The application process for ALL 2022-2023 Mississippi Votes' Fellowships has officially begun! Please share these amazing opportunities with any and all young people in Mississippi that are interested in making a real difference.
For questions about the any of our fellowship opportunities, please contact our Programs Manager, Velvet Johnson, at email@example.com or give her a call at 601-589-0732.
MS Votes’ Democracy in Action Fellowship is a 10 month program that engages, enrichens, and empowers young people attending Mississippi’s colleges and universities. Democracy in Action Fellows are tasked with the grand responsibility of not just registering their peers to vote, but also engaging their peers in real ways that allow them to see themselves as part of the larger vision for democracy. The research and goal of this fellowship aims to amplify the mission of MS Votes by investing in the leadership of young Mississippi. Fellows will learn skills such as grassroots organizing, communications, data management and much more. Democracy in Action Fellows will deepen their political analysis through readings, training, resources and opportunities unique to their geography and experience.
Our fellows are responsible for hosting forums and events that enlighten, empower, and engage their peers to not only register to vote, but to be informed about the political processes and their local government. Our students will experience direct work relationships with their local and state representatives as they are engaged in legislative work and issues. Our students are the Ambassadors of Change on the campuses of their college or university. This program helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders on college campuses across the state of Mississippi to engage students in national, state, and local elections. Our powerful resources and communally crafted approach to organizing helps us give our students and their campuses the tools they need to not only register young voters but turn them out to vote on election days. Of the 17 colleges and universities in Mississippi, Mississippi Votes has fellows on 12 of those campuses and one of them is YOURS!
- Must be enrolled at a Mississippi college or university
- Must be registered to vote in Mississippi
- An interest in grassroots organizing and voter registration/voter education;
- Demonstrate a commitment to educating peers about the importance of registering to vote and becoming an informed voter;
- A self-starter who takes initiative to develop and implement their work plans;
- Flexible with time commitments and able to put in an average of at least 10 hours a week through April
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Host at least three (3) forums per semester (i.e. voter registration training, volunteer training, “Why Local Elections Matter” forum etc.)
- Organize GOTV effort on campus (i.e. walk to the polls, pizza and polls…)
- Adopt MSV’s #Up2US Campaign (Ex. #up2usjsu #up2usmsu #up2ususm)
- Partner with other student groups doing civic engagement work (i.e. voter registration drives)
- Complete at least 5 hours of community service per semester.
- Attend at least one of MS Votes’ scheduled Legislative Days
- Schedule Bi-Weekly Check Ins with MSV Youth Civic Engagement Coordinator
- Submit end of semester report to Youth Civic Engagement Coordinator
- Fellows that are chosen must be able to attend orientation in person and any other events that may need to be in person throughout the duration of the fellowship.
Hours Per Week:
- Minimum of 10 hours per week
-Must complete 2 hours of political education and document them to YCE coordinator (i.e attend MS Votes' events and/or partner events, PE events on campus or in campus community e.g., townhalls, council meetings, public forums etc)
The application for DIA will be open from February 4, 2022 - May 7, 2022
Interviews will be held between May 16,2022 - May 19, 2022
Final selections will be made and notified by May 23, 2022
Fellowship Term: August 1, 2022 – May 20, 2023
*You must have a google account to fill out this form. Please email YCE@msvotes.org if you have questions.
The MS Votes Executive Director’s Interns will have a unique opportunity to work alongside the Executive Director of Mississippi Votes and the MS Votes Leadership Team. They will develop experience working on a wide variety of projects, gain exposure to a fast-paced, collaborative environment, work side-by-side with a highly experienced Executive Director, organize and attend company meetings and networking events, and much more!
Duties and Responsibilities
35% of the responsibilities are clerical/administrative; 35% is special projects;
30% is training and leadership development
- Answer phone inquiries, direct calls, and provide basic information; oversee mail deliveries, packages, and couriers
- Perform clerical duties, take memos, maintain files, and organize documents; photocopy, fax, etc. as needed
- Assist in preparing information and research materials; create and maintain PowerPoint presentations
- Take notes and memos during meetings; type documents, drafts, and reports; sort and manage files
- Run general operations related errands
- Manage databases and input information, data, and records
- Set up, break down, organize, and maintain conference rooms, training rooms, and meeting rooms; update company calendars
- Attend organization functions and networking events
- Update and post supervised social media and website content; respond to web correspondence, social media posts and emails
- Manage Already Existing Pop-Up Voter Registration Events
- Coordinate and/or assist with special projects as assigned
- Develop experience working on a wide variety of projects
- Gain exposure to a fast-paced, collaborative office environment
- Work side-by-side with Executive Director and Leadership Team of youth civic engagement organization
- Organize and attend company meetings and networking events
- 24 office hours per week; office hours are between 9 am - 5 pm weekdays (schedules are approved through MS Votes’ Executive Assistant each week; some work may be done virtually)
- Attend at least 2 weekend activities/events (must coordinate with MS Votes’ Executive Assistant)
- Task oriented
- Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
- Exceptional collaborative learning style
- Commitment to the mission of the MS Votes
Q: How much is the stipend and how often will I be paid?
A: The Executive Director Interns get paid bi-weekly and hourly.
Q: What if I already have knowledge of the training being offered? Do I have to attend?
A: All training sessions are mandatory! You never know what ideas could spark during a training session.
Required Readings & Writing
The political education of young people is a core value of MS Votes. Interns may be required to engage in reading circles with the MS Votes team but surely the Executive Director. Fellows may also be asked to produce at least blog pieces for MS Votes’ blog site and for public consumption during the duration of their internship.
Opportunities for Growth
Mississippi Votes’ commitment to the development of young people is true and vast. As opportunities present themselves, MS Votes will oblige any other development requests interns may have.