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Check out our Career Corner for current and evergreen openings in politics, policy, journalism, and related fields. We include opportunities for students of all years and levels of experience. Postings are updated on Fridays.
Opportunities in the Federal Government
Hey #Hoyas – interested in opportunities in the federal government but not sure where to start? Many departments and agencies offer a wide range of opportunities that might fit your interests. You may also discover some you didn’t even know existed.
Below are a few great resources to help you get organized for Public Service Careers:Back to Top
Internship Opportunity: Congressman Schneider Seeks Press Assistant
Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) seeks a Press Assistant for his suburban Chicago office. The Press Assistant reports directly to the Communications Director and will work closely with the district and legislative teams.
Responsibilities include managing the weekly newsletter, drafting talking points and other written materials including press releases and speeches, creating digital content, compiling daily press clips, assisting with livestream events, and promoting district events. The ideal candidate will possess excellent oral and written communications skills, the ability to work collaboratively, high attention to detail and work well under deadline. Spanish-language skills are strongly preferred. Illinois ties are a plus.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and graphic design sample to IL10.CommsApp@mail.house.gov. Absolutely no calls or drop-bys, please. This office is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, military status, parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other factor or basis prohibited by applicable federal law. Applicants with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the application or hiring processes are encouraged to request an accommodation at any time during those processes.Back to Top
The Pivot: Targeting & Data Services Manager (Full-time, Temporary)
Pivot is seeking a Targeting & Data Services Manager for the 2021-2022 election cycle. This is a fully remote position in our Targeting & Analytics Department.
The ideal candidate will have a strong eye for detail, a passion for data-driven strategy, and a commitment to bringing about real progressive victories across the US. This is a full-time, temporary position through Election Day 2022 with competitive salary and benefits. The nature of our business requires long hours and occasional weekend work during the election cycle. We expect all staff to be flexible in this area.
Positions Available: 1
Job Close: Rolling Application
Job Contact: Chase Lurgio, email@example.com
- Working with Pivot’s Director of Targeting & Analytics, lead the creation of strategic targeting plans for clients
- Be a resource for our Client Services teams and provide insight on how to continually use data in their programs
- Run and interpret queries of voter file data from a variety of platforms
- Clean, combine, and process data files from a variety of sources to create printer ready mail lists and program evaluations
- Develop clear reports that summarize findings for both technical and nontechnical users
- Manage workflow of Targeting & Analytics Department
- Mentor other department staff on above processes
What you bring to the team:
- Experience designing and implementing targeting strategies for electoral or advocacy campaigns
- Experience with a coding language, such as C++, Python, R, SQL, SPSS, or Stata, and understanding of relational databases
- Experience with tools such as Civis Platform or Phoenix is preferred
- Flexible and can quickly adapt to fit team needs
- Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently
- Please include the word “Scuba” somewhere in your cover letter
- Strong ability to communicate your work to clients and colleagues outside the data team
- Passion for progressive politics and data science
- Please submit a cover letter with your application.
- All applications must be submitted through BambooHR.
- Preferred School Level: Graduate Student, Alumni
Applicants located in or able to work from a state where Pivot is registered as an employer are preferred. Eligible states include: AL, AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, NY, OH, OR, VA, and WI.
Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for this position is $80,000 – $100,000 per year plus bonuses. In addition, all staff receive:
- 100% employer-paid premiums for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
- Short-term and long-term disability
- Employee Assistance Program
- Equipment and other supplies to furnish your home office
- Annual employer-paid membership to One Medical
- Monthly internet reimbursements
- Meal stipends
The Pivot: Intern
While we are not actively hiring for this role, we want to hear from you! Please fill out this application if you are interested in future internship opportunities. We are preparing to hire for the 2022 Election Cycle and need passionate, creative folks to join our team.
Intern – General Application
Who We Are
A woman-majority owned firm, Pivot is committed to electing Democrats up and down the ballot. We are an energetic team of experts specializing in voter communications through direct mail, advanced targeting, and provide strategic guidance to progressive causes, organizations and campaigns across the country. And we’ve created a workplace that lets us live out our deepest values. Thank you for wanting to join us.
