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Democracy for America staff and interns put their talents and skills to work each and every day to make the Democratic Party more progressive and move our country forward.
Internships with DFA
DFA is looking for creative, motivated, and hard-working young people who want to get involved in progressive politics. You will be based our of our headquarters in beautiful Burlington, VT and have the opportunity to work directly with staff and play a substantive role in our work. 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 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.
Political research interns are crucial to our endorsement program. In addition to researching, vetting and prioritizing DFA's endorsement applicants, political research interns will work to identify top districts for DFA involvement in municipal, state and federal elections. Together, with the Political Department staff, interns help develop plans to elect progressive public officials and to put some of the biggest issues we face into an electoral context. Research interns should be politically-savvy, creative problem solvers, data-driven, avid readers and interested in public policy.
Field interns work directly with DFA Regional Field Organizers to elect progressive candidates and bring about progressive change. Field Interns can expect to learn the most up-to-date and effective grassroots organizing and campaign management skills. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable organizing and internship experience. The internship is tailored to self-starters who are passionately invested in progressive issues and are driven to effect real change at the local level.
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 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.
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.