Why intern for the Democratic Party of Oregon?
An internship with the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) is a great way to get an insider view of Oregon politics. Whether you are trying to decide if you would like to pursue a career in politics, or just want to try something new, an internship with DPO is a great way to network and gain first-hand experience.
Specifically, this internship will provide opportunities to develop skills and experience in event planning and political logistics management, in addition to building relationships with the political community across the state.
The environment at the DPO is also an egalitarian, team-oriented, and supportive place to learn. We take interest in our interns’ professional goals and to strive to make their experience at the DPO as mutually beneficial as possible. Upon completion of the internship, interns will receive letters of recommendation, references, and resume reviews.
What will I do while working at the Democratic Party of Oregon?
The Events and Operations intern will work closely with the Operations Director and other staff members on projects including:
- Planning, promoting, and executing major events, including events such as the Platform Convention, Delegate Nominating Conventions, State Central Committee Meetings, and More
- Creating and managing correspondence, organizational systems, and promotional materials
- Attend DPO events and work with guest speakers and elected officials
- Coordinate with Community Partners & County Democratic Parties
In addition to the above, DPO interns also help:
- Assist and attend staff meetings, trainings, service events and other DPO projects as needed
- Perform basic office functions such as answering phones, responding to messages, and data entry
- Receive guests and volunteers as they enter the office, answer general questions
- Participate in grassroots efforts, such as phone banks, canvasses, and voter registration drives
What is the commitment?
This internship will last 3-6 months, according to each applicant’s schedule. Interns are expected to work occasional evening and weekend events and activities, with a set schedule during the 9-5 work week based off the interns availability. The ideal start date is in the beginning of January,, although finding the best mutual fit is paramount and we are willing to work with the ideal candidate’s scheduling needs.
The DPO maintains a business casual work environment, and interns are required to dress and act appropriately. The majority of contact that the DPO has with the public is through phone calls, walk-ins, and organizational meetings. Interns must act professional and accommodating to callers or guests who come to the office.
What are the qualifications and expectations for this internship?
The ideal intern has:
- Previous involvement in a Democratic county party, Democratic candidate campaign, or activism in a progressive cause is preferred
- Keen attention to detail is a must
- Ability to work independently and learn quickly
- Excellent social and critical thinking skills
- Aptitude for creative thinking and output
- A positive, can-do attitude and enthusiasm for the task at hand
- Basic technological proficiency, especially familiarity with Microsoft Excel
- Commitment to maintaining office standards of confidentiality and discretion
- Ability to be fluid with job duties and responsibilities
- Some familiarity with the workings of government and issues in Oregon politics
The Events and Operations Internship is an unpaid position.
How do I apply?
To apply, please email a resume, one-page cover letter, and three professional references to Candy Emmons, Operations Director at [email protected]. The DPO is an equal opportunity office and especially encourages those with diverse backgrounds to apply. Those seeking college credit through their college or university must get pre-approval from their department advisor.