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Lily Klein-Evans, Northwestern University
My own experience voting for the first time in 2012 motivated me to intern with the League of Women Voters. The LWV Voters guide I received in the mail provided clear, unbiased information that helped me understand the issues and candidates on the ballot and make an informed decision. I learned firsthand how important voter information is and how valuable resources like those the League provides are. Interning with the League this summer gave me the opportunity to contribute to a cause I believe in while learning about voting rights issues and developing my own skills.
I had the chance to work on a wide range of projects including researching congressional redistricting and voting history, writing blogs, and interviewing members of Leagues across the country. I gained a deeper understanding of environmental, campaign finance, voting rights, criminal justice, and women’s rights issues from these projects and the congressional panels and events I was able to attend as part of my internship. I also learned about the League’s advocacy efforts and the role it plays in these larger, national debates through lobbying and education. As a political science major, I was able to see how the things I’ve studied as abstract concepts in classrooms actually happen in the real world. Interning with the League was a great opportunity and a wonderful experience.
Hana Migliorato, Tufts University
My summer with the League of Women Voters of the United States has been a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone who is passionate about voter engagement, interested in nonprofit work, or looking for an opportunity to learn by working with the many different departments that make up a single organization. During my ten weeks as an intern, I gained insight into how the League functions and feel that I was able to contribute to a cause that I feel strongly about.
In the League I found passionate and engaged people who were welcoming and supportive. My supervisor made sure that I always had a meaningful project to work on. I appreciated the opportunity to have both long-term and short-term projects in which I was given the freedom to plan and execute. Because the office has many departments, I was able to work with most of them each week which allowed me to see the inner workings of a nonprofit. Everyone at the office was friendly and happy to share information about what they are working on. My fellow interns and I were able to attend hearings on the Hill about the Voting Rights Amendment Act and participate in events held by other voting rights advocacy groups in DC, opportunities we wouldn’t have had in any other city. I enjoyed taking advantage of all of the events and experiences that Washington DC had to offer after work and on the weekends.
There are many new voting ID laws being put in place across the country for the 2014 elections. I saw firsthand how difficult it can be to find voting information on state websites, which confirmed the need for organizations like the League of Women Voters and websites like VOTE411.org. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with an organization with such a history and a presence in the advocacy world.
Claudia Maisch, Binghamton University
Interning with the League’s national office this past summer has been a very rewarding experience. I was able to learn about how each department of the organization operates from first-hand experience working on projects with different members of the office. During my internship I researched, conducted interviews, wrote blogs, gained website skills, and worked with membership and development. I was part of an intern team, collaborating on many projects and gaining group-work skills in the process. Over the course of the summer, I participated in a conference call with national coaches and spear-headed a portion of the meeting, relaying information to the coaches that I had previously researched. In addition to my work with the League, I had the opportunity to attend advocacy events regarding the Voting Rights Amendment Act, an event about the DISCLOSE Act, and a briefing on Feminist activism for interns and students. The internship with LWVUS introduced me to a breadth of information and involvement providing me with the chance to gain tangible skills and experiences that will help me become a more capable professional in the future.
Everyone in the League’s national office is very welcoming. Upon my first day interning with the League, I learned so much of what Washington, DC had to offer through countless suggestions and enthusiasm for the city from many members of the office. Over the summer I explored the museums, monuments, and other hot-spots of the city. Interning with the League not only allowed me to gain great professional skills, it also allowed me the opportunity to experience Washington, DC!
My future career aspirations include working in the nonprofit sector. By interning with the League, I was exposed to the inner workings of a nonprofit organization, allowing me to learn what it takes to manage a nonprofit from the national to grassroots level. I would recommend an internship with the League for anyone who is interested in a gaining experience working with nonprofit organizations. My experience with the League was extremely valuable, and I am grateful to have spent my summer participating in this internship.
Kelsey Greenagel, George Washington University
Working at the League this past semester has been a great experience! The whole staff is very welcoming and I was included in weekly meetings which made me feel like a part of the team. I interacted with the League at the local, state and national level through my various activities and correspondences. This provided real insight into how a non-profit organization functions on a day-to-day basis.
Interning at the national office allowed me an inside look at all the League’s work towards achieving its objectives. Reading memos on Supreme Court cases and sitting in on a meeting dealing with gerrymandering were interesting for a political junkie like me. The political objectives were a nice backdrop, but the majority of my work centered on the workings of a non-profit organization—valuable knowledge for someone pursuing political or international careers. I also worked a lot with the Membership department, which offered me a unique perspective on how a large organization like the League operates. As a League intern, I had the opportunity to complete substantive work along with my everyday office work: I designed postcards and flyers for League events, I wrote a blog post for the League’s national website which was published under my own name and I completed research on interesting topics such as examining close upcoming political races. I felt like a vital member, not just a coffee-runner. The main objective of interning is to gain valuable workplace experience. I feel the League has amply provided this for me. I’m sad my time at the League has come to a close, which speaks to the quality of an internship at the League of Women Voters.
