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Internship Opportunities

Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan nonprofit 501c3 social enterprise chartered in Virginia, is developing and hosting the Virginia Elections & Government Hub. This pilot state Hub is a model for our anticipated launch of 49 other state Hubs by the summer of 2020.  The Hub is an online platform that provides a place where interested citizens can go for current information about Virginia city, county, state, and federal elections and government and have the opportunity to interact with candidates, elected officials and their staff, administrators of government agencies, and other engaged citizens. 

Content Curators are tasked with helping turn the Hub into a centralized source of information on local, state, and federal politics. Tasks could include one or more of the following:

  • Coordinating the curation of politician profiles, including background information, policy positions, campaign finances, and recent news
  • Developing other content including Issue Overviews and Event posts
  • Moderating and contributing to online discussions regarding campaigns, issues, and politicians
  • Filming interviews with candidates and politicians for inclusion on the Hub
  • Supporting the development of onAir chapters in colleges and universities throughout Virginia (where applicable)

Applicants should be recent graduates or current undergraduates seeking a degree in government, communications, media, or a related field. However, insofar as people from all backgrounds and careers should be encouraged to participate in the political process, a demonstrated interest in politics and democracy is sufficient no matter one’s academic background. University students who want to intern with Democracy onAir for academic credit can apply at the beginning of an academic period, and hours will be allocated according to the requirements of each academic program. 

Internships are mostly self-directed with regular in person or online meetings. Non-credit interns can sign up at any time and commit to a minimum of one hour per week for at least one Virginia federal, state, or local profile. We would prefer interns that can commit to at least five hours per week. Since much of the internship work is done remotely, reporting agreements will be created to measure the hours that interns dedicate to the project. Interns can continue with Democracy onAir as long as the relationship with Democracy onAir is mutually beneficial. 

Internships are unpaid; however, as the network grows, interns will have an opportunity to apply for part or full-time paid positions with Democracy onAir. 

The primary internship benefits are intended to be career-enhancing:

  • Visibility in your field; potential contact with thought leaders, organizations, and potential employers
  • Skill development in political communication, media, and other position-specific opportunities such as grant-writing, video editing, and team management
  • Career opportunities with higher positions in Democracy onAir and other democracy promoting organizations
  • Flexible hours, commitments, and tasks
  • Potential for individualized projects and skill development

Democracy onAir is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

To learn more about the project, watch this video and go to the Virginia Elections & Governance Hub at 

If you have any questions, please direct them to:

Tim O’Shea, Democracy onAir Executive Director –

This post is meant to provide guidelines for the curation of individual politician profile posts as well as other post types. Hub editors and administrators can learn how to create or start new posts by going to this post.

Posts can be updated by clicking on the pen on the top right of the page after logging into your Hub account. For all post updates, ensure that you click ‘publish’ on the post before exiting the window, or all added information will be lost.

In case you have any questions or concerns, please contact Yasmin Jaramillo, Democracy onAir Content Director at:

Creating Hub Posts

Creating a Hub post requires no programming expertise. Only Hub editors and admins can create new posts. Hub editors and admins can see how authors (and they) can curate an existing post by going to Curating Hub Posts.

Notes for Editors:

  • Creating posts can only be done on a display with 1000 pixel width or greater. We highly recommend you use two large screen displays. Use the first display to view posts and other web content. Use the second display to edit a post.
  • If one starts editing a post that is in the process of being edited, notify the other editor before taking over editing the post since all their new in process edits will be deleted if not updated.
  • After completing your edits, make sure you publish them and then “View the post”. After 24 hours you will be logged out of the Hub without your knowledge and without any indication from within the edit mode.

In case you have any questions or concerns, please contact Yasmin Jaramillo, Democracy onAir Content Director at:



Discussion software/UX

"Discussions" Overview

> We are adapting BBPress software to enable having topic based "Discussions" for EACH post.

> "Forums" is a word only used by Hub admins. Each post has its own forum e.g. "David Bulova Forum" with at least one default topic called "General". New topics within each post can only be created by Hub Admins within the Dashboard.

Note: There are no hub-wide forums although "Issue" posts can be viewed as hub-wide forums.

Suggested Action items

1- Change Feedback > "Forum" to "Discussions" sub-heading

2- If possible, automatically create a Forum for each post with its post title as its Forum name and have one default topic "General".

3- Implement, if possible, suggested topic headings for post types (see below and in slide)


This post is meant to provide guidelines for how Democracy onAir determines the permissibility and impermissibility of speech and content on the Virginia Elections & Governance Hub and future hubs. These principles are meant to encourage civil and honest discourse without allowing for harassment or threats to personal safety. In case of any questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director Tim O’Shea at .

All content in this site is under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial license which permits content sharing and adaptation as long as proper attribution is given to its author(s) and is used for non-commercial purposes.

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