NU Votes is seeking motivated undergraduate and graduate students to serve as NU Votes Ambassadors for the 2020 General Election. Engage in this meaningful, hands-on opportunity to contribute to the political process, and build experience and skills in political organizing and voter engagement.
The 2020 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd, for President, most of Congress, most state legislators, and more. Northwestern students have the opportunity to make an impact this election season, by voting in Illinois or in their home states, and by educating and motivating other students to vote.
Northwestern recorded award-winning voter turnout in 2016, and a 133% increase in our midterm turnout in 2018. Become an NU Votes Ambassador to help us break more records in 2020, and empower your peers to make their voices heard!
- Participate in NU Votes Ambassador training prior to the start of classes, as well as periodic check-in meetings throughout Fall Quarter
- Volunteer approximately 2–4 hours/week from mid-September through early November
- Be a visible presence for NU Votes within the campus community, and support marketing efforts via email, advertising, and social media
- Present information about the election in classes, student group meetings, events, etc.
- Initiate 1-on-1 conversations with your peers about registering and voting
- Organize voter education and turnout events (speakers, discussions, ballot parties, and more)
Note: While we understand much is unknown about what the fall will look like, the 2020 election will still be happening, and NU Votes will still do everything we can to promote voter turnout. As a result, while some or all of these activities may take place remotely, the core Ambassador role and responsibilities will remain the same, regardless of the circumstances.
- Foster a culture of civic engagement on campus and help make Northwestern’s voter turnout the best in the nation
- Learn best practices in voter registration, education, and turnout to implement in your student groups and networks
- Build hands-on experience with marketing, organizing, and political engagement
- Receive exclusive NU Votes merchandise, free food, thank you gifts and other giveaways, and more
If students are on campus in the fall, NU Votes may be hiring for paid NU Votes Staff roles in Fall Quarter; Ambassadors are invited to apply to these positions as well. NU Votes Staff receive training on registration and voting in all 50 states, work voter services stations across campus, process registration and absentee ballot request forms, and support other voter turnout activities and events. NU Votes Staff must participate in an additional training and be available to work half-day shifts, up to 6–10 hours/week, from mid-September through early November. If you are interested in staff opportunities, indicate that in your ambassador application and include your resume.
Who Should Apply?
We are seeking NU Votes Ambassadors that reflect the diversity of Northwestern students. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, initiative, and organizational and leadership skills are desired. Previous experience with voter registration, education or turnout efforts, or other civic or political engagement is helpful but not necessary. Eligibility to vote in the U.S. is not required. Above all, we are seeking students who are passionate about engaging their peers in the upcoming election. Does this sound like you?
Apply by Monday, June 1st for full consideration. Applications will be accepted and considered throughout the summer as space permits.