Overview and About PBP
Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is seeking a paid ($15/hour) program intern for fall 2019, with opportunity to extend in the new year. The internship is ideal for individuals interested in exploring the potential of participatory democracy and participatory budgeting, and gaining experience in the internal operations of a growing nonprofit.
For 10 years, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered people to participate in democracy through revolutionary civics in action. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over the money that affects their lives. We create and support PB processes in cities, schools, and public agencies across the United States and Canada to address deep community needs, develop new community leaders, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 30 cities, we have engaged over 534,000 people in deciding how to spend $337 million.
The internship is ideal for individuals interested in exploring the potential of participatory democracy and participatory budgeting and gaining experience in the internal operations of a growing nonprofit.
The Program Intern will be based in our Brooklyn location, with option for partial remote work.
Interns may be current or recent students in any relevant degree or certificate-granting program (2-year or 4-year college, graduate level, etc.), or professionals (of any educational level) who are looking to develop new skills.
- Prepare content for PB educational materials, including info sheets, facilitation materials, participant guides, powerpoint presentations, and online resources.
- Support research analysis, writing, and design of reports on opportunities for participatory practices with budgets, government offices and officials, and nonprofit organizations/networks
- Provide logistical support for interviews and educational events, including scheduling, note-taking/transcription, contact management, and event coordination.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to manage multiple projects and time
- Excellent communication skills
- Research experience, preferably on issues related to public policy, education policy, municipal finances, politics, or participatory democracy
- Experience with constituent relationship management (CRM) systems or database management a plus
- Graphic design skills a plus
- Written proficiency in another language, especially Spanish, a plus
- Demonstrated interest in public policy, political science, education, urban planning, information science, participatory democracy and/or social justice issues
PBP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, strongly committed to building a staff that represents the diversity of the communities in which we work. Interns will be paid $15/hr for approximately 20- 24 hours a week. For more information, visit our website at www.participatorybudgeting.org.
How to Apply:
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please combine application materials into a single PDF and indicate in the subject line “PBP 2019 Program Internship”. Early applications are encouraged -- applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by August 5, 2019.