If you are interested in participatory democracy and would like to help us provide citizens and journalists with data that shines a light on the influence of money in our political system, an internship at MapLight might be a good fit for you. The position is perfect for someone looking to gain experience pursuant to a career in government, public policy, social justice, environmental justice, media studies, or journalism.
MapLight communications interns work on a variety of programs and possess strong computer, research, analytical, and writing skills. Interns must have excellent attention to detail and a strong commitment to accuracy. Primary responsibilities include: researching candidates and ballot measures; processing campaign finance data; updating newsroom pages on website; managing media databases; building media lists; monitoring media coverage; proofreading documents; writing media pitches; assisting program associate with social media program goals; generating story ideas using MapLight’s transparency tools and more.
MapLight has received numerous awards, including a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, a United Nations World Summit Award for e.Governence, and a Webby nomination for Best Politics Website.
If you are motivated by the mission of MapLight, come join our dynamic team and help us fix our country’s broken system of money-dominated politics. Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (recent school report okay) to Pamela Behrsin at Pamela [at] maplight [dot] org. This internship is unpaid; however, students may receive course credit for the internship depending on the rules in your department. There is a monthly stipend for travel not to exceed $100 per month. We are located a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART and two blocks from UC Berkeley. We have a bike rack on premises.
Note: MapLight has worked with many students over the past four years and is mindful of time needed off in and around mid-terms and final exams. We will also work closely with you to translate the skills you learn into résumé language. The program runs from June 8th to August 14th.