Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about becoming engaged in our work.

Sign Up To Volunteer

What types of volunteer opportunities interest you?
What kind of work would you like to do? Please keep in mind that we provide staff supervision and guidance on every project, so do not let lack of experience deter you from selecting an interest! We encourage you to select any project that you may be interested in participating in.

Arts-related projects - This can range from helping us design our new Get Out to Vote materials, to helping paint the canvasses we take to events.

Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) - LTEs are short (200-250 words) letters about why you care about a certain issue, and what other community members can do to help. These are submitted to local newspapers, as well as senators.

Staffing an event - Volunteers can help with set-up, leading activities at Appleseed’s booth, encouraging people to sign up for our email listing, telling community members about Appleseed’s work as they walk by, and helping with logistics. This includes both Appleseed-hosted and external events.

Door Canvassing - At Appleseed, we are involved in deep canvassing. When having conversations at residents’ doors, try to go deeper into the issues that a person may be facing by asking open-ended questions about people’s lives in Lincoln. Volunteers initially help with note taking in this process, but are welcome to lead canvasses as they become more comfortable.

Phone Canvassing Phone canvassing (or phone banking) is when we call our fellow Nebraskans to encourage them to take action on a policy change or to vote in an election. Volunteers can help us to spread the word about voter registration or these policy changes by coming to one of our phone canvassing events.

Hosting an advocacy event - This could include inviting Appleseed staff to give one of our many trainings to a group or organization you are a part of, including Advocacy 101, Storytelling Trainings, and presentations on Medicaid. This could also be a movie screening, or any activity you are excited about.

Translation/Interpretation - If you speak another language, we would love to have you help with translating materials, interpreting during canvassing or listening session, etc.

Preparing materials for staff to take to talks and events - This can involve printing pamphlets, packing sign-in sheets, and helping with other office tasks.

Data sorting or data entry - This can involve helping input data that we gather, as well as looking through the data to pull out specific themes or topics.

Census Help - Work with us or local community partners to help to make sure every Nebraskan is counted in the 2020 census. For the next few months, there will be meetups and gatherings in or near your local communities to prepare volunteers in assisting community members with filling out the online census survey in April.

Which of the following skills/traits do you possess?
If you indicated artistic skills above, please tell us which skills you possess.
If you indicated translation / interpretation skills above, please tell us which languages you are proficient in.
What areas of our work excite you?

Internships & Clerkships

Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply below for Law Clerk and Intern positions.


The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands-on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part-time, paid positions working at most 10 hours per week and we open the hiring process once each semester. To be eligible for an internship, you must be a resident of the state of Nebraska. We require all interns to have access to a personal computer and internet access. Interns may work to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support. Interns work directly under the supervision of a program and/or support manager.

Below you can find the approximate time frames our applications open for each semester and when applicants are notified of a decision. Visit this page or follow our social media accounts to see when specifically our intern program applications open.

Spring: Application opens middle of November and decisions go out mid-December
Summer: Application opens middle of March and decisions go out mid-April
Fall: Application opens middle of July and decisions go out mid-August

If you are doing the internship for school credit through your institution and need a decision by a date sooner than what our time frame states, please apply a semester early and indicate in your application that you are applying for the following semester and provide the notification deadline for your institution. While Appleseed-paid internships are no more than 10 hours per week, interns who will be paid through another institution (a program through your school, for instance, or an unpaid program in return for college credit) may be able to work more hours per week, based on the needs of Appleseed and their external program.

We are not currently accepting applications for Internships.

If you have any questions, please email our Sr. Program Associate, Erin Pixley, at

Law Clerks

Nebraska Appleseed clerkships are full-time (during the summer) or part-time (during the school year) positions open to current law students that provide opportunities to experience a wide variety of public interest law. In order to be eligible for a clerkship during the school year, you must be a resident of the state of Nebraska. During the summer, law clerks may be residents of any state in the country, as they are responsible for securing their own funding during that time. Law clerks will do research, legal writing, litigation support, assist with administrative appeals and advocacy, and conduct public policy research and analysis. Law clerks work directly under the supervision of Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorneys allowing them to get one on one attention and direction.

Available Positions

Clerkship Application 
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