Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Internship Program
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?
About the DLCC
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the sole organization dedicated to electing Democrats to statehouses. Since 2016, the DLCC and state partners have built eight new majorities and flipped seats from red to blue across the country – paving the way for progress. State legislatures pass the policies that most affect Americans’ day-to-day lives, and flipping chambers from red to blue has an outsized impact on governing and public policy.
Taking back power starts at the local level. The DLCC recruits, trains, and supports local Democrats running for their state legislatures. We provide our candidates with the resources, field support, and data necessary to run smart, winning campaigns. By gaining a foothold in state legislatures, Democrats can engage supporters across the country and prepare for victories in statewide and national elections.
We’re powered by more than 200,000 supporters from all 50 states. Over 98% of our contributions come from grassroots donors (giving an average of $29), who fuel thousands of local Democratic candidates across the country.
Building up Democratic majorities in the states is more important than ever. With right-wing radicals proliferating state legislatures across the country and redistricting happening this year, our democracy is on the line. We’re counting on our supporters to get educated, involved, and take action in their communities.
The DLCC compensates interns competitively and provides a generous benefits package. We believe in work-life balance and understand that every intern has unique circumstances at home. We offer interns time off as well as flexible work options. We’re dedicated to treating one another with respect in the workplace, and prioritize racial equity and inclusion (REI) in our work with one another as well as with our stakeholders.
DLCC Internship Program
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.
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 staff members.
The DLCC Internship Program is offered on three different schedules:
Summer 2021 Session: Late May – Mid August
Application deadline: February 26, 2021
Fall 2021 Session: Late August – December
Application deadline: July 16, 2021
Spring 2022 Session: January – Mid May
Application deadline: November 13, 2021
Internships are offered for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. However, not all positions are available every semester.
*It is the DLCC’s commitment to prioritize the safety of DLCC staff, interns, guests, and the greater community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DLCC will not allow interns into the DLCC office for the Summer 2021 Internship Program. This means that the entirety of this program will take place virtually.
- Currently enrolled students in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or recent graduates are encouraged to apply, but the DLCC internship program is not limited to students or recent graduates.
- Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
- Must have an interest in state legislative politics.
How to Apply
The DLCC’s Intern Program is a paid internship at $15.00 hourly. Interns are eligible for DLCC benefits, including:
- Paid time off (vacation, sick, and personal leave),
- Paid medical/vision/dental insurance,
- 401k retirement contributions,
- Monthly use-it-or-lose it transit, and more.
To apply for an internship, please visit our careers page to complete an electronic application. Only complete applications through the application portal will be accepted. You must also include a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to be considered for the intern program. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for an internship, they may request it in writing by emailing email@example.com. No calls 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.
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 be an integral part of crafting the DLCC’s online presence, including the email program, social media, grassroots fundraising, and other digital content. 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; engage Democratic activists by preparing copy for social media for social media; compile analytics from digital platforms. The digital intern can expect 22-25 hours of work per week.
The Finance Department is responsible for raising the funds that are essential for flipping state legislatures and strengthening Democratic majorities in state legislatures 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.
The Finance Intern will assist the Finance team with NGPVAN Database maintenance, donor research, and prospecting on an ongoing basis. The intern would 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 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 Coordinator with logistics, preparation of materials, and organization of political meetings, training, 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.
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.
The Research Intern would be responsible for conducting background research on races, candidates and key issues; tracking legislation moving through the states; candidate vetting; and regular media monitoring.