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Personal Democracy Media Seeks Research Intern; Know Anyone?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 19 2013

Since 2004, Personal Democracy Media has helped nurture a world-wide conversation about technology’s impact on government and politics, and society - providing a place to meet the people who are making that change happen, discover the tools powering the new civic conversation, spot the early trends, and to share in understanding and potentially shaping this dynamic new force. Many of those who are challenging the status quo, learned what they know, or found people to collaborate with, did so by being a part of the Personal Democracy Forum, our yearly convening.

We are currently conducting research into new ways of extending that conversation year-round, looking at related efforts that convene, educate and incubate civic and political innovation.

Job description:

We are looking for a super-sharp research assistant, interested in exploring questions of 21st century democracy, civic innovation, tech policy, political change, and organizational design.

This position could be full or part-time, reporting to PDM’s research and design lead and potentially compensated, with the right experience and skills. You would have desk space, access to meetings and discussions with some of the leaders in the field, and an opportunity to be involved deeply in our work. There may also be opportunities for longer-term full-time, paid employment, based on performance.


  • Experience in research methods, interviewing, and data collection and analysis.
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent helpful but not required.
  • A familiarity with issues related to technology, civil society, governance, politics, and policy would be helpful, but not required.
  • A familiarity with the civic tech startup landscape - or with entrepreneurship more broadly - would be helpful, but not required.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send the following materials to Anthony Russomano at anthony-at-personaldemocracy-dot-com:

  • Your CV or resume.
  • A cover letter that describes your interest in the position, and why you are well-suited to meet its demands.
  • 1 or 2 writing samples representative of your previous research activities. Please explain what the research question was, how you approached it, and the audience for these materials.