Civic Engagement Intern

King County
Internship 5 per week $19 - $25 Per hour WA 919 Southwest Grady Wy, Renton, WA 98057, United States Apply before 6/3/2024 11:59


"We conduct fair, open, and accurate elections." - King County Elections Mission Statement

The Department of Elections at King County is committed to civic engagement and voter education to increase voter participation and eliminate barriers to voting. We work year-round to be the leader in providing inclusive elections. The

Elections Outreach team is responsible for engaging with, educating, and registering all our communities of voters and future voters. The Civic Education Interns will be specifically involved in reaching out to high schools in King County, with a special focus on south King County.
The Department of Elections has a great opportunity for Civic Engagement lntern(s) that will support the ongoing outreach by:
  • Working across teams to develop and implement a civic education program; and
  • Outreach to young voters, specifically within high schools in King County
Interns will also develop the following skills:
  • Public Speaking and professional written communications;
  • Working in both office and field environments;
  • Independent professional work and time management; and
  • Working with diverse peers in small groups

Job Duties

  • Learn and communicate knowledge about King County's elections process;
  • Create civic engagement and election education content;
  • Conduct outreach with high school students;
  • Present civic education materials and engage with voters and future voters; and
  • Other administrative tasks performed as necessary

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • No previous experience in Election is required;
  • Must be able to commit at least one weekday for this internship;
  • Must have reliable transportation;
  • Must be at least 16 years old when the program begins on August 15;
  • Passion for civic education and increasing voter participation; 
  • Experience in presenting complex information in plain, accessible language
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Have current and valid identification and proof of eligibility for employment in the U.S.

Supplemental Information

Classification is based on current education enrollment; the following are classifications and hourly pay rate ranges the applicant will be considered for:

  • Intern 1 (High School Student Intern) - Compensation: $19.17 - $24.30
  • Intern 2 (Undergraduate Student Intern) - Compensation Range: $20.10 - $25.48

Working Conditions

Work Location
Interns will visit various high school campuses in King County, mainly South King County. Interns will be required to come to the King County Election Headquarters (919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057).

Travel to work locations throughout King County with limited or no public transportation services is required. A valid Washington State Driver's License is required to operate King County vehicles. 

This position is part-time (up to 5 hours per week). The hours are flexible from Aug 15th, 2024, to May 30th, 2025, with some in the office and some remote work. The intern must commit to the duration of their assignment, and be able to travel at least one day per week for presentations and trainings that take place throughout South King County.

Union Affiliation: This position is not represented.

Who May Applythis position is open to all students enrolled in high school or fulltime undergraduate programs

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. 

A complete application will have the following elements:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter that explains experience and answers the following questions: 
    • Why are you interested in this internship? (200 words max);
    • In your opinion, what excites young (or future) Voters about participating in the voting process? (200 words max); and
    • How have you engaged with your community? (If you are new to community engagement) How do you hope to engage with your community? (200 words max)
    • Tell us a little bit about your plans for the next academic year.
  • Applicants selected to move forward in the process, must be able to attend an in-person interview sometime in the last two weeks of July and will be asked to present a five-minute PowerPoint presentation on a topic of their choice.
If you need this announcement in an alternate format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process please contact King County Elections HR Analyst Jeremy Rivera at .

For questions about the internship program please contact program leads: Michael Papritz at or KC Jung at .

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