Alex Clearfield, Johns Hopkins University
I have often found that my political science classes, while interesting, were far removed from actual experience and the realities of American politics in 2013. In my experiences at school and in other internships, I discovered that I was happiest when I was actively engaged with politics and policy; at the League of Women Voters, I was able to dive into the work that a large, national, respected nonprofit does on one of the most important issues facing the United States: voting rights.
Voting rights is far too often ignored as a salient issue, because many do not vote and those less likely to be affected by unfair practices do not think about it. With the Voting Rights Act gutted by the Supreme Court, I was motivated to apply for an internship with LWV and be a part of the fight for voting rights and voter education. They are at the foundation of our democracy, and as an LWV intern I got exposed to these issues and saw the fight for voting rights at the ground level. The LWV staff is eager to get interns involved in all departments, from membership to communications to advocacy. The work is substantive; I wrote a report on the membership strategies of other large, national nonprofits so LWV could assess its own membership structure. I was able to pitch in on various other projects as well, and always felt my work and effort were highly valued. I was also able to interact with League members around the country, who are just as passionate about these issues as the national staff in Washington.
If you are interested in politics and/or the nonprofit sector, you should apply for an LWV internship. When you work at LWV, you know that you are working towards something important and doing your part to make our political climate more civil and productive. It’s a great work environment full of friendly, dedicated people and it’s an extremely valuable experience. I’m grateful that the LWV afforded me this opportunity, and I encourage you to take advantage of it as well.
D’Amber Allen, Howard University
This Fall I had the privilege of interning at the League. I had the chance to work with a diverse group of passionate, driven individuals that were welcoming, pleasant, and enthusiastic about the work they were involved in. My time at the League opened my eyes to the hard work and diligence of a non-profit organization, and opened the door for me to continue work in the non-profit sector.
Working at the League of Women Voters has been a wonderful experience in all aspects. I have always been interested in advocacy, elections, and community outreach, and how fortunate I was to find an internship where all three values that I believe in are part of the mission. My time at the League included work with membership outreach and leadership development, event planning, National Voters Registration Day coverage, and internal analysis. If you are interested in interning at the League, be prepared for a phenomenal learning experience. This internship opportunity has provided me with connections to passionate people, and an all around great experience within a non-profit organization.
Clara Roberts, Rice University
During my time at the League, I’ve had the opportunity to work with different departments on diverse projects, including authoring blog posts, designing handouts, coordinating with event venues, making website updates and researching for the advocacy department. In addition to direct professional experience, the League internship also allowed me to glean a better understanding of the day-to-day work of non-profits and grassroots organizations.
Staff members were unconditionally friendly, helpful, and eager to share their experiences. Though lively, the office environment is also relaxed and the internship provides the flexibility to allow students to explore the nation’s capital during their time in DC. The position not only accommodates for external experiences, it also provides opportunities to attend events for the League. One highlight of my time here was having the opportunity to ask Representative John Lewis about his opinion on the Voting Rights Act Supreme Court case and then reporting on his response. A second highlight was attending the League’s biennial National Council, where I was able to meet state and local League leaders from across the country and hear about their passionate efforts to improve our democracy.
I encourage potential applicants to read about the League’s long history and its multifaceted and fruitful policy efforts. Perhaps the most significant benefit of a League internship is the assurance gained from contributing to an organization that has integrity and a deep history of fighting for the public good. Through this position, I was able to gain tangible work experience, exposure to non-profit and advocacy work, connections to dedicated and successful co-workers, and a sense of fulfillment.
Sam Pevear, Connecticut College
Through my studies at Connecticut College I have found my passion in the fields of Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies. I felt as if I was walking through my majors without a clear sense of where they could take me. Luckily that changed with the opportunity to intern at the League. I was able to meet multiple women who had majored in Gender and Women’s Studies, which boosted my confidence in my academic pursuits with an added drive.
Everyone made sure to make me part of the group while keeping me in the loop with events happening in and out of the office. My first week in DC I was able to attend a lecture with Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis. During my time here, I sat in on many meetings, such as one with women from Kosovo who were looking for advice on how to successfully integrate democracy into their own country.
