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Change Politics Internship Program: Software Roles

Quorum, Washington, DC

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Change Politics Internship Program: Software Engineer Roles
Politics is bigger than just campaigns or politicians; it is how we as a society figure out how we’re going to work together. Politics is a non-profit mobilizing its members to support a cause; it is employees receiving an email from their CEO explaining the impact the company is having on an industry; it is informed citizens knowing everything their representatives are saying and not saying. Politics is the laws, norms, and rule-making system that impacts everyone’s lives every day.

At Quorum, we believe that change is best achieved when all parties have access to the information, technology, and relationships they need to make a difference. The Change Politics Internship is a 12-week, paid summer internship program aimed at helping students from underrepresented groups gain exposure to politics and the technology sector. Our interns will work as software engineering interns within our Development Team. Each intern will be asked to lead an intern project. This internship program is demanding, full time, and requires an interest in technology and/or public affairs.

The program is open to all juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology sector, including but not limited to women/trans*/non-binary individuals, veterans, ethnic or religious minorities, first generation college students, members of the LGBTQ community, and/or individuals with disabilities.


Consistently named one of the top D.C. start-ups to watch since 2016, Quorum builds software that helps public affairs professionals work smarter and move faster. Our philosophy is people-first, whether we're supporting team members in their careers or prioritizing our clients with a best-in-class customer success program. Quorum's clients use our tools to bring a modern approach to advocacy work in Congress, all 50 state legislatures, major U.S. cities, the European Union, and more than a dozen countries.

At Quorum, we move quickly. We immerse interns in our culture and technical efforts from Day One. For example, our engineers work the full stack using tools like React/Redux, Django, PostgreSQL, Swift, and much more. By doing so, we maximize your learning opportunities and ensure your time spent here leaves a lasting impact on both the company and your professional development. We provide Change Politics Interns with $100.00 per month to spend on professional development activities throughout Washington, DC and arrange for Change Politics Interns to shadow at least one other technology or politics organization. 

What You'll Do

  • First Week: You'll ship new code to production
  • First Month: You'll write code at several levels of the stack, from infrastructure to the API to the UI
  • By the End of the Internship: You'll take ownership of a feature that will directly impact many of our clients

About You

  • You care about the code you write and either have significant technical skills solving real-world problems or the drive to quickly develop them
  • You're a highly-motivated self-starter who wants to make valuable contributions to a team from day one
  • You're an engaged learner -- you want to expand your skills, get your hands dirty, and find solutions to challenging problems that require tradeoffs
  • You want to work in a fun environment where you can form real friendships with other professionals and where you have a strong sense of belonging at a growing startup
  • You're excited to pitch in where ever needed, from helping in recruiting to supporting customers
  • You're able to work full-time for at least three months as an intern

About the Development Team

  • We're a small team that works fast. Iterating and shipping code quickly is in our DNA. Done is better than perfect, but we do our best to build systems that let us move quickly without breaking too many things.
  • We support many different products but internally think of them as one system with a single unified codebase. Our goal is to build centralized systems that handle the hard stuff for multiple features and products.
  • We live on the cutting edge of software engineering in both our frontend and backend. We rely heavily on open source tools but aren't afraid to dig in and make something better ourselves.

Our Work Environment

  • We work in a vibrant, sunlit space in our modern, open concept office
  • Our office building is located in the heart of downtown DC, easily accessible by metro, bus, and rideshares. It is also in close proximity to great restaurants, food trucks, shopping, and popular happy hour spots
  • Our team loves to spend time doing fun things outside of the office, which we call Quorum Fun events. Past Quorum Fun events have included apple picking, yoga, and wine tasting

Application Cycles

  • Start Date: We're looking for summer interns to start June 2021
  • Application Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Along with your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter addressing the following: Why are you interested in pursuing an internship at a technology start-up? How will you benefit from participating in Quorum’s Change Politics Internship Program?

Positions are limited and applications are considered on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible.

Do you want to learn what it's like to have a real impact at a fast-growing company that is changing the way the advocacy process works? If so, drop us a line. We'd love to talk to you!


Compensation Structure

  • Base Salary: $3,333.33 Per Month

Quorum Is Working to Advance Pay Equity: What Does That Mean For You?

In an effort to continue to build a diverse and inclusive work environment that advances pay equity, Quorum has implemented a “No Negotiation” policy for base salary for new hires for roles that are currently staffed by three or more team members. This means that candidates for the Software Engineer Intern role cannot negotiate Quorum’s base salary offer.

Here’s our promise to you:

  • We will not ask you what you are currently earning.
  • We will consider years of relevant experience, relevant professional certifications/education, and performance expectations in setting what we believe is a competitive, fair base salary offer.
  • We will be transparent about our compensation structure (see above) so that all candidates have equal access to compensation information and can make an informed decision about whether or not Quorum is the right workplace for them.

If you are interested in learning more about how negotiation impacts pay equity and/or why other start-ups have decided to implement a “No Negotiation” policy of some type, here are a few resources: Project Include, AAUW, Ministry for Women, Magoosh.

Note: Quorum does not endorse or verify any of the information provided in the resources on the impact of negotiation on pay equity. We provide these resources simply to increase awareness of a topic we believe is important for both employers and candidates to consider.

About Quorum

About us Quorum is a public affairs software platform that enables organizations to launch grassroots advocacy campaigns, manage stakeholder engagement, and monitor legislation and dialogue in Washington, Brussels, all 50 states, and thousands of cities around the country. Called "The Moneyball Effect on K Street"​ by the Washington Post, Quorum has been featured in over 30 major news outlets and is used by numerous congressional offices and organizations like General Motors, Club for Growth, Holland and Knight, Toyota, and The United Nations Foundation.

Want to learn more about Quorum? Visit Quorum's website.