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Podcast show-runner Alyssa Rodriguez speaks with guest Hillary Teoyotl about the Latinx vote.

During a 10-week paid internship, Democracy NC Communications Fellows receive vital skills that they can use to work for positive social change, while also furthering their career in communications or creative media.

What is it?

For two decades, Democracy North Carolina has offered young leaders with opportunities to organize and advocate for social change through its innovative internship program, Democracy Summer.

In companion with Democracy Summer, Democracy North Carolina’s Communications Fellowship works at the intersections of communications and social change, teaching new media techniques and storytelling in the world of activism.

What will you learn?

The ten-week communications fellowship offers practical experience, including:

  • producing our existing podcast “Built By Us”
  • producing short videos to highlight our statewide work (you can see last Summer’s full-length documentary here)
  • executing social media campaigns, 
  • planning press conferences and other media opportunities,
  • supporting promotions for organizing events and actions, and
  • writing editorials, media statements, and press releases

In the process, fellows interact with civic leaders and veteran activists, work with local, state, and national media, and gain an insider’s view of the political climate and power structures in North Carolina.

Who can apply?

Preference is given to college or community college juniors and seniors or graduate students majoring in broadcasting, communications, graphic design, or journalism. However, any student is eligible to apply. The ideal applicant will have:

  • Experience with media production, media writing, and social media
  • Experience and ability communicating with diverse communities
  • An interest in and general understanding of state-level politics
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • An ability to work independently
  • A passion for social and economic justice

How does it work?

Democracy North Carolina’s communications team will select two communications fellow for Summer 2020. Interns must be able to work up to 40 hours per week plus all events held during a ten-week fellowship period, with occasional evening and weekend duties.

All students who complete the fellowship will receive a (taxable) stipend of $3,700.

Democracy North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity in the workplace. Our organization considers applicants equally of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, age, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, or prior record of arrest or conviction. We seek a workplace that reflects and respects the full range of the nation and state’s diversity.

To Apply:

1. Complete an online application.

2. Send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 your work portfolio to, with the subject line “Summer Communications Fellowship”.

Apply Online

Submit your online application by April 19, 2020.