This spring the Massachusetts Democratic Party is seeking passionate and dedicated interns interested in learning about the Massachusetts political process on a statewide level. Massachusetts Democratic Party interns are crucial to the success of the Party in many respects. Our internship program provides interns with the opportunity to get a foot in the door of Massachusetts’s politics.
Our staff encourages interns to take on leading roles in many ongoing projects, offering interns the opportunity to see projects through from start to finish. Interns are expected to approach their administrative tasks with the same enthusiasm and professionalism as their special projects. Administrative tasks include answering the phones, keeping the office organized, maintaining our paper and electronic databases, and managing our general office in-boxes of mail, voice mail, and email. Interns are often the first point of contact for someone reaching out to the office, and thus must maintain a professional report in both internal and external communication.
This spring we will be working with our Democratic leaders and activists to hold Republican Governor-Elect Charlie Baker accountable for his promises made on the campaign trail. Additionally, we will be preparing for Town and City Caucuses electing delegates to our Convention in September, and planning our Annual Roosevelt Awards Reception.
Applicants best suited for a 2015 Spring Internship are those interested in learning about the overall Democratic process, the structure of a year-round fundraising operation, and political communications.
We are asking for a commitment of 12 hours a week minimum. Please send a resume and cover letter that expresses why you are interested in working for the Massachusetts Democratic Party to Sarah Baughman. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 23rd; we will be interviewing and accepting positions on a rolling basis.
All interns should expect:
· To work hard and be challenged
· To work with people of all personalities and backgrounds
· To take ownership of specific projects
· To take initiative in creating projects and offering suggestions for established projects
· To work independently
Interns will perform tasks such as:
· Compiling daily press clips for staff
· Assistance of social media management and implementation
· Donor research
· Upkeep of the Party databases, including donor information
· Assistance with drafting fundraising communications
· Assistance with planning and executing fundraising events
Interns will have an opportunity to:
· Learn the ins and outs of a year-round political organization, specifically the structure of the Democratic Party on a local, state and federal level
· Develop essential skills to establishing a career in Democratic politics through the use of VoteBuilder and other key Democratic organizing tools that ultimately make our ground game more effective and enable us to collect and analyze data efficiently
· Build a network among activists and community leaders
· Strengthen interpersonal and communications skills
· Inform the organization’s messaging and fundraising strategy through research
· Contribute toward communications that reach a readership of over 15k by email, 10k people by Twitter posts, and 3k people by Facebook
· Enable staff to quickly capitalize on important issues and events
· Establish a foundation of fundraising skills that can be applied to both the private and public sector, including developing fundraising plans, evaluating donor potential, managing donor relationships, planning and executing events, and expanding a grassroots donor program
· Gain an understanding of statewide fundraising strategy
We are looking for interns with the following skills and qualities:
· Strong interpersonal skills, including -- with speaking on the phone
· Strong research skills
· Strong organizational skills
· Willingness to take initiative
· Attention to detail
· Ability to work independently