Nonpartisan Political Research Internship

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Project Vote Smart
1 Common Ground
Philipsburg, MT
Posted: August 17 2015
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: 10 Full-time, Unpaid

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Organization Overview

Project Vote Smart, founded by Presidents Carter, Ford and other national leaders, is a national research center that collects and distributes factual information on over 40,000 political leaders. According to U.S. News and World Report, "Project Vote Smart would make the Founders weep with joy." Nonprofit and nonpartisan, we are headquartered in a beautiful but remote area of the beautiful Montana Rockies, far from the influence of special interests.
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The National Internship Program

Our National Internship Program provides interns an insider’s look into how modern day campaigns attempt to manipulate voters emotionally, instead of informing them intellectually. National Interns are trained on how to defend each citizen’s right to the facts as they work to collect and disseminate voting records, issue positions, biographies, special interest evaluations, campaign finances, and public statements of every U.S. elected official and candidate. The work of our National Interns empowers voters by allowing them to instantly check the credibility of the misleading and deceptive messages that modern day elected officials and candidates bombard citizens with every election year.

We accept interns year-round, and are currently seeking interns for fall, winter and spring internships on a rolling basis to begin their 10-week commitment between August 2015 and February 2016. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply as this opportunity offers a great way to transition into the workforce while living in an extraordinary environment.

How to apply:

National Intern applicants must submit the following:

1. Completed application form, available at
2. Resume and cover letter.
3. Minimum of three references. References need only be names and contact information.

Accepted applicants will live and work at our fully- equipped research facility, the Great Divide Ranch, remotely-located and surrounded by one of Montana's great wilderness area with room, board, food and recreational activities covered by one of the following scholarships:

-Bill Clements Scholarship
-Barry Goldwater Scholarship
-William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
-Seth Moore Scholarship


National Interns may be assigned to one of the following departments, or may work on special projects in several departments, as needed.

Political Courage Test Assistant (primarily offered during election years)- 1. Administer Political Courage Tests to candidates through mailings and phone calls. 2.Program Enter candidate issue responses into our database program.

Research and Hot-line Assistant- 1. Training on our database; answer our Voter's Research Hot-line; research special requests made by callers; 2. Maintain and update, as needed, evaluations by the special interest groups that we currently cover as well as research new ratings; update Congressional speeches databases, and research and update biographical information for candidates and elected officials.

Development/Communication Assistant – 1. Create content for the organization on Facebook and Twitter; 2. Assist in all aspects of the membership department: data entry, bulk mailing, research and statistical analysis, contacting members and vendors, processing special requests; Those with graphic design experience are encouraged to apply.



We seek college students or recent graduates who are genuinely interested in working to accomplish our goal of making factual, unbiased political information easily and freely accessible to all. The overriding qualification for securing an internship position is your willingness to commit 100% to the Project's goals and mission. In addition, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be able to set aside political beliefs and be objective and non-partisan while working.
2. Must be in good standing with your university/school, as current student or alum.
3. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks.
4. Lastly, please remember that our research facility is located in an extraordinarily beautiful but remote area. You will be expected to help maintain the facility.

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