At Vot-ER, we envision healthy communities powered by an inclusive democracy. We are working to exponentially scale voter access within America’s healthcare system. We provide the tools, training, and community to support a growing movement that amplifies the voices of patients, families, & healthcare professionals in America’s democracy.
As an organization with a vision focused on an inclusive American democracy, we aim to reflect that standard in our own organization as well. Vot-ER has a strong commitment to diversity and especially encourages people who are historically underrepresented in healthcare and civic engagement to apply.
Summer 2021 Internships
Vot-ER is excited to recruit a diverse cohort of summer 2021 interns. We are currently accepting applications for the following Summer 2021 internships:
Medical School Competition Manager Internship [Med student – Summer 2021 – Stipended]
Launched in 2020, VotER has scaled rapidly, currently partnering with 25,000 participating healthcare providers, 150 hospitals, and a range of other organizations. In the eleven weeks preceding the November 2020 election, we ran the Healthy Democracy Campaign (HDC), a national, medical-student led voter registration competition among 80 medical schools. We used behaviorally-informed approaches to foster friendly competition among medical school teams, and schools earned points for directing patients, students, staff, providers, and others to vote and request mail-in ballots. The Healthy Democracy Campaign was one of our most successful programs, and we are excited to continue it in 2021.
The Medical School Competition Manager Intern would help us plan, recruit for, and execute the 2021 Healthy Democracy Campaign.
This is a full time, remote Summer 2021 internship, ideally with a spring ramp-up and some continued involvement in the early fall.
How you enjoy showing up:
- Your professional goals or personal experiences have a strong link to either health, democracy, behavioral economics, policy, or politics (or more than one of these areas)
- You get energy both from planning and from doing
- You can both manage longer-term efforts and make time for short-term urgent to-dos
- You enjoy a combination of routine and non-routine tasks
- You are comfortable with the highs and lows of working in a startup
- You enjoy being a part of a diverse team that has a strong sense of community
- While all candidates will be considered for this role, the role is best suited as a summer internship for a medical school student, ideally one who participated in the campaign in 2020
- Executing on a project plan and improvising when needed
- Navigating institutional politics thoughtfully yet persistently
- Recruiting new people and organizations to an exciting effort
- Comfort leading external meetings and trainings
- Managing a team that may be either junior to you or may only be working part time
- Excitement to identify behaviorally-informed strategies to increase involvement
- Brainstorming and coming up with new ideas
- High level of organization and responsiveness on email, Slack, and text
Email Vot-ER’s Chief Operating Officer Aliya at email@example.com using the subject line “Med School Competition Internship” with a resume and a response to the following two questions:
- Share a description of a project you particularly enjoyed working on. Please be sure to provide detail of the context, your role, the broader team, and why you enjoyed it.
- Why are you interested in working with VotER?
This year we are creating an organizing fellowship that aims to support, teach, and train the Vot-ER community in civic engagement, related health equity issues, and community organizing practices. The fellowship program occurs from May 2021 through February 2022. We plan to meet 3 times a month for 120, 60, and 90 minutes. We are looking for healthcare workers with a background in community organizing to lead small groups of fellows as organizing coaches.
Job description and compensation:
- Organizing coaches will facilitate small group sessions for fellows made up of health care workers learning the basics of community organizing. In these small groups fellows will practice the organizing skills they are learning in the fellowship lectures. This will include building a sense of community amongst the team, leading activities and discussion of fellowship topics, and coaching this group of fellows on their organizing skills.
- In partnership with the faculty, the organizing coaches will help develop and facilitate feedback sessions for fellows’ Civic Health Action Projects (read more about these projects on the organizing fellowship web page).
- Organizing coaches will meet with and report back to the fellowship directors about individual fellows’ progress and help shape the fellowship based on their observations.
- Organizing coaches are expected to attend all 3 monthly sessions of the fellowship.
- Organizing coaches will be compensated with a stipend of $2,000. They will receive professional development coaching and grow their own skills as a community organizer in addition to having access to the fellowship training program as a benefit for investing their time.
Applicant qualifications and preferred experience:
- Experience in community organizing, community building, or equivalent.
- Familiarity with the Marshall Ganz/Saul Alinksy school of organizing preferred.
- A good understanding of healthcare settings and their power structures.
- Interest in and care for healthy inequity, democracy, and/or social justice issues.
- Past success in bringing together and moderating amongst individuals with busy and stressful schedules.
- Experience in social work is a plus.
How you enjoy showing up:
- You are a natural leader who enjoys building relationships with individuals, creating a sense of community, and values a healthy team culture.
- You are a good listener who is able to facilitate inclusive discussions.
- You value the feedback of others and believe that getting multiple perspectives is important to your work.
- You value reflection and believe looking back is vital to moving forward.
- You are well-organized and respond in a timely manner on email, Slack, and text.
To apply, email Vot-ER’s Fellowship Director, Miho, at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Fellowship Organizing Coach Application” a response to the following two questions:
- What is your background in organizing and/or healthcare?
- Why do you think you’d be a good fit for this position?