Interning for the Michigan Democratic Party is a great way to learn about state politics and the campaign processes that drive Democratic candidates into office. At the Michigan Democratic Party we are always looking for interns to contribute their time, hard work, and creative thought to a very competitive political climate. The program is designed to give a well-rounded experience, including substantial responsibilities in working with top Democratic staffers in Michigan.
Responsibilities and Qualifications
Intern responsibilities vary greatly and range from assisting with administrative and office duties to research and direct field work. The goal is to obtain work experience related to your career interests and serve as a stepping stone into further job opportunities. A commitment to the goals and ideas of the Democratic Party is a prerequisite. Applicants must be organized, responsible, and punctual, have good oral and written communication skills and be able to work with others in a political environment. Computer literacy is required.
Current Internship Openings
- Political Organizing Department – working with local Party organizations, elected officials, candidates and constituencies of the Party to elect Democrats; training of Party members; voter registration and education; issues conferences, and many other activities.
- Communications Department – working to get the Democratic message out to members and to the public through radio, TV, print media, phone, fax, the internet, and other means, as well as doing issue research.
- Finance Department – working to raise money for the Party by events, direct mail, telemarketing, membership, large donor programs, and other means.
- Website Development Task Force – utilize skills in web design and creating Flash based content to assist the political organizing department and the communications department with various internet based projects, assist with the design and maintenance of the Michigan Democratic Party website.
Depending on their educational institution, participants will be expected to work part-time, 10-20 hours a week, or full-time, 20-30 hours a week, to be eligible to earn class credit through this program. Hours are flexible and can be tailored to the student’s schedule. All work is voluntary and monetary compensation for participants will not be available. Car pooling is encouraged as transportation is not provided to the work site. By arrangement with a school, academic credit may be available. If your educational institution has an intern coordinator, please try and work with them if you wish to acquire academic credit. We will work with you and your professor to make this experience a meaningful one.
E-mail your resume to:
Nikki Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Caitlin O’Rourke (email@example.com). All resumes must be in PDF format with your first and last name in the title. Please include the position that you’re applying for in the subject of your e-mail.
Or send your resume by mail to:
Michigan Democratic Party, Attn: Nikki Williams, 606 Townsend St. Lansing, MI 48933