Students for Justice is a paid internship program for college students. The program was founded in May 2020 to meet two urgent needs –the need to fight voter suppression and apathy, and the need to engage young people in the electoral process. Working remotely, Students for Justice interns take on a variety of projects –- communications, outreach, and community organizing— all aimed at getting out the vote. Interns develop paid social media campaigns to increase voter registration and turnout. They recruit, train, and motivate volunteers to use postcards, phone calls, and texts to contact some of the 16.5 million Americans who have been purged from the voter rolls, helping them re-establish their voter registration, and get out the vote.
In fall 2021 and 2022, our work will concentrate on North Carolina. During the fall 2021 semester, we will work on registering and motivating voters in Charlotte and Raleigh in advance of their mayoral elections. In 2022, we will focus on voter registration and getting out the vote among North Carolina communities of color statewide.
North Carolina has an open US Senate seat in 2022 and we intend to register and mobilize voters for that election. At least half of our interns in fall 2021 and 2022 will be North Carolina residents. We are currently welcoming applications for fall 2021 from college students who are from North Carolina and/or attending college in North Carolina. To learn more, click here.
Students for Justice is nonpartisan. Our mission is to empower underrepresented voters in communities of color in voter suppression states through voter registration and by providing the information needed to overcome barriers to voting. Since its inception in May 2020, Students for Justice has had 237 interns from over 30 different states and over 80 different colleges. Tracks from the three previous sessions include Team Leader, Marketing Strategist, Filmmaker, Political Organizer, and Tech Tools Consultant.
Students for Justice is an initiative of the Center for Common Ground, Virginia-based 501(c)(3).