MIT Public Service Center

Voter Institutionalization Fellow for TurboVote

TurboVote

Brooklyn, NY

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 wants to set a new standard for campus voter engagement. We believe that every college should provide every student with all of the information and materials necessary to vote in every election. By integrating voter engagement into bottleneck processes like class registration and freshman orientation, colleges and universities around the country can institutionalize voting and systematically engage every student. The ability to institutionalize voting is a highly leveraged tool to drive civic learning and graduate responsible citizens ready to lead in the workplace.

The MIT fellow will work with a team of students from all over the country to institutionalize voter engagement at colleges across America. The team of students will be responsible for designing and implementing a plan to get colleges to use TurboVote and incorporate the technology into bottleneck processes at universities.

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

As this is a startup, you'll get to wear a lot of hats:

Qualifications:

Time constraints

We are currently recruiting summer fellows.

Contact

Matt Cordeiro, Partnerships Associate
201-736-4928
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.

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