We named our firm “270” for the number of electoral votes required to win the White House. Our team includes key leadership from across the Obama and Clinton campaigns, and we constantly hustle to achieve presidential-level work.
In our first four years, we’ve partnered with nearly 300 campaigns, companies, and causes to develop engagement strategies that connect them to the people they care about in a meaningful way.
We’ve worked with established organizations to make them more efficient, and helped innovators build campaigns and companies from the ground up. We’re changing the way our clients put their ideas into action – and changing the world in the process.
Our Seasonal Associates work closely with 270 staff to learn everything that goes into winning campaigns - from best practices for engaging and empowering communities, to the integration of digital strategy in grassroots organizing, to effective communications, training, and the power of analytics.
Seasonal Associates will dedicate their time to one or more areas of focus at the firm, including but not limited to: grassroots & digital engagement, marketing & communications, digital advertising, design, data & analytics, and business operations.
This position will be based in Chicago, IL or Washington, DC. Applicants should be available to work 20-40 hours a week and must receive class credit or a stipend from their University for their time spent with 270 Strategies.
WHY JOIN OUR TEAM
• Receive regular coaching and training from your manager
• Set personalized goals using our strategic planning framework
• Join our internal learning programs and meetings
• Meet with your Seasonal Associate cohort to share learnings and ideas
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
• Excellent interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills
• The ability to be detail-oriented, multitask, meet deadlines, and think critically and creatively
• The ability to work efficiently and learn quickly in a fast-paced environment
• A strong desire to learn and commitment to changing the world
Your statement of interest should include your desired location (DC or Chicago), start and end dates, and answer the question: “How will you help us do big things?”
In this answer, please indicate the department(s) you are interested in working with. Our departments include: grassroots & digital engagement, marketing & communications, digital advertising, design, data & analytics, and business operations.
2017 Intern Reflection:
This summer I worked as a Seasonal Associate at 270 Strategies, a political consulting and grassroots engagement firm founded by Obama campaign veterans. 270 helps political campaigns, advocacy groups, and corporations achieve their goals; its previous clients include Planned Parenthood, Tesla, and Ready for Hillary.
As a member of the Engagement Team, which focuses on grassroots/digital strategy and organizing, I assist clients with anything from drafting endorsement emails to vetting campaign surrogates. Generally I am assigned to 2-4 client teams at a time, which keeps my internship varied and exciting.
For my biggest project, I helped build a nationwide environmental advocacy campaign that targets vulnerable representatives in fourteen Congressional districts. I recruited, hired, and trained field organizers, as well as compiled district-level research to aid organizers with coalition-building. 270 is heavily invested in the personal development of their staff. Every week my manager and I would meet one-on-one to discuss my professional goals, and then he would intentionally select projects with those goals in mind.
I would recommend 270 to anyone who is interested in politics, but is concerned about routine, monotonous work at more traditional political organizations. Since clients and client-needs change regularly, no two weeks at 270 ever look the same. If the dynamic environment is not enough of an incentive, 270 has free snacks, office-wide lunches, and a variety of large bouncy yoga balls to replace your chair! Also, dress code is casual.
Catherine Zhang '19
2016 Intern Reflection:
This summer, I had the opportunity to work at 270 Strategies, a political consulting firm that uses lessons learned about grassroots organizing and digital strategy from Obama’s presidential campaigns to serve both domestic and international clients ranging from corporations to congressional campaigns to progressive non-profits. As a young, vibrant company with offices in Chicago and DC, 270’s main mission is to “Do Big Things”, partnering with those who are committed to changing the world.
As a seasonal associate in the Data Analytics department, I had the opportunity to build voter turnout models, assess client data management programs, explore digital tools for managing voter databases, and create internal data team training materials. I learned about how powerful data analytics is for political ventures, both to inform and support the decision-making process as well as to analyze and reflect on the success of those decisions. 270 treated me like a true member of the team, allowing me to work independently on exciting, meaningful client work and teaching me invaluable personal and professional skills.
Most importantly though, working at 270 Strategies has been wonderful because of the amazingly personable, talented, and driven people you get to meet and interact with on a daily basis. Not only are they incredibly intelligent and skilled at the work that they do, they are also so generous and willing to spend time discussing their backgrounds, finding common ground in hobbies from basketball to dance, and dispensing life and career advice. While you will certainly work hard and gain a lot of professional experience at 270, what you will remember most are the people you’ve met and the connections you’ve made here.
I would recommend 270 to someone who is strongly committed to liberal values, would like to learn more about consulting, and is unafraid to be challenged with independent work for a myriad of projects. As a math and computer science student, working at 270 Strategies helped me to understand how the seemingly disparate fields of technology and public policy can intersect and unite to make better informed decisions for a common, progressive goal.
–Shira Li, ’19
2015 Intern Reflection:
This summer, I worked with 270 Strategies, a consulting firm that applies lessons from grassroots organizing and digital campaigning to the real world. The firm works with a variety of clients in the US and abroad and has been growing rapidly since it was started only 3 years ago.
As a Summer Associate in the Grassroots Department, I was put on client teams, and helped develop content and design recommendations for our clients. I participated in meetings, trainings, and brainstorming sessions and was given challenging and meaningful tasks throughout the summer. I never had a dull day at 270 and learned tremendously from work I was asked to do.
But the best part about 270 for me was definitely the people and the office culture. 270 brings together smart, passionate, diverse people that all share progressive values and want to enable people with the same values to accomplish their goals. They are some of the funniest and smartest people I met and went out of their way to give me advice on the future, include me in their work, and teach me new skills. Still a young company with a start-up feel, 270 fosters this kind of culture - it encourages creativity, boldness, and going beyond expectations whenever you can. I learned so much from the people around me and their stories.
I would recommend 270 to anyone who wants to get more of an idea of what consulting is, who wants to learn the tools that help people solve problems, and that has a strong commitment to progressive values and issues. To quote the best piece of advice I learned this summer, anyone who believes in the statement, "show up early and say yes," will have a great time with 270.
Avinash Saraf '17