Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about state legislative politics? Do you have an interest in working for a state legislative caucus or state legislative candidate?
The DLCC Internship Program is designed to provide hands-on experience working with a national political committee and its engagement in a 50 state program. Interns will gain with an unprecedented understanding of state legislative caucus programs and campaigns.
Interns will have the opportunity to do substantive work with their department teams while gaining a rich understanding of the DLCC and its mission. Interns will interact with staff members of all departments, attend key staff events, including professional development opportunities, and participate in brown bag lunches with varying senior staff members and key partners of the DLCC.
The DLCC Internship Program will be offered on three different schedules:
Spring Session: January – Mid May
Summer Session: Late May – Mid August
Fall Session: Late August – December
All applicants will be asked to rank departments in order of the preferences. Preferences will be taken into consideration based on applicants qualifications and the committee’s needs. All interns will be required to commit to 20 hours per week in 4 hour blocks. In addition, all interns are required to cover the reception desk; answering calls, greeting guests, and overseeing the conference room schedule as needed. Interns will receive a weekly stipend of $200. Please find department descriptions below.
Applications for the data department is still open but applications for all other departments for Spring 2018 are now closed.
The Data Department works closely with the Political department in building a strong infrastructure for strong data-driven campaigns. The intern will assist the Data Department in all activities: from acquiring, cleaning, and processing data to building and automating reports. The data intern will also be tasked with monitoring election results and maintaining and updating state legislative election results database. Candidates with strong Microsoft Excel skills and experience working or volunteering on a political campaign are preferred.
The Communications Intern assists the Communications Department in all activities, from researching and drafting press releases, blog posts, and memos to compiling press pitch lists and news roundups. Interns are expected to be able to perform in-depth research about candidates, legislation, and issue positions, and must be innovative thinkers who are eager to learn and be part of a team. Candidates with strong writing skills and an interest in news media are preferred.
The Digital intern will help write email blasts, craft social media posts, and build petition and donation page. The Digital intern will assist the team in developing strategic digital campaigns and assist with routine maintenance of our supporter database. Applicants should be passionate about advancing Democratic values and communication with progressive activits in the digital space.
Duties: The Digital intern will write email blasts with strong attention to grammar, accuracy, and theme; Write and deploy signup forms and donation pages; Perform quality assurance on email blasts; Perform daily data maintenance as needed; and compile and summarize results of analytics from email campaigns and social media.
Design & Digital:
The Design & Digital Fellow will aide the DLCC in designing materials to engage and educate our supporters. The Design & Digital Fellow can expect to work closely with the Digital Team on a variety of projects for our email, web, and social media programs, as well as help create branded materials for other departments. There will be opportunities to develop various digital skills, including drafting email campaign copy, researching candidates and elections, coding in HTML, and utilizing platforms such as Word Press and Blue State Digital.
The ideal candidate will have: A passion to create innovative designs for web and print campaigns. Proficiency in at least one of the following Adobe programs: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. Effective writing and editing skills. Attention to detail. Strong interest in advancing Democratic values in the digital space.
The Finance Department is responsible for raising the funds that are essential for the DLCC’s engagement to expand Democratic majorities across state legislative chambers nationwide. They are an essential source to furthering the operation and mission of the DLCC. The department provides opportunities for interns to have hands on experience with different types of fundraising programs and the unique skill sets that go with each.
Duties: The Finance intern would assist the Finance Assistant with NGPVAN Database maintenance and donor research and prospecting on an ongoing basis. The intern would have the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Finance Assistant researching and preparing call time and observe call time with key DLCC principals. During DLCC event season the intern would assist in event planning and logistics, as well as preparation for in office events.
Duties: The Political intern would assist the Political Coordinator with logistics, preparation of materials, and organization of political meetings, trainings and events. The intern would be tasked with maintenance of the political database through upkeep and research, as well as assistance with the DLCC’s groundbreaking data project. The intern would be integral to supporting the Political team with projects as they arise over the course of the intern’s term. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to gain in-depth knowledge of state legislative caucuses and state politics.
Operations and Compliance:
The Operations and Compliance intern would be able to learn more about how political committees operate, gain skills in the many tools used in the committee and the legal components of campaign finance. There will be chances to work with other departments and in the duties listed to hone and expand your skillset.
Duties: Assist in conducting research on state campaign finance, tracking campaign finance reportings, data entry and clean up of reports and donor information in NGPVan and Excel, assist the Operations department in a variety of capacities.
The Research Department works to compile, create, and strategically apply political research to support Democratic campaigns and candidates at the state level. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is detail-oriented, creative, and dedicated to advancing the Democratic agenda at the state level.
Duties: The Research intern would be responsible for fact-checking communications from multiple departments; conducting background research on races, candidates and key issues; drafting memos; and regular media monitoring.