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State Democracy Policy Intern

Title: State Democracy Policy Intern
Department: State Capacity Building
Status: Non-exempt
Reports to: State Democracy Policy Director
Location: Flexible (the intern may decide whether to work remotely and/or from an LCV office)
Duration: 12 Weeks; May- August 2024 (start and end dates flexible)
Schedule and Compensation: 30-40 hours per week; $17.00 per hour

General Description:

LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections. At the same time LCV believes that in order to achieve our climate goals, we need a healthy democracy to allow all people to have their voice heard on the issues that matter most. 

For more than 50 years, LCV has grown into a potent political force for protecting our planet and our democracy. We have built a powerful national movement with over 30+ state affiliates across the country.

LCV is seeking a State Democracy Policy Intern who will support the State Democracy Policy Director in working with LCV and our 30+ state affiliates, collectively referred to as the Conservation Voters Movement (CVM), to support our network-wide democracy and voting rights program that advances bold policies at the state level. They will provide valuable support to state affiliates and the LCV democracy team, offering timely assistance to states, legislation tracking, and research for policy papers on priority issues. The State Democracy Policy Intern will also play a supporting role in collecting resources, identifying state legislative victories, and facilitating coalition spaces. 

The State Democracy Policy Intern will join a Summer 2024 internship cohort that will have access to development opportunities including a Capstone project, informational interviews with staff, and organization-wide training and discussions. Summer interns participate in brown bag lunches with various members of LCV’s senior management team, including President Gene Karpinski.

Intern Will Gain Experience in:

  • Supporting state partners in voting rights and democracy policy advocacy.
  • Incorporating racial justice and equity into policy and ensuring these principles are applied throughout team processes.
  • Researching policy papers on priority democracy issues for 2024 legislative sessions.
  • Drafting regular and comprehensive reports of state affiliate activities. 
  • Tracking legislation and press related to priority issues. 
  • Facilitating cross-state collaboration.


  • Experience: Experience, education, or other knowledge-base in voting rights and democracy policy. 
  • Skills: Highly organized; strong attention to detail; excellent communications skills; strong research skills; exhibits solid judgment; critical thinking skills; able to work independently and as a team; able to handle multiple tasks; self-starter; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite. 
  • Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating racial justice and equity into the work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Commitment to environmental protection and mission of LCV.
  • Working Conditions: Applicants need to be located in and legally authorized to work in the United States. LCV requires all employees working from our offices or participating in in-person meetings or events to be fully up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

LCV offers sick leave, paid holidays, and voting leave to interns.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to with “State Democracy Policy Intern” in the subject line by February 19, 2024. No phone calls please. 

LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information, or any other protected status. LCV is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact