Posted by Arab American Institute on March 20, 2018 in Blog

California

INTERNSHIP POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

YALLA VOTE INTERN

Deadline: April 9, 2018, with rolling applications

Position: Yalla Vote Student Intern in California

About AAI: Established in 1985 and based in Washington, DC, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization. AAI was created to nurture and encourage the direct participation of Arab Americans in political and civic life in the United States. AAI represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the United States and strives to promote Arab American participation in the U.S. electoral system. We strive to serve as a central resource to government officials, the media, political leaders and community groups on a variety of public policy issues that concern Arab Americans and U.S.-Arab relations.

About Yalla Vote: Launched in 1998, Yalla Vote is the foundation of our nonpartisan integrated voter engagement campaign. With high concentration of Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states, we know our community can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans. Beyond just election year organizing, Yalla Vote is our vehicle to make the Arab American community's voice heard nationally and locally.

Description: The Yalla Vote Student Interns will work closely with the CA Field Organizer to advance Yalla Vote's voter registration program on their respective campuses. Interns will have a unique, challenging, and informative experience learning about the local community and how to help run a successful grassroots initiative. Interns will gain first-hand experience and exposure to the electoral and issue advocacy process at the local level while learning lifelong skills. This internship is a limited duration assignment. The target start date is April 23 and ends with the spring semester/quarter, with opportunity to extend through summer and fall. We expect to fill this position with committed, highly capable interns able to meet the following responsibilities:

  • Register new voters on college campuses;
  • Help organize and execute Yalla Vote events on college campuses;
  • Help organize and execute Yalla Vote events in the community (voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, information tables, meet & greets, etc.);
  • Assist in data management (collected from events, volunteers, etc.);
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment on college campuses;
  • Engage with the Arab American student population on campus to promote Yalla Vote and AAI;
  • Participate in weekly check-in calls or meetings with Field Organizer.
  • Fill out weekly reports to track progress on campus engagement;

Qualifications:

  • Experience with student organizing and/ or electoral campaigns preferred;
  • Working knowledge of, and familiarity with, local politics;
  • Strong time-management skills and work ethic;
  • Well-organized, results-oriented, with a precise attention to detail;
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Self-motivated, reliable, and proactive;
  • Positive attitude and good judgement

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students at a university or college institution. The internship position is unpaid but may be used for college credit. A commitment of 10 working hours weekly is required. Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Johanna Mustafa at cafield@aaiusa.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Massachusetts

The Arab American Institute (AAI) is seeking university and college interns to work with the Massachusetts Field Organizer on Yalla Vote, our grassroots and voter mobilization and education campaign.

Interns with AAI will have a unique, challenging, and informative experience learning about the local community, and how to help run a successful grassroots initiative. Interns will gain first-hand experience and exposure to the electoral and issue advocacy process at the local level while learning lifelong skills. Student intern positions are unpaid but may be used for college credit.

About AAI:

  • AAI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. that promotes Arab American participation in the U.S. electoral system and civic life.
  • AAI is the only national organization that promotes Arab American participation in the electoral process
  • The institute's two centers of focus are: campaigns and elections and policy formulation and research
  • AAI represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the United States
  • AAI was founded more than thirty years ago

About Yalla Vote:

  • Launched in 1998
  • Engages Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states – including California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia
  • Massachusetts has the 9th largest Arab American population whose involvement can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans
  • We are committed to building a long-term infrastructure for political engagement

Job Responsibilities:

  • Register new voters on college campuses and community registration events
  • Help organize and execute Yalla Vote events on campuses and elsewhere
  • Fill out weekly reports to track progress on campus engagement
  • Conduct outreach to friends and classmates about working with us as an intern or event volunteer

Requirements:

  • An interest in politics, issue advocacy and a strong belief in ensuring maximum participation in the electoral process of all groups.
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Ideal candidate should be organized, reliable, prompt, detail-oriented and self-motivated.
  • Willingness to communicate directly with voters and those eligible to vote.
  • Represent AAI professionally and courteously
  • Currently enrolled in school or college/university campus

The internship position is unpaid but may be used for college credit. A commitment of 10 working hours weekly is required. Please send a resume and cover letter to Steven Austerer at mafield@aaiusa.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.