Internships

This fall 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. 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. Our staff encourages interns to take leading roles in many ongoing projects, offering interns the opportunity to a foot in the door of Massachusetts’s politics. 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 inboxes of mail, voice mail, and email.

All interns should expect:
• To work hard and be challenged
• To work with people of all personalities and backgrounds
• To be flexible in a fast-paced environment
• To participate in one evening phone bank per week and one canvass per weekend
• To do everything that needs to be done to win in November!

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 August 30th; we will be interviewing and accepting positions on a rolling basis. The focus will be implementing our voter outreach strategy and ensuring we have the resources necessary to win in November. Consequently, we are seeking interns interested in learning about voter outreach and fundraising.

Specific descriptions are below.

Grassroots Outreach Interns
Will perform tasks such as:
• Practice proven methods and tools of political organizing, such as phone banking and canvassing
• Assist in executing our GOTV plan, including recruiting volunteers to participate in canvasses, phone banks, and Election Day activities
• Compiling daily press clips for staff
• Assistance of social media management and implementation

Will have an opportunity to:
• Become effective community and political organizers 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
• Develop a network among activists and community leaders
• Strengthen interpersonal and communications skills
• Inform the overall messaging campaign of our organization 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

Will need the following skills and qualities:
• Interpersonal
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Research

Will work most closely with: the Field Director.

Fundraising Interns
Will perform tasks such as:
• Upkeep of the Party database, including donor information
• Donor research
• Assistance with drafting fundraising communications
• Assistance with planning and executing fundraising events
• Participation in weekly phone banks and weekend canvasses with the outreach interns

Will have an opportunity to:
• Gain an understanding of statewide fundraising strategy
• 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
• Strengthen professional interpersonal skills
• Build a network among fundraising staff on campaigns and at organizations, as well as with influential leaders on different issues and in various communities

Will need the following skills and qualities:
• Research
• Attention to detail
• Organization
• Interpersonal
• Ability to work independently

Will work most closely with: the Finance Director.