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Democracy Summer interns get vital, real-world experience in organizing and advocacy. In 2019, students lobbied the NC Legislature for five positive policies that would strengthen voting rights. As a result, we won back the popular last Saturday of Early Voting! In 2020, interns innovated the digital advocacy space by preparing voters online for the 2020 General Election.

Each year, we transform outstanding students into frontline advocates for democracy.

Democracy Summer is an innovative internship program that exposes young leaders to new ideas and political movements, teaching them how to organize people around a shared vision for a better democracy in our state. The program also equips young people with lifelong skills that they can use to work for positive social change in their communities.  2021 will be a crucial year for advocacy around redistricting and solidifying the pandemic-related elections reforms we won in 2020. 

Apply Now — Deadline is Friday, March 12th, 2021.

  1. Complete the on-line application (details below), AND
  2. Send a cover letter and resume to

Program Overview

Every summer, Democracy NC — a nonpartisan organization that seeks to increase voter participation — hires undergraduate students from NC community colleges, colleges, and universities to work as paid student organizers for nine weeks under the guidance of an experienced Democracy NC organizer. Students work in organizing teams of two in concurrence with our organizing regions for the state. However, with the pandemic still going on, this internship will be remote and mostly digital.

Student organizers work full-time (including some evenings and weekends) from late May to late July and earn a (taxable) stipend of $3,700 for the summer.

This is a full-time job, so students taking summer classes or have other, part-time work cannot realistically participate in the program.

“I want to thank Democracy NC because I see how much I've grown as a leader and an organizer, & I'm proud of myself for stepping out from behind the scenes to fight for what's right.” –Khalil J. Cobb, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Democracy Summer starts with a mandatory training retreat. Then, student organizers work digitally in their region organizing for social change. They interact with civic leaders and veteran activists, meet elected officials, experience working with the media, and gain an insider’s view of the political climate, legislative process, and power structure in North Carolina.


Who Can Apply

Students must be able to participate in the entire summer program to be eligible.

Democracy Summer is ideal for students interested in a career in public service, politics, a non-profit field, or community-based work. All rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in NC community colleges, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply. Because student organizers are responsible for covering their own housing, most participants apply to work in cities where they have family or other living arrangements available. The ideal applicant will have:

  • A passion for social and economic justice
  • An ability to communicate with diverse groups of people
  • An interest in and a general understanding of politics
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team

How To Apply

2. Send a cover letter and resume to

Democracy Summer Application - Apply Now!

Click here to fill out the google form Democracy Summer Application
“When I moved to America from Mexico, I wanted to empower the Latinx community, who feel like their voices aren't important. It is my turn to make my new home just, diverse, and of equal opportunity to everyone. Democracy NC gave me the skills to get started.” –Veronica Fonseca, Central Piedmont Community College