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During a 10-week paid internship, the Democracy NC Summer Research Fellow will receive vital skills they can use to work for positive social change, while also furthering their career in policy research and data analysis.

What is it?

An opportunity for young leaders to work at the intersection of Democracy North Carolina’s research and advocacy work to promote voter participation and access and address structural barriers to civic engagement and political power for historically underrepresented groups.

What will you learn?

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

  • aiding in research reports on urgent policy priorities
  • producing research for advocacy materials
  • supporting analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • creating compelling data visualizations
  • assisting with data requests from organizers and partner organizations across the state

The research fellow will work closely with Democracy North Carolina’s Senior Researcher on several projects over the course of the summer which advance affirmative policy reforms, expose problems that disenfranchise voters, and support organizing and advocacy efforts across the state.

Who can apply?

Preference is given to college or community college juniors and seniors or graduate students. Students from a wide variety of programs may be a good fit for the position including Public Policy, Political Science, History, Women/Gender Studies, African/African Diaspora studies, Latin American/Latino/a Studies, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Statistics, Social Work, and Economics.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • experience working with qualitative and quantitative data
  • interest in developing data analysis skills and learning new platforms
  • an interest in and general understanding of state-level politics
  • strong writing and organizational skills
  • a passion for social, racial, and economic justice
  • an ability to work independently

How does it work?

Democracy North Carolina’s Research and Policy team will select one summer research fellow in 2019. Interns must be able to work in the Durham office up to 40 hours per week during a ten-week fellowship period, with potential for occasional evening and weekend duties.

All students who complete the fellowship will receive a (taxable) stipend of $3,000.

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:

Send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples to, with subject line “Summer Research Fellowship”.