About the Organization:

The People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, focused on bringing Americans together to find common ground around nonpartisan policy reforms. Our organization embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. The People is a nonpartisan organization, and as such is looking for candidates who are able to work directly and respectfully with people from across the political spectrum without bias. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About the Role:

The People is a completely remote team, so the Policy Project Development Intern must be a driven self-starter, able to work successfully with minimal virtual oversight. This role will report to the Development Director. The remote nature of the organization and our national network also requires flexibility to adjust and develop new policies and procedures based on best practices and the needs of the team. 

This is an UNPAID internship. Please indicate in your cover letter if you intend to use this internship as a requirement for credit for your college/university.


  • Collaborate with Development Director on the overall design and implementation of The People’s Playbook: from Frustration to Action, which is designed to be a resource for how everyday people can determine what the root causes of why their government is being unresponsive to their needs, what a solution may be, how to build a team across your state and how to implement an action plan to make a change. This document demystifies the process of making change.
  • Assist in building a user friendly workbook to accompany our Playbook for state reformers. This includes designing a format, building sections, creating graphics and user friendly modules, and producing this workbook on a digital platform.
  • Design a playbook which is visually appealing and easy to navigate
  • Develop a resource guide for data sources on accountability, responsiveness, and civic participation
  • Evaluate other nonprofit democracy reform organizations’ existing resources, handbooks, papers, learning modules and guides 
  • Conduct research on electoral reform subjects
  • Conduct research on a state by state basis on the avenues of making election system political change available to citizens
  • Review and evaluate The People’s existing organizing training materials 
  • Explore online presentation options for playbook and workbook, hosted by The People, accessible for volunteers to use


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An eye for graphic design 
  • Professional problem solving skills
  • Organizational ability
  • Familiar with online publication
  • Professional research capabilities to read, and write summaries of research 
  • Capacity to quickly understand The People’s mission, philosophy, work, and model
  • Ability to take The People’s mission, philosophy, work, and model and implement these throughout the workbook. 


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required 
  • Some college experience desired for this position in public policy research, political science, graphic design, communications, or other related fields.

Working Schedule:

  • Minimum of 10 hrs/week with a flexible schedule
  • The internship program will begin September 8th 2020 and run through December 4th 2020.
  • If desired by the candidate, Internship may be extended on a case by case basis

Computer Skills:

To perform this internship successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Gmail, Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. This project will have a visual component, so this internship requires someone with a design eye, an understanding for bringing graphic design into a google document to ease navigation.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter highlighting any experience in policy research, developing a user friendly guide and accompanying workbook or any skill related work or past projects/papers to info@thepeople.org by 08/01/2020 at 5 pm (Eastern).


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2681 Cecil Street, Chicago, IL 60606




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