Opportunities & Internships

HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.

We offer many volunteer opportunities in various aspects of the organization. See specific opportunities below.

Team Leader

HeadCount is adding Team Leaders all across the country. Team Leaders are the heart and soul of HeadCount, and are the people most responsible for registering thousands of voters at concerts. They represent the organization any time a HeadCount-affiliated artist appears in the team’s metropolitan area. This means organizing and scheduling teams of volunteers (using HeadCount’s Intranet database), training new volunteers, and managing the entire process of setting up a voter registration table at an event. It also involves directly interfacing with staff at local concert venues and tour production crews from our affiliated bands. Team Leaders must be reliable, professional, and good communicators. Most of all, they need to inspire volunteers to work together toward a common goal. If you love music and consider yourself a natural leader, this may be the position for you.

This is considered a volunteer position, but Team Leaders are eligible for a yearly performance-based stipend of up to $1,000.

Requirements

  • Strong work ethic, maturity and sense of accountability
  • Flexible schedule allowing them to be on site at concerts before doors open
  • Natural leadership ability
  • Commitment to following protocol
  • Relevant leadership experience

To apply, please register as a volunteer by clicking HERE and be sure to check off that you are interested in a leadership position. In addition, email a brief cover letter and resume under the subject line “Team Leader” to [email protected].

Touring Team Representative

HeadCount sends volunteers on tour with bands like Dave Matthews Band, Phish, and many others. These positions involve going to every show on a concert tour and registering voters while also training and organizing local volunteers. These are volunteer positions, but all your expenses are paid. It’s an amazing way to see America, experience a music tour and be a good citizen.

Volunteer position, with travel expenses and per diem provided by HeadCount.

Requirements

  • Strong work ethic, maturity and sense of accountability
  • Some experience volunteering for HeadCount or equivalent
  • Natural leadership ability
  • Commitment to following protocol
  • Outgoing and comfortable approaching people

To apply, email a brief cover letter and resume under the subject line “Touring Teams” to [email protected].

Regional Coordinator

We currently have a Regional Coordinator position open for the WEST COAST Region.

Regional coordinators oversee 5 to 8 “Team Leaders.” They organize, motivate, recruit, train, and manage individuals spread across a region of the U.S., and serve as the key liaison between HeadCount and our representatives in the field. This is primarily a phone and e-mail-oriented position, but we encourage Regional Coordinators to join us at festivals and occasionally travel to other cities to train new Team Leaders. This position requires people who are proactive, thorough and enjoy leading others.

This is considered a volunteer position, but Regional Coordinators are eligible for a yearly performance-based stipend of up to $1,000.

Regional.Coordinator.Post

Requirements

  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Strong work ethic, maturity and sense of accountability
  • About 4 to 8 hours per week of availability for phone and email communication
  • Being self-motivated and thorough
  • Passion for voter engagement and
  • Relevant leadership experience

To apply, please register as a volunteer by clicking HERE and be sure to check off that you are interested in a leadership position. In addition, email a brief cover letter and resume under the subject line “Regional Coordinator” to [email protected].

Music and Politics Internship

Students with an interest in politics, music or grassroots organizing can channel their passions by interning with HeadCount. This is an opportunity to get invaluable hand-on experience and make an important contribution to a dynamic and growing organization. Our interns work side-by-side with seasoned staffers and play an important role from day one. Many of our interns have been offered and accepted full-time position with HeadCount and others have landed jobs within the music industry and at other non-profits.

Responsibilities

  • Attending concerts and registering voters
  • Content creation (blogging, drafting and proofreading documents, social media, creating excel data sheets, research, compiling music playlists)
  • Grassroots and community outreach (volunteer program planning, conference calls)
  • Artist relations (identifying potential artist partners, tracking concert schedules, coordinating events)
  • Voter registration administration (researching election dates and deadlines, routing voter registration forms to election boards, communicating directly with voters)
  • General non-profit management and administration.

College credit is available. Requires a minimum of 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, during business hours. Our office is located in the Garment District of Manhattan.

Qualifications

  • Student working towards a degree in related field
  • Nonprofit or social activist experience a plus
  • Proficiency required in MS Office programs
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills required

Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “HeadCount Intern” in the subject line.

Field Internship

HeadCount.org, a non-profit organization that stages large scale voter registration drives at concerts and other public gatherings, offers field internships to college students interested in political organizing. We provide a unique opportunity to learn leadership and organizing skills, while mobilizing fellow students and also experiencing great music!

Interns will set up voter registration tables at their campuses and educate their campus community about voting regulations that affect students, while also working directly with local concert venues and concert promoters to stage voter registration at live music events. You will be closely supervised via weekly check-in calls and a structured itinerary, but also have the freedom to manage your time independently and take a unique, original approach to leadership.

