Office of Student Life

Leadership and Community Engagement

OSU Votes

The Office of Student Life’s OSU Votes is a student-led movement to register, educate and encourage other students to vote. This nonpartisan group fosters civic engagement at The Ohio State University.

OSU Votes is committed to providing students with the necessary information and materials needed to vote in every local, state, and federal election.

Nationally Recognized Program

The Ohio State University has been included in Washington Monthly’s 2020 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll.

As a result of the work from student volunteers in OSU Votes, Ohio State was named a "Voter Friendly Campus" for 2020-2021. This distinction is managed by the non-partisan Campus Votes Project and NASPA - Student Affairs Educators in Higher Education. Ohio State becomes one of only 83 schools in the nation to earn this distinction. 

OSU Votes was also awarded a "Bronze Seal" for work promoting student voter turnout in the November 2016 election. The Bronze Seal was awarded by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to institutions with student voter turnout between 50% - 59%. View the full list of campus award recipients. 

Join OSU Votes, and be a part of our award winning team!

Big Ten Voting Challenge

Ohio State is proud to participate in the Big Ten Voting Challenge. Help us beat the other Big Ten schools by showing up with high registration and voter turnout rate! Need to learn more about how to get registered or how to vote? Reach out to us and we can help.

Get Involved with OSU Votes

OSU Votes Interns

Student Life’s Department of Leadership and Community Engagement seeks dedicated, passionate students to join our team as OSU Votes Interns. Interns fulfill the mission of OSU Votes by providing Ohio State students with important, nonpartisan information and resources needed to engage in local, state, and federal elections. Interns participate in regular voter registration tabling, facilitate voting rights presentations for student organizations and university departments, and offer special events during National Voter Registration Week and election days. Though OSU Votes’ primary focus is voting, it aims to equip the OSU community with the necessary skills and tools for participation in the civic engagement process in a wide variety of ways.

This position offers significant opportunities for individuals to develop their own projects and work within their passion areas while aligning with the mission of OSU Votes. Through this role, students can expect to develop their skills as public speakers, leaders, and civic engagement educators. OSU Votes Interns work an average of 5-8 hours per week which includes staff meetings, training sessions, administration, workshop facilitation, voter registration tabling, and other tasks as assigned.

The application to become an OSU Votes intern for 2024-25 will open in spring 2024. Check back later for more information!

Volunteer With Us!

OSU Votes volunteers are crucial to our mission to provide students with the necessary information and materials needed to vote in every local, state, and federal election. Volunteers will assist our team of OSU Votes interns with events such as voter registration tables, workshops, and other programs. Please complete the OSU Votes Volunteer Interest Form to join our list of student volunteers.

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