Dear Friend,
Please email this information on our paid on-campus internship to students and others on your campus. We are now accepting applications.


Since 2001 the Democracy Matters Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit national organization, has offered paid internships to undergraduates on seventy or more campuses each year. DM interns work on their own campus during the academic year to educate and involve students and faculty in deepening democracy. Democracy Matters students organize forums, discussion groups, debates, and movie series. They engage in voter registration drives, petition campaigns and other projects to emphasize the importance of everyone’s voice being heard in a democracy. The role of private money in election campaigns and the alternative of public financing for campaigns is an important focus.
Democracy Matters' field staff trains and mentors students in grassroots organizing. We also provide materials, offer presentations from our extensive Speaker’s Bureau, and give on-going support and guidance to student organizers. DM students attend a yearly National Student Summit where they meet experts in the field of pro-democracy reform. There they share best practices and network with students from other campuses.
We offer one internship on each campus and welcome applications from your students (email to or apply online.) Applications should include a resume and a cover letter explaining why they would like to participate in the Democracy Matters program. More information is available on our website.
Please disseminate this information widely at your college or university so that students may learn of and apply for this exciting opportunity.
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Want a job that lets you make a difference?
Work on your campus as a PAID INTERN
Democracy Matters - a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to giving students a voice in pro-democracy issues - is offering paid part-time internships during the academic year from September through May. Democracy Matters interns:
Learn the skills of political organizing for social change…Create a Democracy Matters chapter on campus…Build coalitions of student activists on campus...Organize teach-ins on money in politics...Run workshops in local high schools...Receive training and year-round mentoring from experienced DM staff…Coordinate with other colleges in sponsoring reform legislation...Lobby and educate elected officials about campaign finance reform...Run petition drives and door-to-door canvasses to educate students on the issue of money in politics.
Democracy Matters provides undergraduate interns with a stipend of $500 per semester, professional support, a wide range of materials, funding for campus activities, and opportunities to participate in regional and national conferences.
Applicants should have a commitment to social change and some organizing experience. No expertise in campaign finance reform is required. Forward your resume and a cover letter to or apply online.
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A Message From our Founder

I started Democracy Matters in 2001 to help students fight for progressive change by standing up to big money interests corrupting our democracy.
Our non-partisan student internships include 70+ campuses each year nationwide, making links with advocates for the environment, civil rights, higher education, and other critical issues.
Don't miss this great opportunity to help change elections - and change America.
Adonal Foyle, Founder and President of Democracy Matters
13-year NBA veteran and a Sport Psychology Consultant
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Research Training Reminder - Strategic Corporate Research Summer School


For students that are interested in applying to the Strategic Corporate Research Summer School at Cornell University, the deadline to apply is approaching. Please see below:


Apply by May 17 for Union Researcher Training in June  


This is a reminder that the application deadline for the Strategic Corporate Research Summer School is May 17.  The class is sponsored by the AFL-CIO and Cornell University and it will take place on June 9-14, 2013 in Ithaca, New York.  The course (credit or non-credit) is designed for undergrads, grad students and others who are interested in working as union campaign researchers.  Scholarships are available based on need if taking the course for credit.  To access the online application link and obtain other information, go to or contact Kate Bronfenbrenner at (607) 254-4749 or



C. West


815 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006


The priority deadline for the Fall 2013 Capital Semester in Washington, DC is coming up on April 15.


You will soon be receiving a brochure in the mail with further details on the programs, but in the meantime, please forward the announcement below to students who may be interested.


Students will earn 12 credits and are guaranteed an internship in the fields of public policy, international affairs, business, or the nonprofit sector. More information on our programs may also be found online at Please encourage students to apply for the priority application deadline of April 15 to receive special scholarship consideration.


Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, I may be reached at or 202.986.0384.




Dana Faught

Recruitment and Admissions Manager

U.S. Programs

The Fund for American Studies




Capital Semester in Washington, DC

August 28 – December 14, 2013


*Guaranteed Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing in DC

*Priority Deadline: April 15, 2013

*Scholarship Funding Available


Spend a semester interning in the nation’s capital and gain that competitive edge. Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college. The Capital Semester program, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit from George Mason University, and furnished housing conveniently located on Capitol Hill. Students also benefit from networking events, exclusive briefings, and guest speakers.



We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with over 300 different federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, government relations offices, and nonprofit organizations.


Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.


“During my semester in DC I was able to pursue my interest in healthcare policy by working with company leaders at my internship site, attending special events and meetings, and interacting with Congressmen. The Capital Semester program was an all around incredible learning experience.”

Michael McPhie, Utah State University
Intern, Healthcare Leadership Council


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of June 1, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the priority deadline of April 15, 2013 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as internship placement.


For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to Dana Faught at or 202.986.0384.