The League of Women Voters is a community I feel honored to have become a part of. The passion within all of the members of this organization is palpable from the national to local level. Everyone understands that the role they play is significant, and I appreciated them taking time out to thank me for every task I did. Overall I got a better sense of how an NGO operates on a grassroots level, and can honestly say this experience has provided me with a spark to delve further into the possibility of pursuing a career in the nonprofit world. I can not thank all of the members of the League enough for affording me with such an invaluable experience
Bethany White, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Interning at the League of Women Voters has been an incredibly valuable experience. As an international student with only three months in DC I wanted to make the most of what the city has to offer. My aim was to secure an internship that reflected my interests, but also one that challenged me and provided me with the opportunity to get involved with varied work. I applied to many positions, but the important work that the League does and the friendliness and commitment of the staff made it easy to make a decision about where I wanted to spend my time as an intern. The League has fulfilled all the hopes I had for my experience interning in Washington. It has been enlightening and exciting to work in a nonprofit environment in which everyone is committed to a mutual goal—improving democracy and advocating for important issues. Over the course of my internship I have been fortunate enough to work with most of the League’s departments, including Membership, Development, and Communications. This has provided me with a strong working understanding of how a national organization operates on all fronts. It has also given me insight into the strengths and challenges of organizing people at a grassroots level, as the League does across the country, and the degree to which thousands of people working and mobilizing locally can have such an impact on a national scale. The projects I worked on at the League were interesting and varied, from conducting research to working with Twitter and Facebook to helping organize events. The staff members I have been lucky enough to work with have all been incredibly friendly and helpful, and consistently appreciative of the work that I contributed.
All in all, my internship has struck a perfect balance between developing my abilities to contribute to the League’s work while also giving me substantial new skills and knowledge about the political processes in this country. The League has a great history and reputation that I feel very fortunate to have been part of. I could not imagine a better internship experience for anyone interested in democracy, advocacy, or working for a nonprofit.
Vegard Tveito, University of Oslo, Norway
At an internship bazaar at American University I met Sarah Peterson and Sara Sanders, representatives for the League of Women Voters. They were so friendly and interested that I felt very comfortable talking with them. Not only was the League a non-partisan organization advocating voting, and perusing issues that I myself cared about, they were also looking for an intern that could do digital content and social media, which was just what I was looking for. A couple days later I secured the internship, and I was very relieved.
The work I have done for the League of Women Voters has been multifaceted, interesting and enjoyable. Most of all I have enjoyed the work environment. Every single person has been friendly and thankful for the work that the other interns and I have done. No matter how small a task, I always receive positive feedback, which makes it a joy to come in to work. I am also always invited to any meeting that relates to the work I do, where I can see what I am doing means for the League in the bigger picture. This serves as a great motivation.
Sarah and Sara have done a great job of providing me with work from different departments, as well as inviting me to go to events outside the office to learn more about the issues that the League of Women Voters fight for. They have struck a balance between utilizing my skills for the League, so I am actually contributing to the organization, while also making sure that I am learning about the League and Washington D.C on a whole. Interning for the League of Women Voters has provided a great opportunity and experience for me personally, and my respect for the Leagues work has only grown in the time I have been here. It has been great.
Catherine Makoski, Moravian
As I was making my decision regarding which internship to take for this semester, I considered why I had come to Washington in the first place. I was here for this semester because it was to be an exciting one, given that the race for the presidency would be coming to an end, and I was here to study activism and public policy. It seemed as though an internship with the League of Women Voters was the best way to immerse myself in all of this.
As someone with a background in journalism and politics, I was very much interested in an organization which made unbiased information free and accessible for the purpose of bettering our system of democracy. I also appreciated that through our efforts to increase voter turnout, we were sending out a message of personal empowerment and efficacy—that each individual is responsible for participating in the political process and can accomplish something by doing so.
What I most enjoyed about my time as an intern for the League of Women Voters was being able to feel as though I was helping my country as a whole by providing services to individual leagues and individual citizens. It was very rewarding to have been able to connect with individuals on National Voter Registration Day and the week of Election Day. Moreover, I was able to use some of the information and skills which I had accrued through my internship to help my friends and roommates register on time and send in their absentee ballots. I appreciate that so much of what I learned here is directly applicable to my personal life and my studies.
I also was able to learn a lot about community organizing by studying the hierarchy of local leagues, state leagues, and the national league. This was very interesting to me. I was impressed by how active certain local leagues were in setting up public forums to discuss candidates and issues. I also enjoyed sitting in on webinars in which we as the national league were able to coordinate with state and local leagues in order to improve certain aspects of the organization and its mission overall. This allowed me to gain a lot of insight on how nonprofit organizations of this kind are structured and how to mobilize individuals at a grassroots level in order to have significant influence at any level of government.
Cristine Lovato, University of Redlands
I have always been fascinated by elections, when I was 8 years old I can remember sitting in front of the television screen with my notebook out, recording the number of electoral votes for George W. Bush and Al Gore, respectively. When it came to studying in Washington, DC for a semester, I knew I wanted to be here during fall 2012 so I would have the opportunity to be immersed in the election. An internship at the League of Women Voters was a no brainer.
As I began researching potential internships, I stumbled upon the League of Women Voters. It combined many of the issues I have found crucial during election sessions – educating the American public of the issues.
I have loved my time at the league! I have been able to work on projects that I feel really benefit the organization. Perhaps my favorite project of the semester has been working on tweets to celebrities encouraging them to encourage their followers to use VOTE411 for their election questions. The response we received was amazing.
I would recommend this internship to anyone even slightly considering it. The office environment is so comfortable and everyone in the office is warm and friendly. I’m grateful for the time I’ve had at LWVUS.