Internship Opportunities

 

In-State Internships

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Clemens for Congress
Are you looking for an opportunity to break into politics? Want to establish lasting connections and gain campaign experience? Would you like to help elect a future Member of Congress?
 
The Peter Clemens for Congress campaign is hiring interns to help students gain college credit and work experience by learning about the day-to-day workings of a congressional campaign.
 
This is a great opportunity to help unseat a Republican congressman and add another Democrat to our Congressional Delegation.

Who are we looking for?
  • Hardworking students that are dedicated to giving a voice to those in Utah's First Congressional District.
  • Smart, energetic, and responsible people who are interested in gaining experience and involvement in politics.
What are the benefits of the interning on a political campaign?
  • Agreat opportunity to receive college credit while gaining experience in fundraising or field operations.
  • Receive first-hand hand insight into how campaigns are run and how they function.
  • The opportunity to network with influential members of the First Congressional District.
Positions available in the following areas:
  • The Clemens for Congress Field Team is committed to developing and executing a successful delegate strategy for the Utah State Democratic Party Convention.  We will also be carrying out a district-wide on the ground voter engagement program that will reach over 140,000 voters.
    • Duties: Field Fellows will work with our Lead Field Organizer to implement our delegate strategy through April.  After that, they will work on our Field Strategy, recruiting volunteers, helping with outreach to local schools, universities, and organizations.  They will help staff parades and festivals as well as working at meet-the-candidate events, rallies, and debates.  They will also be expected to canvass occasionally and commit to working fifteen hours a week.
  • Finance: Our Finance team is responsible for raising the funds needed to run our campaign and add another Democrat to our Utah Congressional delegation.  We run fundraisers throughout the district, as well as house parties and individual meetings with the candidate.
    • Duties: Finance Interns will aid in donor research to make call time more productive.  They may also staff Peter during call time and help prepare thank you letters for donors.  They will help prepare and staff fundraisers and house parties.
  • Communications: The Clemens for Congress communications team works to spread Peter's message across the First District through press releases, emails, and social media.  The primary goal of the Communications Team is to properly communicate Peter's message to the voters through the media.
    • Duties: The Communications Intern would assist the Communications Team in monitoring media coverage of the candidate.  They will also use social media to help spread news stories about the district and our race. 
Donna McAleer for Congress
The Donna McAleer for Congress Congressional Campaign is seeking motivated, forward thinking interns that want to be part of a new way of running and winning political campaigns. We are ripping a page straight out of the Obama '12 election playbook. We are implementing much of the technology and tactics as outlined in the report on that campaign called "Inside the cave" Download it at http://enga.ge/projects/inside-the-cave. If becoming an integral part of a team doing that kind of work interests you send an email to Michael Pratt (New Media/digital Director) - mike@dmcaleer.com. The best candidates: embrace technology, are self-starters and take responsibility.
Donna McAleer is an independent thinker and woman of action and we're looking for interns just like that. Learn more at http://www.dmcaleer.com/
 
Ogden City Business Development
Click for details: http://www.ogdencity.com/en/DepartmentDivision/BusinessDevelopment.aspx
 
United Way
Position: Advocacy Engagement Interns (Weber/Davis) (Utah County)
Department: Marketing and Communications
Reports to: Vice President Marketing and Communications & Community and Advocacy Engagement Coordinator
 
ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND AND EVOLUTION
United Way of Salt Lake serves individuals and families in Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, and
Tooele counties. This four-county area represents approximately 1.4 million people or about 52 percent of Utah's population.
 
For over 100 years, United Way of Salt Lake has served and strengthened the greater Salt Lake community. Established in 1904 as the Salt Lake Charity Association, its original mission was to help the poor, discourage panhandling, and coordinate multiple programs. The historic “community chest” with a broad charitable mission has transformed into an agent for social change focused on Collective Impact— bringing partners together in new and innovative ways to identify problems and develop lasting solutions.
 
United Way of Salt Lake houses United Way 2-1-1, a statewide health and human service information phone line, which connects individuals and families to important resources and volunteer opportunities.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
UWSL’s work environment is fast-paced, friendly, committed, nonpartisan, and ever changing. Employees are dedicated, appreciated and recognized for their efforts, and all levels of management are engaged in the work daily.  We offer competitive wages and a generous, comprehensive benefit package.  The internal focus continues to be on high level results – communicating, aligning and integrating around the organizational goals. 

