Dear Queensborough Community College Student:
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Major(s): All majors; Political Science; Social Science
The Queens Borough President is seeking motivated interns for the fall semester. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the inner workings of city government and gain hands on experience working in politics. Interns will assist with a variety of projects and general office duties. Applicants should have a sincere interest in public service, must be able to work a minimum of 8 to 10 hours per week. This is for credit, college students and graduate students of all majors are encouraged to apply. This position is unpaid, but we are willing to work with universities to obtain credit.
Major(s): Journalism; English; Business; Marketing
Springer Publishing Company seeks an intern to work through the fall in our fast-paced marketing department. We are an independent academic, consumer health, and medical publisher with a growing books, journals, and digital publishing program.
Duties will include:
This internship is ideal for a college student interested in pursuing a career in professional and scholarly publishing. While gaining work experience, the intern will benefit from substantive experience and ongoing learning opportunities and mentoring from our staff.
Major(s): Social Sciences; Political Science; Office Administration Technology
Position Type (Full-time, Part-time, Internship, or Volunteer)*: Internship
Position Description*: Our office is seeking highly motivated students to serve as interns in our New York City Headquarters for our Fall 2015 Internship Program.
780 Third Avenue, Suite 2601 New York, New York 10017
Our internship program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Students are provided with a unique vantage point from which to observe and participate in government work. Interns will be placed in a number of departments in the Senator’s office including Constituent Affairs, Community Outreach, Press and Operations.
Qualifications for Applicant: 3.0 GPA
Application Deadline(s): 7/24/15
Desired Start Date: Approximate hours per week: 16
Major(s): IT; Math and Computer Science
The CUNY IT Specialists Internship Program provides currently enrolled CUNY students with paid internships - starting rates average from $12 to $14 an hour - at participating NYC government agencies in Helpdesk/Technical Support, Programming, Databases, GIS, Web Development & IT Business Analysis.
This program provides a unique opportunity for hardworking, passionate future leaders to gain hands-on experience in Democratic politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process and prepare for the political opportunities. In addition to typical intern duties, interns will have the chance to volunteer in community outreach projects and grassroots organizing, assist at DNC functions, take tours across the Washington, D.C. area and attend weekly meetings hosted by DNC staff. Each department offers a unique learning experience, ultimately contributing to the success of Democrats throughout the nation.
The Accounting Department manages both the budget and finances for the DNC. Department responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensuring Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings are completed timely and accurately in compliance with FEC guidelines; maintaining vendor relations, coordinating timely payments, processing invoices and reimbursements, tracking donor deposits, and helping to administer DNC’s joint fundraisers with various campaigns and states. Interns can expect to assist in these processes, completing tasks including filing, drafting reports in and out of excel.
Association of Democratic State Chairs (ASDC)
The Association of State Democratic Chairs provides guidance, support, and technical assistance to state Democratic parties. It trains new state chairs, vice chairs, executive directors, and staff. It serves as a liaison for state parties and coordinates meetings and forums. A list of current state chairs, state party headquarters, and executive directors is available from the ASDC office. Interns can expect to provide support to the ASDC training and operations departments by helping to plan and manage ASDC events and trainings, maintaining and consistently updating the ASDC member database, and communicating with members by drafting emails and using basic digital skills.
Chief Executive Officer’s Department
The office of the CEO provides central management of the Democratic National Committee. It coordinates the work of DNC Divisions to ensure an efficient and coordinated strategy and program. The Chief Executive Officer develops the strategic plan for the DNC as it relates to supporting a democratic president’s agenda and the election of Democrats at Federal and state levels and insuring that the strategy is implemented. The CEO also oversees the day-to-day operation of the Committee. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by preparing briefings for upcoming meetings, booking travel and providing further operational support.
The Communications Department facilitates the DNC's interaction with the public. Using traditionalmethods of communication (e.g. press releases and media events) in combination with new media tools (e.g. website content and online tools), communications works to promote President Obama's agenda and provide support to our state parties, Democratic candidates and officeholders. Through our rapid response, research efforts and regional press teams, communications holds Republicans accountable, advances the party’s principles, and helps Democrats win elections. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by media monitoring, list building and maintenance, drafting written materials, and assisting with general needs of the department.
The Digital Department specializes in online organizing, advocacy, and fundraising, communicating directly with the DNC's long-time subscribers and newly-recruited members. By using the DNC's own website and email lists, as well as social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, the digital department is continuing to build on the Obama campaign's success to harness online interaction and participation to help pass the President's agenda and elect Democratic candidates across the country. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by creating content, monitoring social media and collecting stories for upcoming projects.
