May 6, 2021
Fair Elections Center is seeking second and third-year law students with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights for fall term internships. Their primary responsibility will be to support the work of the legal counsel to identify and respond to legal and administrative obstacles to voter participation, as well as election administration. Duties will include performing legal research for litigation, legislative advocacy, and reports; investigating relevant legal, rulemaking or legislative proceedings for legal violations; and interacting with election reform organizations and key elections officials to advocate for changes that will protect the right to vote. Additional responsibilities may include assisting with outreach.
This is a great opportunity for exposure to election law and voting rights litigation for someone who is a self-starter and comfortable handling significant responsibility. Must possess strong research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills. Ability to meet deadlines is required.
This position requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for 10 weeks. Fair Elections Center will assist students in obtaining academic credit for the internship. Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Fair Elections Center:
Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to use litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly those disenfranchising underrepresented and marginalized communities, and to improve election administration.
Fair Elections Center’s attorneys and advocates deliver nonpartisan creative solutions to the complex barriers that have been and continue to be erected to prevent citizens from registering to vote and casting a ballot that counts. Working alongside other national and state civil rights and community-based organizations, the Center works to make the processes of voter registration, voting, and election administration as accessible as possible for every American, with a particular focus on underrepresented communities and students.
To these ends, Fair Elections Center litigates cutting-edge voting rights cases in federal and state court and engages in a wide variety of advocacy efforts, including: drafting election reform legislation and submitting testimony in support of positive reforms, advocating to defeat restrictive measures, producing reports on election modernization proposals and issues affecting communities of color, talking points and fact sheets, providing state voter guides for all 50 states, conducting trainings and seminars on voting issues for community organizations and their supporters, and working directly with Secretaries of State and local election officials to ensure that the right to vote is protected and expanded. We provide election law expertise to state-based civic engagement coalitions and direct help to organizations representing various communities that need help accessing the ballot as they plan their programs, encounter problems, or need help engaging elections officials.