MASS LBP Internship Program: Frequently Asked Questions
Why work here?
MASS LBP is staffed by smart, creative people who are interested in the future of democracy and share a passion for better politics. Each of us has a unique background and sensibility that influences our approach to our work. We value interdisciplinarity and rely on a broad range of skills that include strategy, communications, logistics, research, facilitation and public programming.
Because of the nature of our work, MASS LBP is impeccably non-partisan. Staff members each share and respect this ethos.
Who are we looking for?
We need bright, energetic people who want to work with a company that is changing the way public decisions are made. Although there are no specific prerequisites, candidates are typically interested in some combination of current affairs, politics, sociology, law, systems design, and public policy.
Ideal candidates want to become better acclimatized to working in a fast-paced business environment and are able to thrive in an open workplace where people are expected to muck in, speak up, and champion their ideas while working either collaboratively or independently.
Previous professional experience in similar fields is not a requirement. Interns who do have similar professional experience will have opportunities to learn about MASS’s public consultation techniques, but often find they have already encountered some of the day-to-day tasks they are asked to perform. Though more experienced candidates are welcome to apply, we select interns because we believe they have a great deal to gain from time at MASS, not necessarily because they are the most qualified applicant.
Will this lead to a job?
No. It's important to be clear about what you can expect. You should think of your internship with MASS as an opportunity for professional development, not step one to securing a staff position. When you join MASS as an intern, you should already be thinking about where it can lead and where you'll head next.
Will I get paid?
Yes. All interns are placed on a 12-16 week paid contract and earn $11.25/hr to a maximum of 35 hours per week or $1,575 per month. Though modest, we are committed to ensuring that all suitable candidates will be able to take up an internship irrespective of their financial means. Your financial needs are not considered during the application process. If you are selected, we will work with you to ensure that you’re able to take up this opportunity.
What should I do now?
Candidates should complete the online form here attaching a detailed cover letter and resume.
Reference letters can come from former employers, teachers, professors, and/or mentors. Have your referees submit their letters online here.
In your cover letter, indicate in considerable detail what you would bring to MASS LBP and why you’d like to work with and learn from us. We generally place more emphasis on the skillfulness of your letter and our sense of 'fit' than the details or length of your CV. Take some time to tell us about your studies and any past work or life experiences that you think help explain your motivation and that match the ethos of our company. Tell us about the ideas that interest you, whether they concern current affairs, public policy, civic design, or politics more generally, and the skills you hope to develop while at MASS LBP.
All applications and reference letters must be received by 1:00pm (EST) sharp Monday, August 15, 2016.
Interviews will take place within the following week, and successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.
For more information or questions about the application process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the volume of inquiries, please refrain from calling our office.