Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Internship Program
Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about state legislative politics? Are you interested in interning 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 an unprecedented understanding of state legislative caucus programs and campaigns while interning in our Washington, DC office.
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, and participate in professional development opportunities such as brown bag lunches with varying senior staff members of the DLCC. Interns receive a weekly stipend.
The DLCC Internship Program is offered on three different schedules:
Spring Session: January – Mid May
Summer Session: Late May – Mid August
Fall Session: Late August – December
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to internapp(at)dlcc.org by March 20, 2020. Please reference “Summer 2020 Intern Application” and your name in the subject line and indicate to which department you are applying. Applicants must be currently enrolled students. No calls or drop-ins please. Applicants will be screened on a rolling basis.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), 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 DLCC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote, and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, personal appearance, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, or any other legally protected basis. The DLCC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.
Data & Analytics:
The Data & Analytics Department works closely with other departments in building a strong infrastructure for effective, data-driven campaigns. Data and analytics interns will assist the department in all activities, including acquiring, cleaning, processing, and analyzing data for a variety of projects. The data and analytics interns will also assist in monitoring election results and maintaining and updating multiple state legislative databases that feed into vital statistical modeling.
Interns will have the opportunity to work with our team to identify key project areas -- such as voter targeting, project-oriented coding, or crafting data-backed campaign strategy -- that they are most interested in exploring. The team will then work with Interns to develop specific projects to address those areas. Candidates with experience with coding, Microsoft Excel skills, or experience working or volunteering on a political campaign are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Communications Intern assists the Strategic Communications & Digital 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 be an integral part of crafting DLCC’s online presence, including the email program, grassroots fundraising, social media, and other digital content.
The Digital Intern will work with the Digital team to craft strategic digital campaigns. Applicants should be passionate about advancing Democratic values, developing skills for 21st-century progressive campaigns, and communicating with progressive activists in the digital space. The Intern will help craft and load compelling emails with strong attention to grammar, accuracy, and theme; Write and deploy signup forms and donation pages; Maintain daily data maintenance as needed; Compile and summarize results of analytics from email campaigns and social media.
Design & Digital:
The Design & Digital Intern will assist the DLCC in designing materials to engage and educate our supporters.
The Design & Digital Intern will work closely with the Digital team on a variety of projects for our email, web, and social media programs, and 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 WordPress and Blue State Digital.
The ideal candidate will have: A passion to create innovative designs for web and print campaign; Proficiency in at least one of the following Adobe programs: InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop; Effective writing and editing skills; Strong interest in advancing Democratic values in the digital space.
The Finance Department is responsible for raising the funds that are essential for flipping state legislatures and strengthening Democratic majorities in state legislative chambers nationwide. 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 will assist the Finance team with NGPVAN database maintenance, donor research, and prospecting on an ongoing basis. The intern will have the opportunity to assist with research and preparation for call time with key DLCC principals. During DLCC event season, the intern will assist in event planning and logistics
The Research team 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, able to work independently and dedicated to advancing the Democratic agenda at the state level. Duties: The Research Intern will be responsible for fact-checking communications; conducting background research on races, candidates, and key issues; drafting memos; and regular media monitoring.
Duties: The DLCC Political Intern will be involved in many of the day to day operations of the DLCC Political Department. The DLCC works to elect Democrats at the state legislative level, build Democratic majorities, retake state houses, and end right wing gerrymandering. The Political Intern would help the Political Assistant with logistics, preparation of materials, and organization of political meetings, trainings and events. The intern would also be tasked with research, drafting briefing materials, maintaining databases and working directly with other political team members on projects as they arise. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to gain in-depth knowledge of state legislative campaigns and state politics.
Operations and Compliance:
The Operations and Compliance Intern will be able to learn more about how political committees operate, gain skills in the many tools used in the committee, and gain an understanding of the legal components of campaign finance. The Intern will also have a chance to work with other departments and, based on the duties listed, have the ability to hone and expand relevant skill sets.
Duties: Assist in conducting research on state campaign finance, track campaign finance reports, assist in data entry and clean-up of reports and/or donor information via NGPVan and Excel, and assist the Operations department in a variety of capacities.