The US onAir Network of Hubs is mostly managed by undergraduate and graduate students who have previously interned with Democracy onAir, the nonpartisan, nonprofit overseeing the US onAir network.
We have a special interest in working with undergraduate and graduate students majoring in government, communications, media, or a related field with a passion to improve democracy in the US and who are part of a for credit academic program. Students (and other US citizens) who want to intern with Democracy onAir this year can submit their resume along with an introductory email articulating why you are interested in being a Democracy onAir intern and include a link, if appropriate, to your relevant academic program (internship, capstone project, research project etc.) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The US onAir Network
To reinvigorate our imperiled democracy, US onAir has started 50 curated, media rich online state governance and election Hubs and a central US Hub. We are supporting the US public to become more informed about and engaged in federal, state, and local politics while facilitating more civil and positive collaboration.
Students of all ages now have a platform to better communicate with their elected officials – their goals, ideas, and projects for how to improve the lives for All of U.S.
The US onAir curators aggregate and organize the best publicly available information on federal and state governance and elections. You can learn about YOUR federal and state representatives as well as other federal and state candidates and representatives. You can also learn about the legislative committees and issues you are interested in and the nonprofit organizations promoting democracy and citizen engagement.
As an onAir member, you can participate in forum discussions in posts on Hubs that have student onAir Curators moderating the discussions to keep them civil and positive. You can also discuss your concerns and ideas as part of a live zoom meeting with representatives and candidates.
Work with your public university to engage with US onAir and and the democratic process through curating posts, moderating forums, producing online interviews and discussions as well as donating to and sponsoring the US onAir network of state Hubs.
Participate in aircast discussions that seek common ground with your fellow citizens and representatives on issues important to you.
Volunteer to a party of your choice.
To learn more about the US onAir network, go to this post.
Why become an intern?
The primary internship benefits beyond helping to reinvigorate democracy are intended to be career-enhancing:
- Fit your interests & strengths w/ our openings
- Learn about current issues, governance, & elections
- Develop your communication & technology skills
- Improve your collaboration & leadership abilities
- Interact & network w/ politicians and their staffs
- Visibility in your field; potential contact with thought leaders, organizations, and potential employers
- Career opportunities with Democracy onAir and US onAir as Hub Directors.
Internships are mostly virtual with weekly online meetings. Since most of the internship work is done remotely, students are on an honor system as to the hours they report to us. Part-time interns do not receive any monetary compensation. Significant effort is made by intern supervisors to meet the learning objectives of the intern’s academic programs.
The internship is intended to be a learning experience as much as it is a work experience. Interns will deepen their knowledge of democratic processes in individual states as well as the United States as a whole. Interns will also gain a better understanding of contemporary politics and issues, whether they are local, regional, or nationl.
- Gathering and posting information on committees and representatives in state legislatures;
- Provide up to date and relevant new articles, press releases, commentary, and more;
- Moderate forum discussion in posts that you are interested in
Aircast Producers, Directors, & Hosts
Aircasts are Zoom meetings with a host, featured guests, and an online audience livestreamed to the public and archived as YouTube videos in this Hub and YouTube channels.
- Organize and produces news and issue-related aircasts like voting rights; who interacts with aircast guests and encourages & facilitates civil non-partisan discussion during the aircast;
- Coordinate and support the production of online interviews with state and congressional representatives e.g. this interview with VA state senator Barbara Favola;
- Produce aircast on state and congressional committees e.g. this interview with members of the VA General Laws Committee;
- Produce aircasts on issues you are interested in and relevant for your state e.g. this aircast on Climate Change and Governance.
Speak Up Video Editor
Social & News Media Managers
University Chapter Organizers
State Hub Managers
- Serve as team leader for your state’s hub e.g. VA Democracy onAir;
- Outreach to other universities, organizations, and other groups in your state such as these universities;
- Start an OnAir chapter at your local university;
- Communicate with and work in tandem with other State Hubs in the US onAir Network;
- Coordinate State Hub curators and moderators.
Manage a Nation’s Hub
We are also starting onAir networks in other countries such as Ukraine onAir. After the November 8th elections in the US, there will be more intern opportunities to be part of Hubs in other countries. Contact Ani Prakesh at email@example.com to learn more about these intern opportunities.
The Internship Experience
Discussion among GMU interns from the Spring 2022 Virginia Fellows cohort.