RISE to Vote Spring Internship


A national 501c(3), the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) informs, educates and empowers athletes and the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. RISE collaborates with organizations to provide platforms and programs for leaders in sports to have difficult conversations and produce positive change on matters of racial prejudice or discrimination and equal justice for all.

We are seeking an Intern for RISE to Vote, our nonpartisan initiative that partners with sports teams, conferences, community groups, and leagues to improve civic engagement in our nation. RISE to Vote educates professional and collegiate athletes on how to vote and why it matters, empowers them by amplifying their platform, and facilitates engagement with their fans. The right applicant will have a self-starter attitude, experience managing multiple projects simultaneously, and a deep commitment to racial equity and social justice.

This position may take on a number of diverse tasks related to non-profit program management, including communications and marketing, fundraising, and partnership development. The ideal candidate would be interested in learning more about civic engagement, racial equity, and social advocacy in sports.



  • Conduct basic research on pressing civic engagement and sports matters that informs RISE to Vote strategy and implementation
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to develop communication and marketing materials that encourage fans to vote
  • Support program fundraising through research, and initial grant writing and reporting
  • Support partnership development by managing key relations with nonprofit organizations and athletic partners



  • Previous internship or leadership experience required. Experience with non-profits preferred
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and on diverse teams of staff or volunteers
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize tasks effectively
  • Self-Starter mindset – Able to predict the next steps in a project and ask the right questions to keep the work moving forward
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • High level of confidence and friendliness
  • Deep commitment to racial equity and social justice. Experience and passion around civic engagement is preferred



  • Compensation – Position will be paid at $15/hr. Candidates should be able to work a minimum of 10-15 hours a week but additional hours are flexible.
  • Location – New York City
  • Terms of Employment – The RISE to Vote Intern will report to the RISE to Vote Director. This is a part-time positon through the end of the Spring semester (or equivalent timeline) with the possibility to extend through the summer depending on performance.



  • Please send a resume and cover letter to Eduardo Zerbe, Director of RISE to Vote at ezerbe@risetowin.org. Please include expected hours you can work per week, days you are available, and expected start and end date in your cover letter
  • Decisions will be made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged
  • RISE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community

Accessibility Assistance: If you need assistance completing the online application, please email Eduardo Zerbe at ezerbe@risetowin.org with details on how we can assist you in the process