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.

Fall 2022 Internship Opportunity: RU Voting

The Center for Youth Political Participation is recruiting a team of interns to support the RU Voting program during the 2022 Midterm Elections.  RU Voting is a non-partisan project designed to engage the Rutgers student body in national, state, and local elections. Interns will support CYPP staff in developing and executing the goals of RU Voting on the Rutgers University campuses.

This paid internship position begins August 2022 until December 2022.

Internship Responsibilities

  • Identifying and administering voter registration, mobilization, and education drives on the Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus
  • Creating multimedia videos and graphics for Center for Youth Political Participation social media platforms on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube
  • Creating shareable content for the RU Voting Ambassadors program, a volunteer opportunity for Rutgers University students
  • Engaging in local, state, regional, national voter engagement coalition meetings and events
  • Researching information on candidates, voting rates, and state-by-state election information for the RU Voting National website
  • Promoting RU Voting amongst Rutgers University student groups by sharing digestible content via listservs and social media pages

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a current Rutgers University undergraduate student
  • Must be available to support weekly, on campus voter registration and mobilization drives
  • Must have experience creating and editing social media content; experience with TikTok & Instagram a plus
  • Interest in encouraging young adults voter participation
  • Ability to speak to large groups of students on a virtual platform and engage students in-person voter mobilization events
  • Access to a car a plus, but not required
  • Ability to work 8-10 hours per week in a hybrid arrangement with a stable internet connection & laptop; some work must be completed at the Eagleton Institute

Applications for the fall 2022 RU Voting internship have closed. Please complete the application and upload a copy of your most up-to-date resume as a PDF document. 

Application Deadline: Friday May 13, 2022 at 5:00PM

Spring 2023 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 an in person conference for students in New Brunswick and at other national partner program institutions.

Internship Responsibilities

  • Create civic education curriculum content development for the RU Ready program with an eye towards engaging digital and in person activities
  • Implement civic education curriculum at in person conferences at the Eagleton Institute of Politics
  • Craft social media content and posts to share on Center social media pages
  • Support content development of the RU Voting program and RU Voting National program during the primary season
  • Participate in meetings with national partner programs and CYPP staff

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a current Rutgers University undergraduate student
  • Background in K-12 education a plus, especially in a teaching setting
  • Must have experience creating and editing social media content; experience with TikTok & Instagram a plus
  • Interest in encouraging young adults in civic skill building
  • Ability to speak to large groups of students in an in person setting
  • Access to a car a plus, but not required
  • Ability to work 8-10 hours per week in a hybrid arrangement with a stable internet connection & laptop; some work must be completed at the Eagleton Institute

Apply with an updated resume and cover letter as a PDF document and submit the completed online application by Wednesday November 9, 2022 at 5:00PM.

Applications will open Wednesday October 19.

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.

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