalism, communications, and/or civic innovation who are passionate about the future of journalism and making our political system more effective. A successful candidate believes that media plays a critical role in the public square, and believes that all communities should have access to the news and information they need to participate fully in our democracy.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide logistical support during meetings with journalism grantees and partners—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to the Democracy Fund office.
  • Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
  • Actively engage with all staff at the Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today.
  • Assist in evaluating grantmaking opportunities and with the preparation of internal memoranda and other materials that are part of the grantmaking process.
  • Provide your unique perspective on the future of local news, through the contribution of expertise, research, and writing.
  • Contribute to the Public Square’s Local Fix newsletter and Local News Lab website.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives
  • Ability to work at least 3 days per week (20 hours minimum; full time preferred)
  • Experience in the field or enrollment in an accredited university program; individuals pursuing a Master’s or higher degree preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details

Position is based in Washington, DC.​ Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please.

Strategy, Impact and Learning Internship

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Democracy Fund is seeking a highly motivated graduate student or recent graduate to support the Democracy Fund’s Strategy, Impact and Learning team for the Fall 2018 term.The Strategy, Impact and Learning Team supports Democracy Fund in developing strong organizational and programmatic strategies, evaluating their effectiveness, and facilitating reflection and learning across the organization. Using systems thinking and rigorous inquiry, we strive to ensure that Democracy Fund is making strategic and informed choices that achieve impact. We believe that through experimentation, learning and adaptation Democracy Fund can more effectively support the health and resilience of the American political system.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support efforts by the Democracy Fund to improve data collection, knowledge management, strengthen learning systems, and foster a culture of learning.Research issues in key policy areas relating to the Democracy Fund’s strategic objectives and oversee regular database updates.
  • Provide support for the development of long-term evaluation plans and evaluation projects for Democracy Fund Program Initiatives, including supporting a re-development of the Fund’s reporting systems.
  • Provide logistical support during meetings with staff, reform leaders, political figures, and academics—this may include note-taking, drafting memoranda, proofing and copy editing materials, and welcoming visitors to the Democracy Fund office.
  • Actively engage with all staff at the Democracy Fund as a capable and collaborative team member. We count on our interns to contribute to policy discussions and help develop solutions to some of the greatest problems our nation faces today.Assist other Democracy Fund team members, collaborate internally within Democracy Fund, and assist with various operational, administrative, and logistical duties as needed. Other duties relating to team or organizational activities as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Background in political science, public policy, or a related field, or enrollment in an accredited university program; individuals pursuing a Master’s or higher degree preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, experience conducting independent research.
  • Professional demeanor
  • Success in developing and maintaining institutional, political, and personal relationships
  • Flexibility and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Eagerness to learn, high self-motivation, and orientation towards details
  • A deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Willingness to contribute, learn, and respectfully engage with those who have different perspectives, including individuals from across the political spectrum
  • Ability to work at least 3 days per week (20 hours minimum; full time preferred)

Position is based in Washington, DC.​.Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No calls please. Cover letters should include: 1) a statement highlighting past research experience or other relevant professional experience, 2) a short write-up of 300 words or less identifying two characteristics or qualities of a healthy democracy you believe are most important, and why, and 3) your availability throughout the Fall, including preferred start and end dates.