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- Research Intern, USA

Research Intern



About the Organization:


LetUSLead is a non-partisan, state-based (FL & GA), Political Action Committee. We are a fundraising committee focused on electing champions of Social Emotional Learning to state and local office. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) teaches self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Our candidates support implementation of SEL in K-12 Public Schools.


LetUSLead believes that SEL is the missing piece in public education. Plummeting statistics on student mental health, underemployment, and workforce-readiness challenge us to rethink how we prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. Comprehensive SEL in complement to fundamental academics is the missing piece, but without a seat at the table, the true potential of SEL implementation is being overlooked.


LetUSLead provides the campaign resources to committed candidates in a proactive effort to make SEL legislation and funding a policy priority.


Internship Description:


LetUSLead is seeking applicants for 2018 Spring & Summer Internships.


The Research Intern will be responsible directly to the Executive Director for detailed and in-depth research projects and will provide organizational support as needed. Research projects will typically focus on (but are not limited to) Social Emotional Learning policy, programming and statistics, state education standards, state and local political candidates and issues, and legislation tracking. This is a fabulous opportunity to work in a political start-up environment, learn about PAC management, while providing critical support to the organization.


Our organization is based in Southeast Coastal, GA – but we operate almost entirely on a remote basis except for on the ground fundraising and community education events. We welcome interns from all over the US for this remote role. Personal or professional ties to GA and FL are a plus, but are not required. You will need the ability to work from a computer with a reliable internet connection. 


Specific Duties:


Retrieve news clips and candidate financial fillings regularly;

Write memos on short term research assignments;

Collaborate with Executive Director on longer-term data gathering and research projects, deliver finished product in organized and timely manner;

Prepare candidate and opponent background research memos;

Update media, legislative, and member contact lists;

Provide organizational support as requested or necessary.





This is a great role for an undergraduate student, recent graduate, or graduate student to apply their research skills to effect change in public education. If you are self-motivated, detail-oriented, enthusiastic about learning, and a fabulous internet sleuth, then this is your gig!


Interest in political management, campaigns, political fundraising, and public education (Please remember, we are non-partisan and only focus on State and Local Elections in GA and FL for 2018.)

Exceptional research skills (precise attention to detail, top-notch critical thinking and reviewing)

Excellent time management, and organizational skills, written communication skills

Ability to take direction, work independently (prioritize, meet deadlines)

A demonstrated desire to jump in where needed

Strong interpersonal skills

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.  

Experience with professional-level research a plus (if you have this, include examples when you apply!)



Compensation: While unpaid, we can promise a chance to work directly with the founders of LetUSLead daily (including the Executive Director and Board members), shape a new and unique political organization, work with legislators and their staff, attend fundraising events with major donors and young professionals, and learn from political managers, fundraisers, and educators all dedicated to beating the next skills gap. We strongly encourage interns to apply for course credit and will strive to facilitate an educational and rewarding experience.


How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, references, and any samples of relevant experience to Alyssa Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Job posted on 17th January 2018

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