Our fall interns are focused on getting out the vote in Virginia where the governor and the entire legislature are on the ballot this November. Interns work in teams of five, each led by an intern team manager promoted after doing excellent work in a previous session. The teams are focused on voter outreach through postcarding, text banking, phone banking, on-the-ground voter registration, and creating social media campaigns targeted at young people and communities of color. Each intern is also required to recruit volunteers on their college campus to multiply these efforts. Since Virginia is now considered a swing state with low voter turnout, voter mobilization will be critically important and is an opportunity for our interns to make a real difference in the election results.
We are also incredibly fortunate to be engaging 38 adult volunteer mentors who are working one-on-one with our interns. Our mentors are an impressive lot, coming from all over the country and bringing with them real-world experience across many professions. They lend their experience by helping to model job skills, sharing career advice, and providing lots of encouragement to our young democracy advocates!