Civic Engagement Intern

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 26, 2023
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$18.44 - $24.50 Hourly


WA 98057-2906, WA

Job Type


Job Number



KCE - King County Elections


Election Outreach

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/16/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit

Z3 : KC Personnel Guidelines


King County's Department of Election's mission is to conduct accessible, secure, and accurate elections. As a leader in providing inclusive elections, KCE is focused on core values of accuracy, equity, integrity, service, teamwork, and transparency. The team at KCE is committed to ensuring all King County voters can get registered, cast their ballot, and make their voices heard. Learn more at

As we strive to "be the leader in providing inclusive elections," the Department of Elections at King County is committed to civic engagement and voter education to increase voter participation and eliminate barriers to voting. We work year-round to be the leader in providing inclusive elections. The Elections Outreach team is responsible for engaging with, educating, and registering all our communities of voters and future voters. The Civic Engagement Intern(s) will be specifically involved in reaching out to high schools in King County, with a special focus on lesser-served communities.

The Department of Elections has a great opportunity for Civic Engagement Intern(s) that will support the ongoing outreach by:
  • Working across teams to develop and implement a civic education program; and
  • Outreach to young voters, specifically within high schools in King County
Interns will also develop the following skills:
  • Public Speaking and professional written communications;
  • Working in both office and field environments;
  • Independent professional work and time management; and
  • Working with diverse peers in small groups
Job Duties
  • Learn and communicate knowledge about King County's elections process;
  • Create civic engagement and election education content;
  • Conduct outreach with high school students; and
  • Present civic education materials and engage with voters and future voters; and
  • Other administrative tasks performed as necessary
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • No previous experience in Election is required;
  • Must be at least 16 years old when the program begins on August 15;
  • Passion for civic education and increasing voter participation;
  • Experience in presenting complex information in plain, accessible language
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Have current and valid identification and proof of eligibility for employment in the U.S.
Supplemental Information

Classification is based on current education enrollment; the following are classifications and hourly pay rate ranges the applicant will be considered for:
  • Intern 1 (High School Student Intern) - Compensation Range: $18.4365 - $23.3693
  • Intern 2 (Undergraduate Student Intern) - Compensation Range: $19.3321 - $24.5045
Working Conditions
Work Location
Interns will visit various high schools in King County, mainly South King County. Also, Interns may be required to come to the King County Election Headquarters (919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057).

Travel to work locations throughout King County with limited or no public transportation services is required. A valid Washington State Driver's License is required to operate King County vehicles.

This position is part-time (5 hours per week). The hours are flexible from Aug 15th, 2023, to January 15th, 2024 , with some in the office and some remote work. The intern must commit for 5 months, starting Aug 15, 2023, until January 15, 2024.

Union Affiliation: This position is not represented.

Who May Apply: this position is open to all students enrolled in high school or fulltime undergraduate programs
To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully.

Required Application Materials: To be considered for this position, you will need to attach the following documents to your application:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter that explains experience and answers the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in this internship? (200 words max);
    • In your opinion, what excites young (or future) Voters about participating in the voting process? (200 words max); and
    • How have you engaged with your community? (If you are new to community engagement) How do you hope to engage with your community? (200 words max)
If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process please contact King County Elections HR Analyst Jeremy Rivera at .

For questions about the internship program please contact program leads: Michael Papritz at or KC Jung at .

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