2020 Communications Summer Intern




MapLight, an innovative, award-winning nonprofit that strives to create a government that (actually) works for the people, is seeking a summer intern to join its dynamic team.

This position represents an excellent opportunity to gain skills and experience in strategic communications and media relations while making a meaningful impact towards MapLight’s goal of advancing a more responsive, accountable, and representative democracy.

Summer internships typically last for ten weeks; start and end dates are flexible. While a preference will be given to candidates with full-time availability, candidates able to work part-time may also be considered. The position is unpaid, however we reimburse commuting expenses up to $100/month. MapLight is located in downtown Berkeley (near BART). Our hardworking but casual office environment includes quality-of-life perks such as office snacks, biweekly team lunches, delicious fair-trade coffee, ergonomic workstations, and bike storage on the premises.

About MapLight:

MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that strives to create a government that (actually) works for the people by shining a light on digital deception, illuminating the influence of money in politics, empowering voters with nonpartisan civic information, and more. Our work has been recognized with a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a Library Journal Best Reference Award, an American Library Association MARS: Best Free Reference Web Site Award, and a Webby Award nomination.

In the last year alone, we’ve worked tirelessly to counter efforts to undermine the integrity of future elections. We’ve partnered with democracy campaigns across the country at the state and local levels, generating data analyses to advocate for reform on issues ranging from public funding to transparency to stronger public ethics laws. We’ve published reams of data connecting the dots between political money and policy outcomes. And we’ve empowered half a million California voters with Voter’s Edge, our  comprehensive, nonpartisan online voter guide for the 21st century.

Responsibilities Include

  • With guidance from MapLight’s communications director, create and execute a marketing and communications campaign for an upcoming graphic novel by MapLight President Daniel G. Newman about how to fix American democracy.  
  • Activities will likely include: creative and strategic planning; writing media relations materials; media list building and reporter outreach focusing on young-adult audiences; additional strategic outreach to engage new audiences in the conversation about democracy reform.
  • Assist MapLight's communications team with identification and outreach to target media outlets and reporters to illuminate the influence of money in politics.
  • Monitor & analyze the news cycle, social media and campaign activities of organizations working to advance money in politics reforms to help identify opportunities for campaign partnerships.
  • Assist in distributing MapLight posts and data, identifying targets for pitching and distributing information to target media contacts

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Strong interest in communications and marketing
  • Dedication to detail-oriented, thorough, and 100% accurate work
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and quickly adapt to changing priorities


Desired Qualifications

  • Personal dedication to MapLight’s mission and a demonstrated interest in civic engagement

How to Apply

MapLight believes that diversity makes us stronger. Building a team with diverse perspectives and life experiences enhances our ability to design products that inspire informed engagement with our political system across an inclusive audience. To that end, we encourage all qualified applicants to apply. If you have a disability and may require accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact us at jobs@maplight.org.

Come work with us on the cutting edge of government transparency and accountability!

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to the attention of Phoebe Sanders at jobs@maplight.org, and reference “Summer Communications Internship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

For more about MapLight's work, visit http://maplight.org and http://votersedge.org.

All signs point to 2020 being a pivotal year for our country and for our democratic way of life. Please join our efforts!