Responsibilities

  • Lead 12-15 voter registration drives at local concerts or campus events
  • Learn local and national voter registration guidelines
  • Participate in weekly conference calls
  • Communicate directly with school officials to obtain authorization for all on-campus activity
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Be responsible for voter registration forms and their submission
  • Create educational resources to inform campus on local elections and other voter information
  • Participate in HeadCount’s digital media efforts

Qualifications

  • Student working towards a degree in related field
  • Minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Strong work ethic, maturity and accountability
  • Natural leadership ability
  • Ability to organize peers

Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents)
to [email protected] with “HeadCount Field Intern” in the subject line.

Public Relations Intern

Public Relations Interns will work with reporters, PR firms and electronic media outlets to help spread the message about voter registration and the HeadCount organization. Our PR interns get first hand experience on the front lines.

Responsibilities

  • Following up on media requests and interfacing with reporters
  • Tracking media hits and outreach
  • Tweeting and making Facebook posts
  • Blogging
  • Supporting HeadCount’s PR agency
  • Working with artists

Qualifications

  • Interest in PR as a career
  • Some background in PR or media
  • Enthusiasm
  • Strong organizing skills

Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “HeadCount Intern” in the subject line.

Editorial Intern

Editorial inters at HeadCount get hands-on writing experience and frequent bylines in the HeadCount blog, while also drafting content for social media and other platforms. They work alongside staffers with years of professional writing experience and get direct feedback about their writing and editorial skills. They also get experience in other aspects of the HeadCount organization.

Responsibilities

  • Content creation (blogging, drafting and proofreading documents, creating excel data sheets, performing research)
  • Drafting and selecting social media content
  • Tracking various media
  • Long-term editorial projects
  • General nonprofit management and administration

College credit is available. Interns must be willing and able to work at least 15 hours (Fall and Spring) or 30 hours (Summer) per week, generally during business hours. Our office is located in the Garment District of Manhattan.

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing skills and samples
  • Student working towards a degree in related field
  • Nonprofit or social activist experience a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills required

Please reply with a cover letter and resume (as attached documents) to [email protected] with “Editorial Intern” in the subject line.

Web Development And Digital Media Intern

Internships are available with HeadCount to assist with the development of HeadCount’s online presence and digital media strategy. Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Maintenance and design of the www.HeadCount.org website
  • Maintenance and design of www.HeadCount.org/blog
  • Assisting with the development of a proactive digital media strategy
  • Utilizing digital media assets as a political and community organizing tool
  • Creation of Web Banners and other online marketing tools
  • Managing, creating and sending regular electronic mailers
  • Initiating creative media projects and managing their implementation
  • Development of digital media content for Facebook, Twitter and other Web platforms

Requirements

  • Experience in HTML
  • Experience with WordPress
  • CSS, and JavaScript. PHP or Flash Experience a plus

Qualifications

  • Strong organizing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work at least 15 hours a week
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to produce concrete results with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team

Details

This is an unpaid internship but college credit is available. Intern must be located in New York City or be able to work from a remote locations. This is excellent opportunity to hone your digital media skills while gaining valuable and high-profile experience in the political, music or nonprofit arenas. To apply please send your cover letter and resume as attachments to [email protected].

WordPress Developer

HeadCount is searching for a WordPress Developer to aid in our ongoing digital media efforts. Paid, contract work available. Longterm working relationship desired. The WordPress Developer will work to maintain and update headcount.org in WordPress. He or she will be expected to install, configure and modify plugins as needed. The ideal candidate will also be made responsible for managing our servers.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Experience with WordPress
  • Experience with PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Experience in integration with third party social media sites (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to produce concrete results with minimal supervision

Other Preferred Skills

  • Social Media
  • SEO

Please email HeadCount Managing Director Laurie [email protected] the subject line “WordPress Developer”.

Graphic Designer

HeadCount is looking for graphic designers to assist with the design of materials, including banners, brochures, identity and other printed promotional items. This is a Volunteer position.

Requirements

  • Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator and other design software
  • Skilled in design, layout and typography
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and commitment to HeadCount’s goals
  • Understanding of print and print production. Ability to set up files for optimal print results
  • High level of organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines

Email brief cover letter and resume under the subject line “Graphic Designer” to [email protected].

Field Volunteer

Field Volunteers are the driving force behind HeadCount. Since our launch in 2004, thousands of music fans have signed on to help register voters at concerts and encourage participation in democracy. As the true frontline warriors in the fight for democracy, volunteers must be enthusiastic, good communicators and most of all reliable. They also must be willing to miss part (or, in some cases, all) of a concert and make HeadCount’s activities their priority the night of an event.

*This is a volunteer position

Requirements

  • Maturity, strong work ethic and responsibility
  • Enthusiasm
  • Willingness to proactively register voters, which includes approaching people directly and asking them to register to vote
  • Willingness to learn voter registration rules and participate in HeadCount training
  • Ability to arrive at venue before doors open to the public on nights you are volunteering, and miss portions or (in rare cases) all of the live music performance

To apply, please register as a volunteer by clicking HERE and follow instructions upon receiving email response.