As Alliance for a Better Utah works to build a better state for all who live here, we are dedicated to helping students gain experiences and skills that will enable them to work with the rest of their generation to continue working for progress in our communities, state, and nation. Alliance for a Better Utah is looking for interns with a passion for civic engagement and social justice.
Our interns are involved in all core activities of the Better Utah team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. Working with the staff, interns help develop and implement strategy and messaging that help make Utah a better place by bringing balance to political discourse. Additionally, interns have the chance to network with other advocacy organizations, elected leaders, and other influential Utahns throughout the state.
While our focus changes day-to-day, past interns have had the opportunities to work on the following issues: voting rights, campaign finance, healthcare, education funding, public lands, ethics, LGBT equality, reproductive rights, redistricting, government transparency, among many others. And even though we may not be working on particular issue during one’s internship, we encourage all interns to focus on issues and policies important to them by contributing to our blog or publishing an OpEd.
Better Utah believes our state is strengthened through diversity and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.
Karen Shepherd Internship for Ethics and Good Government
Founded by former U.S. Representative Karen Shepherd, the Karen Shepherd Intern program funded local campaign interns in Utah for nearly two decades, making it one of the most prolific intern programs in Utah politics. Today, Shepherd’s emphasis on ethics and public service gets new life as the Karen Shepherd Internship for Ethics and Good Government, now housed in the non-partisan, Alliance for a Better Utah. Shepherd’s name has been, and remains, a symbol of statesmanship and an important expression of the power of civic engagement to make Utah a better place for all Utahns, independent of political affiliation.