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2019 Summer Fellowship Program

The Rhode Island Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Fellowship Program.

This summer we are offering qualified students the opportunity to gain real-world work experience and make a serious, positive impact on residents of Rhode Island.

Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university and able to work Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Past Summer Fellows at the Rhode Island Department of State have made an impact by working on exciting projects such as:

  • Developing civics and public history programming, including an exhibition about the history of suffrage in Rhode Island;
  • Attending voter information events;
  • Investigating correlations in election demographic data and presenting suggestions on improving voter turnout;
  • Assisting in developing communications materials to help increase voter turnout in the 2018 elections; and
  • Performing data analysis and laying the foundation for future business data tools.

Those participating in the Department of State's Summer Fellowship Program will work directly with experts in their field, network with state political leaders, and have opportunities to present their summer projects to Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea.

The Fellowship will run from June 10 through August 16. This year’s projects include:

  • Assisting the Department in the enhancement of its social media campaign by creating a promotional and awareness calendar and accompanying content;
  • Assisting in the development of tools to map data points to support the Business Services Division’s strategic plan (i.e. document rejection rates, customer inquiries and general website data);
  • Migrating existing State Archives virtual exhibits and developing new content to promote resources at the Rhode Island State Archives;
  • Attending voter information events;
  • Investigating correlations in election demographic data and presenting suggestions on improving voter turnout; and
  • Assisting in the preparation of the 2020 election cycle.

In addition to individual projects, summer fellows will work collaboratively on a team project that will improve how the Department of State connects Rhode Islanders and their government.

Those selected will earn $15.00 per hour and will be matched to a department based on course work, experience, and interest.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 28, 2019. All qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Apply today to begin making a positive impact on all Rhode Islanders!

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For more information contact SummerFellowship@sos.ri.gov | Tel. (401) 222-2357