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During a 10-week paid internship from late May to late July, the Democracy NC Summer Research Fellow will assist Advocacy Team staff in furthering our pro-democracy agenda. The Research Fellow will develop essential skills that they can use to work for positive social change, while also furthering their career in policy research and data analysis.

What is the fellowship?
This is an opportunity for young leaders to gain valuable skills and experience at the intersection of Democracy NC’s research and advocacy work on promoting voter participation and access; addressing structural barriers to civic engagement, and building political power alongside historically marginalized groups.

What will you learn?
This ten-week research fellowship is an opportunity to gain practical experience and skills in both research and advocacy, including:

  • Collecting data in response to urgent internal and external/stakeholder requests,
  • Conducting research for key advocacy and voter education materials,
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data,
  • Drafting research reports based on urgent policy priorities, and
  • Creating compelling data visualizations.

The Research Fellow will work closely with Democracy NC’s Advocacy team on several projects over the course of the summer, focusing on advancing affirmative policy reforms, exposing issues with enfranchisement, and supporting organizing and advocacy efforts across the state. Much of the work will involve interdepartmental collaboration with Democracy NC’s Organizing and Campaigns teams.

Who can apply?

Preference is given to current students enrolled in 2-year, 4-year, or graduate programs with ties to North Carolina and/or the South. Students from a wide variety of programs may be a good fit for the position.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • Some experience working with qualitative and/or quantitative data and strong interest in developing data analysis skills and learning new platforms,
  • A general understanding of local and/or state-level politics,
  • Strong writing and organizational skills,
  • A passion for social, racial, and economic justice, and
  • An ability to work independently.

How does the fellowship work?
Democracy North Carolina’s Advocacy team will select three summer research fellows for 2021. Due to COVID-19, we plan for the fellowship to be entirely remote, so residing in the triangle over the summer is not required. If there are opportunities to safely gather in Democracy NC’s Morrisville, NC office, all in-person work will be optional for summer research fellows. Research Fellows must be able to work up to 40 hours per week during a ten-week fellowship period with the potential for occasional evening and weekend duties. As this is a full-time fellowship, students with other obligations (coursework, additional employment, or otherwise) are discouraged from applying.
All students who complete the fellowship will receive a taxable stipend of $4,800.

How To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample with the subject line “Summer Research Fellowship” to The writing sample (e.g. research papers, policy memos, political/social op-eds) should be 2-3 pages in length and the applicant should be the sole author. Excerpts from longer works are fine.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 1, 2021.

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.  

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, please contact Adrienne Kelly at