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Youth Activism Internship

Unpaid Internship5 - 30 hrs/wk

4 hours ago


Join our team of mission-driven young people from all around the country to help amplify youth civic engagement and participate in activism on many progressive/social justice issues including climate change, racial justice, reproductive rights, and ending gun violence, and combatting voter suppression.

Benefits: Eligible to receive community service hours or course credit (if you coordinate with your school), work in teams with other young people to participate in activism and learn civics, bolster your resume, earn valuable letters of recommendation, flexible hours per week, apply anytime, eligible to win awards and prizes including the President's Volunteer Service Award, and hear from world renowned speakers.

Key Curriculum: Work on teams to participate in grassroots activism and advocacy on issues you care about. Research activism, advocacy, civics and social justice. Join voter registration and turnout projects. Learn about civics. 

Skills Developed: Communication, Collaboration, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Writing, and more.

Hours Per Week: You choose between 5 and 30+ hours.

End Date: Flexible 

Application Deadline: Rolling - TurnUp will accept applications year-round until all team positions are filled.

Specialized Teams: While completing this application, you will also have the option to join one of our four specialized teams: Social Media, Marketing, Graphic Design, and Fundraising.

About TurnUp ( We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making the world more just, fair, and equitable for all by increasing youth civic engagement and activism to strengthen our democracy. We believe that everyone should be able to access their civic and activist potential. TurnUp played a significant role in the historic 2020 and 2022 youth voter turnout by reaching over 60 million young voters online, texting 10 million young voters, helping to register 180,00 young voters and completing 20,000 hours of get out the vote volunteering.

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This is a great opportunity for those looking to impact change in their community, refine their activist efforts, strengthen democracy, and meet other like-minded young people! Interns will collaborate on a variety of tasks, communicate regularly, and meet virtually on a weekly basis. This is a collaborative internship where interns will develop their democratic competency. Interns participate in civic actions, work on voter turnout projects, perform targeted outreach, engage in advocacy and activism, find and participate in volunteer opportunities together, attend the TurnUp Speaker Series, as well as do civic and activism related research and writing. Most importantly, they will work together to advocate for issues important to young people, fight voter suppression and boost youth voter turnout. Upon completion, interns are prepared to go forward being civically responsible and engaged activists.

About TurnUp

Help us transform youth civic engagement, voter turnout and the progressive movement. We are a collaborative workspace that believes in the power that young people can have when they are civically engaged. We believe that everyone should be able to access their activist potential, and that communication creates power. We hope to make the world just, fair and equitable for all, by engaging young people in our democracy. We frequently collaborate with other progressive organizations and we have a diverse advisory board of nine experts: Bruno De Carvalho, Hon. Eileen C Donahoe, Adam Lavine, Jerry Michalski, Matt Mitchell, Nathaniel Pearlman, Justin Reich, Sonal Shah, & Christina Tzintzun Ramirez.
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TurnUp is actively interviewing now. Due to the volume of applications, TurnUp has indicated that they will not follow up unless you are selected for an interview.

TurnUp also indicates this role is likely to convert to full-time.

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  • Communication6%

  • Economics5%

  • Psychology4%

  • Business Administration Management And Operations4%

  • 342 other majors68%

People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • US Congress
  • United States Senate
  • US Department Of State
  • Teach For America
  • Deloitte


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