Internship Position Description
Community Outreach/Marketing Intern - Registrar of Voters (unpaid internship)
Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Registrar of Voters
1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Functions of Agency/Department:
The Registrar of Voters is responsible for conducting elections in the County of Orange, the fifth largest voting jurisdiction in the United States with 1.6 million registered voters. The office has conducted more elections in a short period than at any other time in the County’s 121-year history. We are responsible for all components of election management, including voter registration; poll worker and polling place recruitment; ballot creation; voting system security; ballot processing and vote tallying; community outreach and education; and candidate services such as candidate filing and campaign finance.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters prides itself on being a leader in the international and national elections community. We work to continually innovate and create new and better ways to serve the public. We value creativity, originality, initiative, and have a strong dedication to customer service.
Interns will assist the Registrar of Voters Community Outreach Department in its community outreach and education activities. Duties may include:
- Participating in numerous community outreach events throughout the year. At these outreach events interns will proactively engage the public while representing the Registrar of Voters and promoting the department’s activities, including voter registration and poll worker recruitment.
- Assisting the public in completing voter registration affidavits, recruiting volunteers to work as poll workers in upcoming elections, and answering election & voting questions.
- Assisting in planning, organizing, and executing outreach events and activities.
- Assisting the Community Outreach Department with other tasks as needed both in the office and the community.
Community outreach events will be varied in size and nature and may require interns to:
- Staff information booths
- Guide voters through the office’s Mobile Voting Unit
- Participate in “street team” activities at different venues in the community (i.e. college campuses, concerts, sporting events)
- Walk in parades and charity walk/runs as a representative of the Registrar of Voters
- Assist with administrative and organizational tasks.
Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Ideal candidates will demonstrate the following qualifications:
- Reliable transportation is required
- Comfortable proactively approaching and talking to people of all ages and backgrounds in various settings. Must be outgoing, personable, and enthusiastic.
- Experience working in customer service, marketing, public speaking, or sales is preferred, as this position will require the individual to speak to thousands of voters individually at events.
- Applicants who are working towards a degree in business, marketing, public relations, communications, or political science are encouraged to apply.
- Possess a strong interest in the election process, voting, volunteerism, and civic engagement.
- Demonstrate a professional and positive demeanor and must be a team player, highly organized, and dependable.
- Eager to learn and complete tasks presented to him/her.
- Flexible to schedule changes and last minute assignments.
- Comfortable using Microsoft Office products, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Access.
- Comfortable using the internet. Online social networking and communication experience is a plus.
This position will require a flexible schedule and may require working in the evenings and on weekends. Intern may be asked to attend events held outside of the 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday work week.
Applicants should be available for a minimum 5 hours per week for 3 - 6 months. The office will gladly work to accommodate the intern’s school, work, and personal schedule and availability. Opportunities exist for a wide range of schedules and time commitments.
Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.
Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, students are offered an excellent opportunity to:
- Develop public relations and marketing skills through involvement in outreach activities.
- Acquire experience working in a professional office environment with highly skilled election administration officials.
- Apply skills and knowledge acquired in an academic setting to the workplace.
- Gain exposure to various community groups and populations at events and activities.
- Gain first-hand knowledge of the elections process and participate in activities that will expand understanding of different election components, such as voter registration, vote by mail, election laws and processes, and poll worker recruitment.
Intern may be required to drive his/her personal vehicle to and from outreach events. A valid state-issued driver’s license and proof of auto insurance coverage for personal injuries and property damage are required for all interns who operate a personal vehicle as part of their assignment.
The office is looking for interns who are enthusiastic, energetic, and out-going to represent the Registrar of Voters at community events. In addition to refined people-skills, we are looking for positive individuals who are team players, who are reliable and dependable, and who have a desire to participate and learn.