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Year-round Communications Fellow & 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 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, using new media techniques and storytelling in the world of activism. 2021 is a critical year for winning positive policies that need to be in place before the next election cycle.

What will you learn?

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

In the process, fellows interact with Democracy NC organizing staff and interns, 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 in communicating with diverse communities
  • An interest in 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 four communications fellows for Summer 2021. Fellows must be able to work digitally/remotely up to 40 hours per week, including special 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 $4,800.

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 samples of your work portfolio to, with the subject line “Summer Communications Fellowship”.

Apply Online

Submit your online application by April 18, 2021

2020 Summer Communications Fellow - Lumiere Rostick

The Communications Fellowship was such an incredible experience to help me hone my skills for my leap into a career that combined activism and media. Even while working in the virtual space, I gained an understanding of how the two intertwine so seamlessly through Instagram campaigns, video production, eye-catching design, and partnerships with other dedicated organizations. Working with Democracy NC staff and other Fellows gave me the guidance and confidence to continue working for social justice in my next job with