The Finance Department oversees the fundraising operations at the DNC and is responsible for raising the funds that fuel Democratic Party activities in all 50 states. An intern in finance will learn the ins and outs of political fundraising. Interns will assist finance staff in the planning and execution of DNC fundraisers across the country. Typical daily intern tasks will consist of promoting upcoming events, managing donor databases, processing contributions, as well as other administrative tasks. However, the most rewarding part of being an intern in finance is being able to help staff local fundraising events with top Democratic leaders.
The Marketing Department is responsible for the direct mail and telemarketing fundraising at the DNC. Marketing staff work closely with the communications, research and political departments to ensure that our messaging to our donors is in line with our paid and earned media efforts. Marketing also handles the merchandise produced and sold by the DNC. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by taking phone calls, sorting mail, managing databases, creating mail packets, participating in production calls, mail calls, and strategy meetings.
The DNC Media Center is responsible for all of the media needs of the DNC and Democratic members of Congress. The studio manages all video, television and other operations for media production including satellite shoots for live television, in studio shoots for members of congress, and on location shoots for the President and other members of the Executive Branch. Interns can expect to participate in these processes by assisting on the video shoots with members of congress, cataloging and organizing video equipment, and digitizing tapes from past election cycles for our opposition research efforts.
Office of the Chair
The Chair’s Office is responsible for assisting, staffing, and prepping the Chair in all of her DNC-related responsibilities. Interns can expect to assist the Deputy Director and provide support for Chair’s Office to maximize the Chair’s efficiency and efficacy in leading the Democratic Party. Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to: Compiling daily news clips, managing data, conducting research, and periodically operating the front desk.
Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary coordinates the planning of all National Committee, Executive Committee and Standing Committee meetings. This office also serves as the DNC’s liaison to the National Committee members. As the Party’s official record keeper, the secretary’s office maintains the DNC’s official membership lists and coordinates archival storage of the Party’s official records. It also compiles the list of national convention delegates, oversees convention voting operations, and publishes the official proceedings of each convention. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by monitoring media, helping plan and staff DNC meetings and by responding to correspondence, among other projects.
The DNC Operations department is responsible for management and monitoring of the committee’s day to day business and legal activities. The department ensures that the business operations are efficient and effective and that the committee resources are managed in a way that allows for the implementation of the strategic plan as determined by the executive director. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by performing essential office duties, such as filing invoices, managing databases, responding to correspondence, staffing events, and helping to plan intern events. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with every department of the DNC, fostering a strong understanding of business operations for a mid-size organization.
Party Affairs and Delegate Selection (PADS)
This department oversees the institutional affairs of the Democratic National Committee: party rules, the delegate selection, DNC and convention standing committees, official appointments and nominations, and early preparations for the convention. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by monitoring media, conducting legislative research, preparing briefs and memos, and staffing meetings.
The Political Department develops and implements the coordinated campaign strategy on behalf of the DNC with Democratic candidates at federal, state and local levels. The political department also coordinates the interaction between the Party, state parties, and allied organizations. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by preparing briefs and memos for principal travel and events, conducting intensive research on a variety of projects, in addition to providing staff with full office support.
The Research Department is responsible for fact-checking Republicans and defending Democrats. They do the deep digging on Republican presidential candidates to find the information that helps Democrats win national elections. They are responsible for knowing all there is to know about key political players. They hold Republicans accountable through tracking their events, monitoring news and social media, diving into news and video archives, and gathering various types of data to pull out information that will be used in ads, press releases, articles, speeches, and debates to name a few. Interns can expect to assist in these processes though monitoring media, transcribing, tracking and collecting data.
The Technology Department provides the DNC and its affiliates with data-driven solutions to high-level strategic and operational problems. The department is responsible for designing, building, and supporting an ever-increasing number of innovative applications and large-scale databases. Technology interns are exposed to the next, newest, and greatest advancements in political technology. Interns will be asked to take on special projects for various teams in the Technology department and, from time-to-time, other departments of the DNC. Each internship will be uniquely tailored to the skill-set of the individual selected, but will be designed to enhance each intern’s understanding of the critical strategic role that technology plays in every facet of the Political process.
The DNC Voter Expansion Program seeks to make the voting process easier and more accurate by ensuring that each eligible voter is able to register, each registered voter is able to cast a vote and that each vote is accurately counted. Interns will conduct research and writings about a variety of voting rights and election administration issues, including state compliance with federal election laws, redistricting, and legal and legislative developments on the state and national level that affect the right to vote. Interns can expect to assist with research on various topics, draft memos to succinctly summarize research, help develop our online and social media presence, and participate in on-going projects about voting rights and voter protection.
Fall 2015 semester
Deadline to apply: July 17, 2015
Must be done for credit: Minimum 24-30 credits and Minimum GPA 2.5.
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Thank you for your attention.
Office of Career Services
Internship Coordinator/Placement Advisor