Princeton Gerrymandering Project

PICS Organization Name
Princeton Gerrymandering Project

City/State
Princeton, New Jersey

Organization Description

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project uses data, law, and math to fight against gerrymandering in the United States. Interns will be given the chance to assist our staff in one of these fields, and to gain knowledge of redistricting, politics, and current events, in addition to a thorough grounding in the basics of statistics and electoral law.

Internship Description

Interns will focus on the fields of legal research, mathematical analysis, and data analysis during their time with us. They will also develop a working knowledge of the political landscape and the possibility of lasting change within the redistricting field. In short, they will attain a collection of skills in the practical and theoretical fields of politics.

Successful interns will join a team with varied backgrounds including field organizing, law, and math. They will gain experience with data analytics, outreach, and advocacy. Familiarity with any of these before the internship would be beneficial, but not required.

Second intern could also focus on the fields of legal research, mathematical analysis, and data analysis during their time with us. They will also develop a working knowledge of the political landscape and the possibility of lasting change within the redistricting field. In short, they will attain a collection of skills in the practical and theoretical fields of politics.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 10 10:00 am 5:30 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

There are no mandatory lists of skills -- this internship is as much a learning process as anything else.

However, it is helpful if interns should have some knowledge of, or interest in, the current field of American politics. They should have some knowledge regarding the states and legal systems therein, or the field of electoral law generally.

Knowledge of GIS, graphic design, political science, and political history would be beneficial, but not required. Finally, it would be beneficial for interns to have experience as activists, employees, or volunteers for some kind of political organization, whether a political campaign, an advocacy group, a volunteer organization, or lobbying group.

Additional Info
Princeton is a college town, and there are housing options available; we encourage students outside of Princeton to make their own accommodations.

Former Interns
Sandra Chen '23, Zack Johnson '22

Evaluation Excerpt

I believe the PGP helped educate me about gerrymandering, voter suppression, and census law, as well as help me realize the connections between gerrymandering and systemic social issues. -- Zachary Johnson '22

My work in researching and advocating against gerrymandering has important implications for systemic social change, as fair redistricting is necessary for just representation in our democracy. Additionally, I personally learned a lot about the topic through research, guest speakers, and team meetings. -- Sandra Chen '23