POSITION OVERVIEW
Advocacy Engagement Interns work directly with the Community and Advocacy Engagement Coordinator and the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Interns will be assigned specific districts for which they will be responsible for all constituent and volunteer contact.  Within each district, Interns are expected to recruit volunteers, build volunteer teams, collect pledge cards, and host events that will generate broad support for United Way’s legislative agenda.  Interns will help organize house meetings, phonebanks, and letter writing parties in key districts for the purpose of pledge card collection, constituent education, and citizen lobbying. Interns will be assigned specific goals and metrics that they will work to meet each week, and as the bill moves to committee or to the floor, they will contact supporters in key districts to provide grassroots support to lobbying efforts. 
 
KEY RESPONSIBLITIES
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers to implement Grassroots campaign/strategy
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community leaders and volunteers
  • Foster and develop neighborhood teams in assigned geographical regions
  • Empower volunteers to develop into leadership roles within the program
  • Conduct outreach to community groups to increase size and scope of program
POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Qualified candidates will possess and/or be able to develop the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
 
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Active social media participant
  • Knowledge of legislative process
  • Confident presenter
 ABILITIES
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-motivated team player
MIMIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  1. Working on a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (i.e. Marketing, Political Science, Public Relations, Communications).
  2. Prior legislative experience and volunteer management a plus.
BENEFITS
Upon satisfactory completion of internship, the student will receive a stipend award and/or school credit.
 
TO APPLY
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and employment application to jobs@uw.org.
Employment applications can be found at http://www.uw.org/about-us/careers/.


Utah Democratic Party
Position: Voter Registration & Coordinated Campaign Internship
 
Contact: Resumes should be submitted to csant@utdem.org
 
Time commitment: Interns will be required to work at least 15-25 hours per week, and will be employed through November 4th, 2014. Interns can earn course credit for their participation in this program.
 
Responsibilities: Interns are actively in the field and thus are the face of the Utah State Democratic Party in communities throughout the state, working to increase voter registration and the Democrats agenda and grow the grassroots movement for electoral success in 2014.  The primary responsibility of an intern is to engage in direct voter contact by knocking on doors and making phones calls, and recruit, train and manage volunteers in order to grow the grassroots movement in Utah. 
 
Skills and qualifications:
  • Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously;
  • A good sense of humor and a strong interest in and commitment to increasing voter participation in Utah and in electing Democratic officials.
The Utah State Democratic Party is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The Utah State Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is the Party’s policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The Utah State Democratic Party will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.
 
Weber County Clerk, Auditor’s Office
Position: Elections Director
Click for details: http://www.co.weber.ut.us/Clerk_Auditor/
 
 
Salt Lake City
 
Education First
Education First is coordinating internships with members of the legislature to help with their political work going into the 2014 caucuses. We are looking for Interns who are interested in local-level campaign work such as: answering emails, making calls, working on strategy with a legislative candidate, setting up events and cottage meetings and maybe some fundraising. 
 
This will be an educational experience. We will be hosting seminars throughout the time on subjects such as field organization, political data, social media and websites, career and political networking, messaging and strategy. 
 
Internship runs from Feb 1 thru April 1. Part time, flexible, and paid!
 
There may be opportunities for students to continue working into primaries with some legislators if they are interested. This is a great chance for students to make connects and contacts--key to getting a political job after college. Recent graduates and current students looking for internships are all welcome.
 
Please email a resume to abbycoura@gmail.com or call for more info 801-400-0511.

Governor's Office
General Intern:
Description: The Office of the Governor is seeking interns for summer 2014. Interns in the Office of the Governor will gain a wide variety of professional experience while working within the Executive Branch of government.  Internships are unpaid and may be completed for academic credit.  Internship start and end dates will be negotiated based on school schedules.
 
Interns may assist in the following offices: The Office of the Governor, Authentications, Governor’s Office of Planning and Management, Constituent Services, Elections, and the Office of the First Lady.
 
Hours: 20 hours per week.  Work schedules are flexible; however, interns are required to be present in the office on the days and times agreed upon by both parties.
 
