Internship Opportunities

The Center for Youth Political Participation at the Eagleton Institute of Politics addresses the progression of youth political participation through three stages of citizen development:  as high school students prepare to participate in the electoral process for the first time; as college students begin to exercise their political rights; and as young adults actively seek to influence public policy, support electoral candidates and perhaps run for public office themselves.

Internship Requirements for RU Voting and RU Ready

  • Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours to receive credit
  • Students are required to register for the following course: 790:481: Internship in Political Science
  • All internships are unpaid however, students will receive 3 credits with successful completion

Civil Discourse Expectations

Classes, programs and other events convened by the Eagleton Institute of Politics are premised on the belief that, in order for our democracy to work, we need to be able to talk to each other. Students and other program participants are expected to engage in open and civil discourse, recognizing that meaningful exchange of ideas from different perspectives requires reasoned deliberation based on shared facts and conducted with respect and curiosity, and with affirmation of the humanity of all people irrespective of their historic marginalization, identity or socioeconomic status. In addition, like all Rutgers students, students at Eagleton are expected to comply with the Rutgers University Code of Conduct.

Students exhibiting behavior in class or online that conflicts with the Civil Discourse Expectations of the Eagleton Institute of Politics or with relevant sections of the University Student Code of Conduct may be removed from a class, given a failing grade for the course and/or terminated from the CYPP internship program.

Spring 2022 Internship Opportunity: RU Ready

Students registering for the CYPP internship during the Spring semester will assist in implementing the goals of RU Ready, a civic engagement initiative created by the Eagleton Institute and administered in area schools. The mission of the program is to provide young people with the tools and encouragement to be politically aware and engaged. Interns’ key roles include developing and implementing virtual in-class sessions and a virtual conference for students in New Brunswick and at other national partner program institutions.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be available for a virtual weekly 3-hour meeting on Wednesdays from 9:0AM-12:00PM
  • Must be registered for the spring internship course (790:481: Internship in Political Science)
  • Prior educational experience and work with K-12 students is preferable but not required
  • Ability to speak to large groups of students on a virtual platform
  • Complete the online application by the deadline

Applications for the RU Ready Internship are closed.

Check back in mid-October 2022 for information on the spring internship.

Fall 2022 Internship Opportunity: RU Voting

Students registering for the intern course in the Fall semester will work on implementing the goals of RU Voting, a non-partisan project designed to engage the Rutgers student body in national, state, and local elections. Interns’ work in this area involves organizing and administering various registration, education, and mobilization initiatives including registration and get-out-the-vote drives; public forums; debate watches; and focus groups of Rutgers students.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be available for a virtual/in-person weekly 3-hour meeting on Wednesdays from 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Must be registered for the fall internship course (790:481: Internship in Political Science)
  • Prior experience with voter registration and mobilization a plus but not required
  • Ability to speak to large groups of students on a virtual platform and engage students in-person voter mobilization events
  • Complete the online application by the deadline

We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2022 RU Voting internship. Please complete the application and upload a copy of your most up-to-date resume as a PDF document.

Applications for the RU Voting internship have closed.

Questions? Contact Us!