MIT Public Service Center

Solve a major problem in voter services with TurboVote

TurboVote

http://turbovote.org

Background

TurboVote is a nonpartisan, nonprofit startup based in Brooklyn, NY. We make the voting process as awesome as renting a DVD from Netflix. You sign up, and we'll keep track of all your rules and deadlines and even send you all the forms you need, so all you have to do is sign them and drop them in the mail. It's simple. It's fun. It's democracy, made awesomer.

The Challenge

TurboVote faces a number of technical and design challenges that we need help with. This include work optimizing our interventions with voters, building crowdsourcing tools to research local elections, and building internal- and external-facing tools on our core API. Students working with us can expect to be handed significant responsibility in building solutions—sometimes from the ground up—to major problems within the organization.

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

We could use a wide variety of technical skills. General programming (Ruby on Rails especially), Amazon Mechanical Turk (or other crowdsourcing platforms), GIS, or statistics experience are particularly valuable.

We also prefer people who like breaking things; have strong opinions; and are not-so-secretly an idealist.

Time constraints

We are most interested in recruiting summer interns, but we are open to discussing term-time internships with students.

Contact

Paul Kominers, Research Director
301-219-4266
intern@turbovote.org

PSC Support

MIT students who develop projects around these ideas may apply for support from the Public Service Center's Internships program. You will first need to contact the community partner to develop your plans.

If you want to volunteer or you have funding from outside the PSC that enables you to work on this project, that's great! However, please do let us know if you work on a project you saw advertised here, even if you don't use our funds. And remember, the PSC staff are happy to advise on service projects even if we are not funding them ourselves.