We are seeking motivated interns interested in campaigns and who have a desire to make a real impact in progressive politics. Depending on availability, our interns have the opportunity to work in the following departments at Pivot:
- Client Services
- Targeting & Analytics
Ideal applicants are detail-oriented, creative thinkers and team players. At Pivot, we are committed to providing personal and professional growth for a unique and rewarding experience. This opportunity is a paid ($20/hour) fully remote internship with a flexible schedule. Interns work a minimum of 10 hours and maximum of 20 hours per week.
Who You Are
- You are comfortable multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
- You are a strong communicator
- You are flexible and can quickly adapt to fit team needs
- You have an interest in progressive causes
- You want to explore a potential career path in politics
Whether you are entering the workforce for the first time or switching careers, we encourage you to apply. There is no education requirement for our internship program.Back to Top
Direct Marketing Coordinator position at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Position: Direct Marketing Coordinator
Reports To: Director of Direct Marketing
Position Summary: We are seeking a detail-oriented, self-motivated, and creative individual interested in learning more about grassroots fundraising. This individual will help the DCCC maximize its direct mail, telemarketing, and candidate fundraising campaigns. Every day you will help chart the course in advancing the DCCC’s mission and growing the Direct Marketing program.
Location: Washington, DC
- Track and assist with daily direct marketing deliverables;
- Review and edit art, copy, and data for donor mailings;
- Respond to donor inquiries via phone, email, and mail;
- Support department leadership in scheduling, organizing meetings, and preparing materials;
- Conduct research for creative development and copywriting;
- Works directly with other departments, outside vendors, and external partners;
- Spearhead and track special projects as needed;
- Process department invoices;
- Manage interns;
- Other duties as needed.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Commitment to electing Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives;
- Excellent time management, planning, troubleshooting, and communications skills;
- Must be detail-oriented, able to prioritize and manage multiple projects;
- Able to work well under pressure while meeting multiple deadlines;
- Excellent writing and editing skills;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel;
- Personal and professional commitment to promoting and investing in cross-cultural skills and awareness related to individuals from broad backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability
- Proven interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills with the ability to build relationships with staff at all levels
- Ability to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge and skills
- needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant and productive ways
- Familiarity working with databases such as NGP-VAN preferred but not required
- Understanding of direct mail processes preferred but not required
Why You Should Work Here:
- We recognize and reward hard work with a high-quality benefits package that includes:
- More than 25 days of paid time off, including holidays, time off around holidays, vacation, and sick days.
- Excellent health, dental, and vision insurance
- Up to 4% retirement employer match contribution
- Monthly mobile phone stipend
- Monthly use-it-or-lose-it transit benefits for employees located in the DC region
- Opportunity to contribute at a growing, dynamic national political committee working to sustain the Democratic congressional majority to advocate on issues America care about most.
- Learn, develop and hone professional skills related to running and operating multi-dimensional political campaigns and the operating systems that support the campaigns.
- Experience working with the largest Democratic battlefield, containing numerous highly competitive campaigns in diverse districts across the nation.
- Opportunities to expand your network and engage with policy makers, political candidates, Democratic Party leaders and a diverse team of professionals and colleagues.
- Gain experience in cross-team interaction and exposure to other functions and departments within the DCCC.
- Equity and inclusion are actively integrated into decisions made at Senior Team and Department levels with regard to hiring, contracting, and political strategy
- Professional Development programming dedicated to personal and professional growth beyond the 2022 election cycle)
The application is here.Back to Top
The Dewey Square Group Intern
The Dewey Square Group, a leading Democratic public affairs firm, is looking for an intern for its Grassroots practice in the Washington, D.C. office. The Dewey Square Group’s Grassroots practice works with non-profit organizations, trade associations, and companies to build support for their issues, products, technologies, and brands at the local, state and federal level. Interns will work closely with Associates and Principals to gain valuable work experience. Interns will work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This is a paid internship.
