DIY Democracy Intern

Position Details:

Job Title: DIY Democracy Intern             

Location: Montana

Start Date: January 15, 2017                 

End Date: May 15, 2017

Reports To: Deputy Director                

Positions Available: 1-3

Hours/Week: ~8 hours/week                

Credits: 3 for 150 hours of work

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2017


Organizational Overview:

Forward Montana is a homegrown, youth-led, grassroots organization working to mobilize and engage young Montanans to use the democratic process to improve their lives and the lives of their fellow Montanans.

Position Overview:

Forward Montana’s DIY Democracy Intern will work alongside 1-2 statewide partners to create a monthly ‘zine called “DIY Democracy” that provides resources to young Montanans about how to organize their peers, resist the status quo and re-invent our government.  Additionally the DIY Democracy Intern will aid in the coordination of a statewide Teach In to take place in Summer 2017. The Teach-In will focus on providing young Montanans the skills, resources and connections to build a Montana that reflects our generational values and needs.

Forward Montana is dedicated to grassroots training new leaders through hands-on activism; as such, the internship provides lots of opportunity for professional development (ie. no worries if you have no experience). Applicants should be self motivated and accountable while bringing a sense of humor to their work.


Internship responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Production & design of the monthly online DIY Democracy ‘zine

  • Curation of 1-3 essays from young Montanans that center on the selected monthly topic

  • Coordination of all logistics of the teach-in, including but not limited to: building a registration form, identifying & securing a location, building an agenda and identifying trainers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop design skills

  • Develop event planning skills

  • Understanding of effective print communication

  • Understanding of community organizing

  • Collaborating with remote project partners

  • Honed intra-organizational communication skills

Academic Requirements and Evaluations:

The intern will be reviewed at both the mid-term mark and at the end of the semester by the Deputy Director at Forward Montana and their Faculty Internship Advisor. Additionally, the intern will be required to meet weekly with the Deputy Director to assess progress, organizational goals, and professional development.

Students in all academic disciplines, women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume no later than January 10th to Kiah Abbey at Contact Kiah Abbey directly with questions at 406-672-8004.