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Communications Assistant

Democracy for America, a national progressive organization founded by Gov. Howard Dean with more than one million members nationwide, is looking for a Communications Assistant to help its growing Communications team attract media attention across the country.

This is an entry-level position that reports directly to DFA's Communications Director and will play a critical role in helping the organization meet, monitor, and track its communications goals.  Applicants will have the opportunity to learn or hone skills essential to working with the media on political campaigns, progressive nonprofits and government.

The ideal candidate will be well-organized, incredibly detail-oriented, and able to perform at a high level when the pressure is on, while also taking advantage of occasional "down time" to realize longer-term goals. 

Duties include:

  • Researching reporters, maintaining existing media contact lists, and building new media outreach resources 
  • Compiling and distributing daily reports on media coverage of DFA and DFA campaigns
  • Managing media monitoring for clips/news about national activities
  • Compiling and maintaining communications metrics
  • Working with other staff to continue to develop DFA’s Twitter profile and update press-related content on the DFA website
  • Assisting with the drafting of press releases, media advisories, and statements
  • Helping with local event pitching all over the country
  • Providing general support for media outreach efforts

Qualifications:

  • A burning passion for progressive political change
  • Strong research, writing and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail --  it really bugs you when a spreadsheet cell is missing data or a comma is misplaced 
  • The ability to multi-task and work under pressure in time-sensitive situations
  • An ongoing interest in news and the media and/or developing a career in political communications or press relations
  • A "can do," proactive work ethic
  • Comfortable with telecommuting -- while DFA has an office in Burlington, VT, most staff telecommute from around the U.S. and rely heavily on video conferencing, Gchat and email to communicate with each other

Salary and benefits are highly competitive for an entry-level position.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]  No phone calls, please.


Internships with DFA

DFA is looking for creative, motivated, and hard-working young people who want to get involved in progressive politics.  Depending on your department and supervisor, you may be based out of our headquarters in beautiful Burlington, VT, or may have the opportunity to work remotely, from your own home. The hands-on experience you gain at DFA will be invaluable wherever your education and career take you. We’re most impressed with applicants who are dedicated to promoting progressive causes, interested in honing their skills and committed to taking on some of our nation’s biggest challenges.

DFA has summer and semester-long internships available in the Electoral, Political, Fundraising, Communications, and Web Development departments. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to our Operations Manager Emma Interlandi ([email protected] ). In your cover letter, please tell us in which department you would like to intern, which season or semester, and whether you are applying for a full-time or part-time internship. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Electoral

Electoral interns are crucial to our endorsement program.  In addition to researching, vetting and prioritizing DFA's endorsement applicants, electoral interns will work to identify top districts for DFA involvement in municipal, state and federal elections. Electoral interns will have experience with online organizing and help craft and manage some of our online programs and help us take offline action. These interns help develop plans to elect progressive public officials and to put some of the biggest issues we face into an electoral context. Interns will be expected to help communicate information about candidates using content management systems such as ActionKit. Electoral interns should be politically-savvy, creative problem solvers, data-driven, avid readers, proficient writers and interested in public policy.

Political

Political interns work directly with members of our Political Team to create and run high-impact issue advocacy campaigns, to engage our members both online and offline, to help our training program run effectively and to support our endorsed candidates during high-stakes elections. Political interns will have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of valuable skills, from email writing to volunteer training to event planning and recruitment. These internships are an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the political world. Political interns need to be self-motivated, reliable and creative with solid writing skills. Most importantly, they must be passionate about progressive issues and willing to do the hard work necessary to make change happen.

Fundraising 

Fundraising interns develop key skills through a fast-paced, multifaceted internship program.  Interns are responsible for a number of intricate projects, many of which are self-driven and incredibly valuable to our team’s overall goals.  From scouring our database for new prospective donors to tracking down the latest polling results for our next cultivation piece, each day brings another challenge that will help establish a solid foundation for fundraising in the political world.

Interns also have an opportunity to work alongside our strong team of fundraisers, partnering with our development associates as they pilot our principals through call time and complicated travel schedules -- both basic must-know programs for an upcoming political fundraiser. 

Our team is high-energy, fast-paced, and ready to go day-in and day-out.  We’re looking for detail-oriented, well organized individuals who share our love for funding the work that needs to be done. 

Communications

Communications interns help with research, writing, editing, media tracking, pitching the media and a variety of other tasks that are necessary to keep DFA in the news and relevant in this 24/7 news cycle.  Using a variety of outlets -- including Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit, interns help spread the word about DFA to the world.

In this fast-paced world, you’ll never be bored, you’ll be able to watch TV for work, and must pay close attention to detail and value the AP style guide. 

Web Development

The technology department at DFA develops and maintains the main DFA website as well as a number of stand-alone ‘microsites’ that focus on specific issues or campaigns.  We provide online tools for our own staff and local volunteer organizers.  Dependent on skill level and interest, web development interns can expect a wide variety of different projects, such as: assist in building a ‘microsite’ or a page on our website, create new features for our website, or support other work. 

Interns Testify!

Leslie Drake, Queens University of Canada: “This is an office where you can tell jokes and also get important work done.  You don’t just do research or data entry, and you certainly aren’t asked to go get coffee and laundry.  At DFA, you get to have your name on national emails and contact lawmakers about their policy stances.  DFA is great about giving you responsibility so you feel like you’re actually creating change...not just padding your resume.” 

Kate Robbins, Knox College: “Interns at DFA have a rare opportunity to gain actual skills and a solid experience.  You’ll avoid menial tasks that typical interns face.  DFA really values their interns, and it shows in the respect and responsibility they give us.  Working with DFA as an intern isn’t just another thing to put on your resume -- you have the chance to really work for change, make great connections, and learn what working in progressive politics really means." 

Connor Jackson, Carleton College: "At Democracy for America you will gain invaluable political experience. Being an intern at DFA means having important and engaging responsibilities in advancing the progressive agenda. By communicating with constituents, legislators, and candidates alike, you can play a pivotal role in the workings of the political system. " 

Andrew Ellis, St. Olaf College: "The skills and life lessons I learned from my time as an intern with DFA will stay with me for the rest of my life. I got to experience first-hand a multitude of tasks that allowed me to combine my knowledge with new skills that I picked up on the job. From phone banking to web design, DFA taught me that I could tackle anything with the right skills and the right team. If progressive action-packed political involvement is what you're seeking -- look no further, Democracy for America is the organization for you."

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