Work will include:
- Writing and research
- Special event support
- Issue tracking
- Monitoring legislative
Qualified candidates will be:
- Able to work business hours Monday-Friday (full or part-time)
- An undergraduate student or recent graduate
- Interested in Democratic politics and a wide variety of issues
- Hardworking and eager for new challenges and projects
- Willing to take initiative and learn new things
- Positive with a good sense of humor
Strong writing skills (drafting, editing, proofing) and verbal communication skills are a must. Proficiency with social media and different technology platforms/analytics tools are a plus.
Diverse candidates encouraged to apply. Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students all welcome to apply. Candidates MUST reside in one of the following: DC, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Florida, and Missouri.
Please send your cover letter, resume, and availability to InternDSG@gmail.com.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Dewey Square Group does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, national origin, or ancestry.Back to Top
The Mellman Group Political Public Opinion Research Internship
We are always looking for interns interested in public opinion polling with a commitment to Democratic politics and a statistics background to work on public opinion research for political campaigns, public interest groups, membership organizations and businesses. Ideal person is interested in public opinion polling with a commitment to Democratic politics and has a statistics background. The primary internship responsibilities include:
- Conducting background research on candidates, opponents, or potential clients
- Editing memos, PowerPoint presentations and proposals
- Reading and understanding crosstab banners and topline questionnaires
- Monitoring polls the first night they are in the field
- Sorting quotes from focus group transcripts
- Creating focus group handout summaries
- Some administrative work when necessary
Knowledge of SPSS, statistics, or quantitative analysis would be helpful, but not required. Applicants must be able to work fast, have a commitment to detail and accuracy, handle a high-pressured working environment, and work well in a team atmosphere in a small office. This is a full-time position with a 40 hour work week. Applicants must be available to work between 9am-6pm ET, and have a flexible schedule to work early mornings, late evenings and weekends. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, staff and interns are currently working remotely, though once it is safe, staff and interns will be expected to work in our DC office. Pay is $15/hr. Casual workplace.
Send resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to Top
Story Partners Public Affairs Interns
As a full-service public affairs agency, Story Partners has deep expertise and a wide range of traditional and social media skills to meet your challenge and drive to victory. Known for our winning strategies, creativity and zealous determination to win—we offer clients exceptional strength in seven service areas critical to public affairs campaign success.
Story Partners is seeking fall interns. The virtual intern program provides a substantive, hands-on experience in a fast-paced workplace. The ideal candidate is a motivated, self-starter and creative thinker. We encourage students with a communications background or an interest in the role of public affairs in the political process to apply.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Drafting a wide selection of written and creative materials
- Monitoring news coverage (traditional and digital) for client issues
- Facilitating a variety of social media engagements and analysis
- Building and maintaining reporter databases
- Conducting media and issues-related research
This internship will be offered virtually and work hours can be tailored to class schedules.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter: email@example.comBack to Top
National Republican Congressional Committee
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is looking for interns in each of our divisions. We are looking for politically interested undergraduate students that want to gain marketable skills, lifelong connections, and have an enjoyable experience interning at our Washington, DC headquarters. Your internship will allow you to contribute measurable value to the NRCC’s operations and stay connected with the organization long after your last day as an intern.
To apply for an NRCC internship, please click below and email your resume and introduction to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that while the NRCC’s official internship program is currently paused due to COVID-19-related restrictions, they are accepting and reviewing resumes on a rolling basis for internships as early as they can accommodate them. Please check the NRCC page for developing updates about their internship program.Back to Top
Victory Congressional Internship
Spring ’22: Apply here. Deadline: Oct. 1st, 2021 Summer ’22: Apply here. Deadline: Jan. 9th, 2022
Fall ’22: Apply here. Deadline: April 17th, 2022
The Victory Institute’s Victory Congressional Internship is developing the next generation of LGBTQ public leaders. Each semester, the Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBTQ undergraduate students to Washington, DC, for an intensive leadership program, including:
- An 8 or 10 week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus or an LGBTQ-friendly member of U.S. Congress to learn firsthand about the federal legislative process; and
- An educational and leadership development program to learn about careers in policy-making and engage with subject-matter experts in the District of Columbia working across sectors.
