Summary

The US onAir Network of Hubs is managed by students who have previously interned with Democracy onAir, the nonpartisan, nonprofit overseeing US onAir.

We have a special interest in working with undergraduate and graduate students focusing in government, communications, media, or a related fields who have a passion for improving democracy in the US and who are part of a for credit academic program.  Students who want to intern with Democracy onAir this fall can submit their resume along with an introductory email articulating why you are interested in being a US onAir intern and include a link, if appropriate, to your relevant academic program (internship, capstone project, research project etc.) to: internships@onair.cc. 

About

The US onAir Network

Democracy onAir’s mission is to assist student leaders to:

  • Curate trusted information on governance … and elections and
  • Provide an online town square where we all can talk with politicians and each other to find common ground on issues and laws to strengthen their nation’s democracy

Democracy onAir with its student leaders, will be launching in late summer its US onAir network of 50 state governance and election Hubs and central US onAir Hub.  US onAir student led onAir Hubs will be supporting the US public to become more informed about and engaged in federal, state, and local politics while facilitating more civil and positive collaboration.

Students and the public now have a platform to better communicate with their elected officials – their goals, ideas, and projects for how to improve the lives for All of U.S.

LEARN. 
The US onAir curators aggregate and organize the best publicly available information on federal and state governance and elections. You can learn about YOUR federal and state representatives as well as other federal and state candidates and representatives. You can also learn about the legislative committees and issues you are interested in and the nonprofit organizations promoting democracy and citizen engagement.

DISCUSS.
As an onAir member, you can participate in forum discussions in posts on Hubs that have student onAir Curators moderating the discussions to keep them civil and positive. You can also discuss your concerns and ideas as part of a live zoom meeting with representatives and candidates.

HAVE IMPACT.
Participate in aircast discussions that seek common ground with your fellow citizens and representatives on issues important to you.

Help start and expand onAir university chapters that engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends in moderating forums, assisting in the production of aircasts, participating in online discussions as well as donating to and sponsoring the US onAir network of state Hubs.

To learn more about the US onAir network, go to this post. 

Videos

Intern Videos

Video about Interning with US onAir

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By: Paul Sullivan & Ben Murphy

Why become an intern?

The primary internship benefits beyond helping to reinvigorate democracy are intended to be career-enhancing:

  • Fit your interests & strengths w/ our openings
  • Learn about current issues, governance, & elections
  • Develop your communication & technology skills
  • Improve your collaboration & leadership abilities
  • Interact & network w/ politicians and their staffs 
  • Visibility in your field; potential contact with thought leaders, organizations, and potential employers
  • Career opportunities with Democracy onAir and US onAir as Hub Directors.
  • Have a post about yourself with PDFs and videos and place in the Hubs where you want to discovered
  • Have a positive impact on US Democracy

Internships are mostly virtual with weekly online meetings. Since most of the internship work is done remotely, students are on an honor system as to the hours they report to us. Part-time interns do not receive any monetary compensation.  Significant effort is made by intern supervisors to meet the learning objectives of the intern’s academic programs.

The internship is intended to be a learning experience as much as it is a work experience. Interns will deepen their knowledge of democratic processes in individual states as well as the United States as a whole. Interns will also gain a better understanding of contemporary politics and issues, whether they are local, regional, or national.

Opportunities

Primary internships opportunities involve curating posts, aircasting, and outreach in Hubs you are interested in. Depending on the number of hours required for an internship or project and on the interests and strengths, interns can engage in one or more of the following opportunities:

CURATING

  • Gathering and posting information on committees and representatives in congress and state legislatures;
  • Provide up to date and relevant new articles, livestreams, commentary, videos and more;
  • Moderate forum discussion in posts

AIRCASTING

Aircast Producers, Directors, & Hosts

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with a host, featured guests, and an online audience livestreamed to the public and archived as YouTube videos in this Hub and YouTube channels. Be a aircast host, director, discussant, and producer who oversees the livestreams and video production for aircasts on:

OUTREACH

Speak Up Managers & Video Editor

Managing Speak Up Contests … 1-minute videos where citizens tell their representatives what they’d like done about issues. Assist students and the public with producing and editing their 1 minute presentations.

Social & News Media Managers

Creating One minute Educational videos …  and shared on social media and onAir

University Chapter Organizers

Setting up & managing university onAir chapters to engage student volunteer curators, moderators, and discussants

More oppportunties

State Hub Managers

  • Serve as team leader for your state’s hub e.g. VA Democracy onAir;
  • Outreach to other universities, organizations, and other groups in your state such as these universities;
  • Start an OnAir chapter at your local university;
  • Communicate with and work in tandem with other State Hubs in the US onAir Network;
  • Coordinate State Hub curators and moderators.

Nation Hub Managers

We are also starting onAir networks in other countries such as Ukraine onAir. After the November 8th elections in the US, there will be more intern opportunities to be part of Hubs in other countries.  Contact Ani Prakesh at ani.prakesh@onair.cc to learn more about these intern opportunities.

Accounting Support

Help manage a Hub’s revenues and expenses and work with the nonprofit Democracy onAir.

Technology Support

Computer science and information technology students can assist with the software development behind the onAir digital democracy network platform as well as to enhance server management, cybersecurity, and user engagement/analytics efforts. Contact Scott Joy at scott.joy@onair.cc for further information.

The Internship Experience

This discussion occurred among GMU interns from the Spring 2022 Virginia Fellows cohort. It was led by Eve Armstrong, US onAir Internship Director and was part of her Sociology research practicum on how internships work for today’s youth.

The first eight minutes of the discussion were one minute videos by each intern talking about their internship experience and what they would recommend to future interns.