NU Votes is seeking motivated undergraduate and graduate students to serve as NU Votes Ambassadors for the 2020 Primary Elections. Engage in this meaningful, hands-on opportunity to contribute to the political process, and build experience and skills in political organizing and voter engagement.
Throughout the winter and spring, states will hold primary elections to decide the major party nominees for the General Election in November 2020. This includes races for President, U.S. Representatives and Senators, Governors, other state executives and legislators, and more. Northwestern students have the opportunity to make an impact this election season, by voting here in Illinois or absentee 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 as well as periodic check-in meetings
- Volunteer approximately 2–4 hours/week throughout Winter 2020
- Be a visible presence for NU Votes on campus and support marketing efforts via email, advertising, and social media
- Present information about the elections in classes, firesides, student group meetings, events, etc.
- Initiate 1-on-1 conversations with your peers about registering and voting
- Help organize voter education and turnout events (speakers, ballot parties, trips to the polls, etc.)
- Foster a culture of 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 experience with marketing, organizing, and political engagement
- Receive exclusive NU Votes merchandise, free food, thank you gifts and other giveaways, and more
- While this position is for Winter 2020, Ambassadors will be invited to continue in their roles to support General Election turnout efforts in Fall 2020.
- Ambassadors may also have the opportunity to work as paid NU Votes Staff in Winter and/or Fall Quarter. Staff receive additional 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. Staff must participate in an additional training and be available to work half-day shifts, up to 6–10 hours/week, during Winter and/or Fall Quarter. 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. Above all, we are seeking students who are passionate about engaging their peers in the upcoming election. Does this sound like you?
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through Monday, January 20th.