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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: League of Women Voters Project: Education & Advocacy
WHO: Motivated and qualified student to assist with a special project; excellent communication skills, passion for wide variety of policy issues; facility with electronic systems and social networking tools; creative thinker
WHAT: Public Advocacy for Voter Protection (PAVP) Project
Work with League of Women Voters of Missouri and coalitions
WHEN: Beginning immediately, continuing through the 2011 Missouri Legislative Session, January 5-May 13; modest stipend
WHERE: Missouri location (St. Louis, Kansas City, mid-Missouri) with computer access, occasional trips to Jefferson City
WHY: Prevent the disenfranchisement of eligible citizens, particularly underserved populations such as minorities, the poor and the elderly
For 90 years the League of Women Voters (LWV) has promoted informed and active participation in government. LWV never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for elective office, but it does take positions on certain issues of national, state, and local interest that have been selected, studied, and thoroughly discussed by our membership.
PAVP is a national LWV program of state-based advocacy that aims to prevent disenfranchisement of citizens. The grant is currently being funded in a number of states and has specific guidelines. LWV members have been actively working in this area for several years and coordinate efforts with a number of different partners to achieve the goals of the project.
DUTIES OF THE INTERN
* Review current LWV positions on related issues at both national and state levels
* With guidance from the LWVMO legislative director, communicate with elected officials either in writing, by phone, e-mail or personal visit
* Understand the terms of the grant contract, monitor related legislation and help initiate member action when necessary
* Assist with regular reports to the Board and to the membership
* Gathering information, recommending specific action, following action in legislature
* Work with LWV Legislative Committee in communicating with members
* Assess capacities of the online organizing tool, SALSA; recommend ways to better use the system to build awareness and mobilize membership, based on analysis of statistical information from SALSA; work with the legislative committee to develop standards and protocols for action alerts and database management
* Research and recommend ways to improve outreach via electronic means, including improving member understanding, recruitment of new members, and new strategies
For more information, call Anna at (314) 961-6869