Voter Research and Engagement Intern

23 May 2020 8:30 AM | Elizabeth Lee

Statewide Poverty Action Network is a state level grassroots, legislative advocacy organization working to build political power in low-income communities and communities of color throughout Washington State. We work to change state policy by lobbying lawmakers and organizing community members to take action during the public policy process. Poverty Action works to ensure everyone in Washington State is able to meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to prosper. We unite thousands of people across the state to take action for change through building alliances, organizing communities and holding government accountable. Our goal is to build a movement of people who are directly impacted by issues that are advocating for systemic change. Our strategies are deeply rooted in the community's needs and are led by people in the community.

Job Description: Voter education and engagement is an important component of Poverty Action’s work. The Voter Research & Engagement Intern will play a crucial role in Poverty Action’s work to facilitate and amplify the democratic process throughout Washington state, specifically through the creation of voter guides. Using research and social media strategies to inform their work, the Voter Research & Engagement Intern will compile community concerns and priorities, use this information to write and send questions to candidates running in select 2020 elections; compile candidate responses; assist in the design and creation process of the 2020 Voter Guide; conduct relevant outreach and education, and perform other tasks as needed.

How to Apply

Please submit resume and a response to the following prompt to Poverty Action Communications Manager, Adriana Lasso-Harrier ( Deadline to submit is June 5 by 5pm.

People of color, low income, and bilingual applicants are highly encouraged to apply. 

Prompt: What is your experience and approach working alongside low income communities and communities of color to effect change, and how would you apply that experience to this internship?  

Skills Required:

  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Strong anti-racist and social justice analysis, or an interest in developing such analysis
  •  Demonstrated organizational skills, detail-oriented
  • Basic understanding and comfort using social media websites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Basic proficiency using Wordpress, or willingness to learn
  • Solid proficiency using Microsoft Word

Preferred Skills: Knowledge and experience using Adobe Suite

Start and end date are flexible.


  • The Voter Research & Engagement Intern will build skills around community engagement through a social justice and racial equity lens, and skills of using communications tools to enact social change.
  • Intern will have the opportunity to engage with community members through social media efforts, engage with candidates, and build their knowledge of the statewide political process.
  • As such, we are happy to accommodate the work schedule of the chosen applicant and can discuss flexible weekly hours if necessary.
  • Poverty Action staff is committed to supporting and developing the professional growth of interns.
  • $1800 Stipend or Work Study eligible

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