In December, students will attend the Victory Institute’s annual International LGBTQ Leaders Conference for three days of training, skills building, networking, and discussion alongside hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business, and community organizations.
The Victory Congressional Internship prepares young LGBTQ people to become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who can change their communities and our world.
Online Application will ask for the following:
- Professional Resume (one-page)
- Unofficial Transcript
- Two Essay Responses
- Professional Headshot
- Professional Biography
- Demographic Information
Sent directly via email:
- One Letter of Recommendation
You will need to submit one letter of recommendation – either from an academic institution or from someone who can speak to your leadership skills. Please have your recommender email the letter directly to Lucy Arthur-Paratley, Domestic Programs Manager, at email@example.com.
- Free housing accommodations in downtown DC
- Living wage stipend to cover other living expenses in DC equal to $15 per hour
- Airfare or other transportation to and from Washington, DC, at the beginning and end of the program
- Academic credit (depending on each participant’s college or university), and
- Airfare, shared hotel, and conference fees covered for the Victory Institute’s International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in December 2021
The Victory Congressional Internship is open to undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations. Women, people of color, trans individuals, individuals with disabilities and individuals from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Must be LGBTQ+ to qualify. Note that “allies” of the LGBTQ community do not qualify.
All applicants must meet the following criteria to satisfy the Victory Institute and Congressional requirements:
- U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or permit to work in the U.S. (Foreign students with F-1 visas are not eligible)
- 18 years of age before the day of arrival in Washington, D.C.
- Currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program, will have completed at least one year by the beginning of the program; program participants must have at least one full semester remaining after the program has completed (i.e., students graduating prior to or during the course of the internship program are not eligible and must graduate at least at the end of the following semester)
- Applicants from a diverse array of disciplines are encouraged
- Active participation in public and/or community service activities
For questions regarding the Victory Congressional Internship Program, please contact Lucy Arthur-Paratley, Domestic Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPM Student Volunteer Program
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) leads and serves the Federal Government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted, effective civilian workforce. OPM provides leadership and support to U.S. agencies on issues including human resources policy and oversight, federal employee benefits, retirement services, guidance on labor-management relations, and programs to improve workforce performance. At OPM, we recruit, retain, and honor the American workforce that is landing rovers on Mars, fighting a global pandemic, and building this country back better.
- Enrolled as a degree-seeking student in good academic standing with at least a half-time course load at undergraduate, graduate, or professional school.
- Have an interest in at least one of the following areas:
o Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs
o Data Management
o Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
o Human Capital/Resource Management
o IT Modernization
• Gain exposure to public service while enhancing your educational goals and shaping your career choices
• Work with federal agencies under the Biden-Harris Administration
• Earn school credit
• Flexible work schedules and assignments*
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student volunteers will perform work virtually.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please submit your resume and proof of enrollment to Jason Tengco, OPM’s White House Liaison, at email@example.com. You may also submit an optional cover letter describing your interest in volunteering with OPM.
For more information, visit www.opm.gov.
OPM is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit. OPM provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.
House Committee on Oversight and Reform Majority Staff Digital Intern
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform Majority Staff seeks a motivated and reliable student to fill a full-time digital intern position this fall.
Digital intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, content creation, graphic design, manual photography, videography, website maintenance, analytics and performing other press and administrative tasks as necessary. Successful candidates will possess familiarity with programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Canva, OBS Studio, as well as compiling and interpreting social media analytics.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapid response environment and willingness to learn is a must; sense of humor strongly encouraged. This position reports to the communications director. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send a resume and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to Top
House Committee on Oversight and Reform Majority Staff Press Intern
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform Majority Staff seeks a motivated, reliable, and detail-oriented student with a passion for communications to fill a full-time press intern position this fall. The ideal candidate should be a strong writer, team player, and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
Press intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, compiling press clips, maintaining press lists, and drafting press releases. This position reports to the communications director and broader communications team. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send a resume to email@example.comBack to Top