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Ballotpedia:2012 Internship Program

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Welcome to Ballotpedia! If you are interested in a paid internship or volunteer opportunity on Ballotpedia (or Judgepedia), then you've arrived on the correct page.

On the following tabs you'll find various information about opportunities available in 2012. Click on each tab for more details.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Bailey Ludlam, associate editor on Ballotpedia.

Work environment

The internship and volunteer opportunities described on this page are part of a remote program. In other words, writers can work from wherever they have internet access -- be it a library or a dorm room or coffee house of preference. However, this doesn't necessarily mean you'll be working 100% alone. At Ballotpedia, we use several mediums (e-mail or chat/webinar programs) to stay in touch.

Past projects

Below is a brief list of past projects that interns and volunteers have worked on.

At Ballotpedia, we're constantly working to improve the site and build new content in several different project areas -statewide ballot measures, local ballot measures, state legislatures, redistricting, state executives, and recalls...the list goes on.

Within these project areas there are several volunteer opportunities. Below is a list of current projects. This list will be updated throughout the year.

Project list:

Project Description Read more Contact
Local ballot measures Ballotpedia, explicitly covers local ballot measures in 11 states. We're looking for volunteers to (a) provide more detailed coverage in those 11 states and (b) to help cover local ballot measures in the other 39 states Read more here Johanna Herman,
State Executive Officials State of the state addresses - these speeches are delivered to the state legislature and fulfill the requirement in most state constitutions that the governor must deliver an annual report to the legislature. We're looking for volunteers to expand our archived list of speeches. Read more here Lauren Rodgers,
Elections Voter guides - create a database of links to state voter guides (unofficial and official) for each of the 50 states. Read more here Bailey Ludlam,
more projects coming soon

...also, each month a new project area is highlighted on the Ballotpedia:Collaboration of the Month. If you have any suggestions for future topics, questions, or thoughts about Ballotpedia in general, you can either leave us a message on the collaboration talk page or send us an email.

1 On Ballotpedia
2 On Judgepedia

On Ballotpedia

Below is a list of paid internships available in 2012:

  1. Congress Project: The Congress Project on Ballotpedia is looking for three interns. Internships are open to current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.
  2. State Legislature Project: The State Legislature Project on Ballotpedia is looking for one intern. Internships are open to current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.

Dates: The internship is 10 weeks in length. Those 10 weeks are flexible. The earliest start date would be May 14. The 10 weeks must be completed by the end of August.

The work: Interns will work on either the Congressional or State Legislature election team, working on content additions to candidate profiles. The intern will gain experience with election night reporting, as well as Congressional research. The internship will provide an opportunity for an original research project that will be published on the wiki.

Compensation: This is a paid internship and interns will earn $9 per hour.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this internship or in learning more about the opportunity, please send an email to Geoff Pallay indicating your interest no later than Friday, April 20.

Final decisions will be made the week of April 23.

Interns will be accepted on a rolling basis so please don’t delay contacting us if you are interested.

On Judgepedia

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Judgepedia, an interactive encyclopedia of courts and judges, is looking for interns for Summer 2012.

Dates: Interns will work 20 hours/week for 9 weeks. There are two scheduling options:

  • May 7 through July 6 or
  • June 18 through August 17

Regardless of the period of employment, all applications are due by April 15.

The work: Interns will help launch the Trial Court Page Project on Judgepedia.

For more details, click Judgepedia:Position available

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this internship, please send this application and a resume to Katy Farrell by April 15, 2012. Applications will not be accepted past the deadline.

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