Political Communications Intern - Common Cause Oregon

Common Cause

Common Cause has openings for a 10-week fall internship, running late-September to early-December.  This is a great opportunity for Oregon college students – both graduate and undergraduate – who want to gain public interest experience for college credit. 

Students can expect to:

·         Earn college credit

·         Receive excellent training

·         Develop leadership, organizing, research and social media skills

·         Learn about today’s pressing struggles to defend and advance democracy

·         Work as part of a team of students from multiple colleges & universities

·         Support Oregonians to have a stronger voice in the democratic process

·         Make an important contribution to the greater public interest

·         Build resume, job networks and references

The Common Cause Democracy Fellows Program is a student internship program for promising Oregon college students who seek to develop leadership and organizing skills and contribute to today’s historic efforts to defend and advance our democracy. Fellows serve to empower impacted Oregon communities to have an organized voice defending and advancing an open and fair democratic process with broadly shared power and participation. 


The fall 2015 intern team will collectively take on a project to assist Oregonians to better understand, document, expose and confront big money influence in politics.  As our communities face critical decisions on issues such as climate change, student debt, access to healthcare, and increasing the minimum wage, it matters that these conversations are heavily influenced by the impact of large campaign contributions, independent spending, dark money, and lobbying strategies.

This fall 2015 internship will run for 10 weeks, from late-September to early December. Interns commit to 10 hours per week, with some flexibility to set their hours around their own schedules. Interns will meet weekly as a team, but will be able to conduct many of their assignments working independently on their own schedules from any location. They will receive training and coaching, and will work on a team project involving research, organizing, and social media work.

Qualifications & Requirements

Ideal candidates will be motivated to take part in public interest work, and be able to work effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds. They will be reliable and organized, with good follow through and the capacity to work to specific goals. Qualified candidates will have strong communication skills, a respectful, confident telephone demeanor, and proficiency with basic computer skills. Social media skills are a plus. Bicultural experience and bilingual capacity are valued. Students will need to be able to commit to certain training and meeting times. Other hours can be scheduled flexibly around classes and other commitments, with allowances for exam times and other exceptional circumstances. Undergraduate & graduate students as well as recent graduates are welcome to apply.

Application Instructions: 

Contact dlewkow@commoncause.org for the application form.