The Democratic Party of Illinois is seeking dynamic individuals to fill multiple internship positions at our headquarters in Chicago and Springfield. The intern will assist party staff with day-to-day tasks as well as complete a long-term project based on which track they are placed in at the start of the internship. These tracks include organizing, finance, and communications.

About the Democratic Party of Illinois

Our work is year-round, and our programs focus relentlessly on supporting those who champion our causes and our communities. We seek outstanding applicants to help us achieve our mission of developing a robust state party organization that meets the diverse needs of our party stakeholders, from local leaders to our constitutional officers.

What Will You Do?

As an intern, you will assist party staff with day-to-day party functions in the track you are assigned. Each track will also be given a long-term project to complete by the end of the internship.  In addition to these responsibilities, DPI will offer professional development opportunities by DPI’s partners, elected officials and DPI staff. Interns are expected to physically report to DPI offices unless working in the field to fulfill their weekly work commitment and arrange for their own transportation to and from locations. Preference will be given to applicants that can be in the office as many hours as possible during the week.

Tracks and Responsibilities Include:

  • Organizing
    • Work to elect Democrats up and down the ticket 
    • Implement grassroots field tactics, including execution of effective activities, such as high traffic canvassing, door-to-door canvassing, voter registration, texting, and more
    • Engage with local stakeholders and constituency groups, local grassroots organizations, and partner/ally groups 
    • Meet voter contact and capacity building goals by recruiting, training and managing volunteers 
    • Learn and use digital tools to engage new volunteers, expand the electorate, and highlight our work on the ground
    • Provide organizational support as requested or necessary
  • Finance
    • Assist in call time preparation, staffing, and follow up with the Chair and senior staff
    • Prospect potential Illinois and national donors
    • Maintain NGP database
    • Assistant finance team in preparing for and staffing fundraisers, including DPI’s inaugural fundraising gala this fall
    • Assist in donor acknowledgment program
    • Draft invitations, memos, and other fundraising materials
    • Provide organizational support as requested or necessary
  • Communications
    • Prepare press clips from national and local news outlets for the organization
    • Work with communications department to create and maintain press lists
    • Assist with drafting of press materials like releases, advisories, newsletters, talking points, letters to the editor, and communications research
    • Provide general staff support to the communications department
    • Monitor news outlets and social media for stories to uplift in Party communications
    • Assist with drafting and creating content for DPI social media pages
    • Provide organizational support as requested or necessary

Who Are You?

A passionate promoter of Democratic values with a growth mindset who is looking for part-time experience in politics. Preference is given, but not limited, to college students with at least one year of undergraduate studies or recent graduates in any field of study. 

Application Requirements:

  • Full Application
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • 1 Professional Reference
  • Dependable methods of transportation, including means to public transportation or other methods to commute within the Chicagoland region or Springfield metro area.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Access to a laptop and cell phone.

Paid Internship:

Interns will be paid $16/hour. A commitment of at least 20 hours of work is required with a maximum of 24 hours per week, with specific days and schedule based on the interns’ availability. 

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should send an introductory email, application (HERE), and letter of recommendation to [email protected]. Applications for fall internships must be received by November 30, 2023. Winter internship begins January 15, 2024.

The Democratic Party of Illinois is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, marital, veteran or economic status, or any other legally protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The Democratic Party of Illinois is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the hiring process and on the job, as required by applicable law. Please contact Eric Litz ([email protected]) for any accommodations needed in the hiring process.

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