The Democratic Governors Association (DGA), the independent, non-profit, campaign committee responsible for electing and supporting Democratic governors, is seeking Communications interns for the Summer 2021 term. The DGA works closely with the state and Washington, D.C. offices of the Democratic governors as well as many other national Democratic and progressive organizations.
DGA internships allow interested students to obtain practical political experience within the DGA Communications Department including policy and candidate research, monitoring and summarizing news clips related to governors and their policies, managing press and political contact information, drafting social media and e-mail content for eventual publication, and administrative support to the DGA staff who are responsible for working with the nation’s Democratic governors and candidates to promote their agendas and position them to win campaigns.
DGA Communications interns are assigned a variety of projects and tasks that support the DGA Communications, Political, Digital, and Administrative staff. Communications interns mainly report to the Press Assistant and Digital Strategist for assignments and feedback, as well as regular check-in’s with the Director of Operations and Administrative Assistant who manage DGA’s internship program.
For the Summer 2021 Term, DGA internships will be entirely remote and selected interns are provided a program stipend of $5,000. Housing is not provided.
Applicants should submit a resume and 1-2 paragraphs on why you want to work as an Intern at the DGA and how you anticipate a DGA internship will benefit your career. Potential applicants who have an interest working on Democratic campaigns or supporting Democratic Campaigns are strongly encouraged to apply. No calls, please.
The DGA recognizes that its continued success requires a group of hardworking, intelligent interns from diverse backgrounds during each term. The DGA is committed to ensuring equal opportunity to participate in the DGA internship program regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status.
The DGA strongly encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply to its internship program and to share why your demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience working in diverse communities makes you a strong applicant as part of your cover letter.
- Assist in the research of policy initiatives/outcomes of the Democratic governors and their opponents for use in campaign communications;
- Assist in media monitoring and the compilation of news articles pertaining to the political landscape of governors and gubernatorial candidates;
- Assist in the management of important databases such as press contacts and political contacts;
- Assist in the production of meeting materials and news clips summaries for DGA staff and governors;
- Assist in drafting social media content for publication;
- Help with other special projects, assignments, and tasks as assigned by DGA Communications, Research, Political, Digital, and Administrative staff.
- Excellent punctuality and attendance;
- Good, professional verbal and written communication skills;
- Good and consistent attention to detail;
- Ability to cooperate and effectively communicate with a diverse staff and other interns;
- Ability to ask appropriate questions to gather information to complete a task on time and up to expectations;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.;
- Proficiency with other web tools such as Google Docs;
- Strong commitment to the principles of the Democratic Party;
- Strong interest in current events and national/state/local campaigns and politics;
- For summer terms, remote availability for a minimum of 32 hours per week is requested.
The DGA Internship Coordinator can work with selected interns and their school/program to obtain course credit for this internship.
The DGA offices are based in downtown Washington, DC and we are currently in a remote work protocol due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The DGA will work with potential candidates to schedule remote interviews and process on-boarding procedures remotely, as necessary.