Duties
  • Logging documents
  • Conducting special research projects
  • Assisting with press events
  • Drafting correspondence letters, thank you notes, etc.
  • Compiling documents for the Governor and senior staff
  • Documenting state events, i.e., taking photographs, attending meetings
  • Routine office duties: Answering telephones / filing / copying / archiving
 
We are seeking outstanding young men and women with excellent writing, grammar, and computer skills, who are professional in dress and conduct.
 
To apply: Please email your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample (two page maximum) to Teresa Pinkal tpinkal@utah.govApplications will be reviewed and interviews will take place on a rolling basis from now until April 11, 2014.
 
Film Communications/Public Relations Intern
Description: This position offers excellent communications and public relations experience, in a fast-paced, rewarding, professional environment.  The Film Communications Intern will attend and film the Governor’s speaking engagements, summits, and appearances and produce short videos for the Governor’s social media outlets.  The intern will have a unique opportunity to learn about the functions of the executive branch, develop key relationships, strengthen writing and editing skills, while gaining valuable experience in media relations, strategic execution, and media event logistics.
 
Hours: Full-time or part-time (20 hours minimum), negotiable schedule.
 
Duration: Summer 2014, start and end dates to be negotiated, based on school schedule
 
Qualifications:
  • Proficient understanding of Final Cut Pro, film equipment, and Microsoft Office
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong verbal and research skills
  • Great interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve, think creatively, and complete tasks on time
  • Consistently demonstrate initiative and responsibility
 To apply:
  • Please email your resume, cover letter, two writing samples (two page maximum), and availability to Allyse Robertson allyserobertson@utah.govApplications will be reviewed and interviews will take place on a rolling, first come first serve basis.
  • Students who complete an internship as part of their degree program are preferred.
  • This is an unpaid internship, but an extraordinary opportunity for experience, portfolio material, and strong references.
 
Communications/Public Relations Intern
Description: This position offers excellent experience in communications and public relations, in a fast-paced, rewarding professional environment.  Interns will have the unique opportunity to learn and participate in the workings of the Governor’s Office during the 2014 Legislative Session.  They will develop key relationships, strengthen writing and editing skills, and gain valuable experience in media relations, strategic execution, and media event logistics.
 
Hours: Full-time or part-time (20 hours minimum), negotiable schedule.
 
Duration: Winter 2014, start and end dates to be negotiated, based on school schedule
 
Qualifications:
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong verbal and research skills
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Great interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve, think creatively, and complete tasks on time
  • Consistently demonstrate initiative and responsibility
 To apply:
  • Please email your resume, cover letter, two writing samples (two page maximum), and availability to Teresa Pinkal tpinkal@utah.govApplications will be reviewed and interviews will take place on a rolling basis from now until April 11, 2014.
  • Students who must complete an internship as part of their degree program are preferred.
  • This is an un-paid internship, but an extraordinary opportunity for experience, portfolio material, and strong references.
 
Utah Debate Commission
The Utah Debate Commission is a newly created non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sponsoring, hosting, and broadcasting candidate debates in Utah.  The commission consists of educational institutions, news media outlets, and civic and community leaders in Utah.

The intern will work with the executive committee of the Utah Debate Commission, including the two co-chairs – former Utah Governor Olene Walker and former Utah State Senate Minority Leader Scott Howell.  The intern will be responsible for assisting in scheduling board meetings, coordinating with media outlets on debate broadcasting and publicity, working with educational institutions hosting the debates, assisting in arranging publicity for the commission, and carrying out other administrative activities of the commission.

The intern will help in the foundation of the commission and will be an integral part of the structure of the commission.  He or she will be responsible for assisting in areas such as logistics, publicity, meeting planning, and liaison with Utah universities and media outlets.  He or she will have the opportunity to associate with prominent civic, educational, and media leaders in the state to facilitate the work of the commission.

Utah Democratic Party Regional Field Organizer
Click for details: http://www.utahdemocrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/RFO-Job-Description.pdf
 
 

Washington, D.C. Internships

The White House Internship Program - http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships

Congressional Internships

http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships
http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/senate-internships
http://robbishop.house.gov/constituentservices/internships.htm
http://matheson.house.gov/
http://chaffetz.house.gov/serving-you/internships --Apply directly through Congressman Chaffetz's office.  See link for more information.

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