Summer Intern Opportunities

Generation Citizen

Intern Position Descriptions

Summer 2013


Generation Citizen strengthens our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens, starting now.

What we do:

To fulfill our mission, we partner college students with classroom teachers to teach an action-civics course in which teens solve problems they face in their own communities. In the 2012-13 school year, we are operating programs for 6,000 students in Providence, RI, Boston, MA, and New York, NY. We are beginning an exciting expansion to become a truly national organization – next year, we will open programming in the San Francisco Bay Area and serve over 10,000 students.

By interning with GC you will:

  • Work alongside our talented and engaging staff
  • Gain invaluable insights into the inner working of an expanding nonprofit
  • Undertake specific critical projects while also having room to get involved in areas that interest you most about our work
  • Gain access to our extensive networks in the education, nonprofit, and political spheres


Please feel free to apply for one or more of the following roles:

1)      Operations Intern: Help us improve our systems to ensure a strong backbone for our program

Anticipated duties:

Work with the Managing Director and Operations Associate to:

  • Design recruiting posters/flyers for Fall 2013 recruitment; prepare recruiting packets of materials for each site
  • Sort and categorize photos and videos from 2012-2013 to highlight most compelling in each album
  • Research local school district, college, and community events to compile annual program calendar for each site
  • Research and summarize internship and engagement opportunities to offer our college students in each site
  • Compile a  press outlet database for each site including relevant contacts

Logistical information:

  • Volunteer position (work out of our MA, NY, or RI office and some work remote)
  • Flexible schedule (short-term full-time commitment or multiple weeks part-time) starting June 1 or later
  • Preferred: Graphics/marketing experience, strong communication skills, attention to detail, understanding of mission, youth


2)      Development Intern: Help us map and engage grant-makers/donors and plan/execute fundraising events to sustain our work

Anticipated duties:

Work with the Development Manager to:

  • Manage annual calendar of grant opportunities/deadlines:

–Conduct ongoing research on (1) potential grant opportunities related to civic education and youth development and (2) individual donors in each of our sites
–Communicate recommended priorities to the Development Manager

  • Support fundraising event planning/logistics:

–Conduct corporate sponsorship research/outreach helping to secure corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations for “Civics Day” (occurs twice per year in each of our sites) and other fundraising events
–Support operations/logistics (e.g., building and distributing online event invitations, working to secure event spaces, etc.)

  • Ensure maintenance of our donor database (Salesforce)

Logistical information:

  • Volunteer position (can be remote or work out of our NY office)
  • 2-3 days per week (flexible based on availability) starting June 1 (possible to extend through fall)
  • Strong project management, oral and written communication skills required
  • Preferred: Experience with Salesforce and in non-profit fundraising, prospect research, and event planning


3)      Program Content Intern: Research critical local political action information to leverage our students’ work

Anticipated duties:

Work with the Program Managers to:

  • Build our internal website’s collection of supplementary materials:
  • Collect and edit student-friendly background articles for each common student focus issue
  • Research and create student-friendly materials on examples of past projects progressing through the program
  • Find current event articles and a list of local experts and advocates for each focus issue in each site
  • Build site-specific resources about relevant local laws, ongoing campaigns from other orgs, etc. or past Generation Citizen classes

Logistical information:

  • Volunteer position (can be remote or work out of our NY or MA office)
  • 2-3 days per week (flexible based on availability) starting June 1
  • Research and independent self-management skills required
  • Preferred: Experience working with middle-school students or otherwise understanding of “student-friendly” materials
  • Preferred: Political savvy or experience with political action/advocacy



Application may be submitted to us via email at Please submit a cover letter and resume. In your email subject line, please indicate the intern position(s) for which you are applying (ex. program content, development, operations)

Note: Due to the large volume of applications for Generation Citizen internship positions, we regret that not all applicants will receive acknowledgement of their submissions. Please apply early, as slots fill quickly.