***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 7 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline:
- Applicants are required to apply through the DNC's Lever portal, which will launch for summer 2021 in the early months of the new year.
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
INDUSTRY: Advocacy / Grassroots
ABOUT US: Interning at the DNC is a unique opportunity for hardworking, passionate future leaders to gain real-life, hands-on experience in Democratic politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process, and prepare for future political opportunities.
In addition to typical intern duties, you will have the chance to volunteer in grassroots organizing, assist at DNC functions, receive personal development training, and network with DNC leadership and staff. Each department offers you a unique learning experience.
RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Projects vary from department to department. You can find out more about each department here: https://democrats.org/internships/internship-departments/.
SPECIALIZED SKILLS: Any skills are applicable, as we have internships specifically in engineering, data, graphic design, and social media.
We assign interns to departments after we look at their skills. A list of our internship departments can be found here: https://democrats.org/internships/internship-departments/
REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: Internship programmatic planning includes Q&As, career development sessions, training sessions on VAN, panels, voter protection training, and happy hours.
TIME ZONE: ET
WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.
EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Laptop on loan from host organization
2020 Intern Reflection:
Working at the DNC has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Every day, I get the chance to see how the leadership of the Democratic Party goes about supporting our nominee, raising money, mobilizing supporters, and engaging with key stakeholders to bring historically marginalized communities to the table. Every day, I get to help compile and review the briefings each department prepare for the Chair for events he will lead the next day. The briefings have taught me a great deal about the priorities and resources of the party and senior leadership (as well as helping me stay on message). I have also had the opportunity to help support the outreach efforts of the Seat at the Table program of the DNC, which seeks to engage with and learn from Black women. I’ve interned for a Senate office and a state party previously, and this internship has really stood out as the most rewarding and exciting experience I’ve had yet.
The remote nature of this internship has changed some of my duties and has created unique challenges, but the incredible team in the Chair’s Office have worked hard to ensure that my experience is just as rewarding as any on site internship would have been.
-Hayden Davis '21
2019 Intern Reflection:
Interning in the Democratic National Committee is the perfect opportunity to learn about how political strategy, grassroots organizing, and coalition-building work on a national stage. By assisting with the daily operations of the office of the DNC chair, I gained insight into how the Democratic Party builds infrastructure, coordinates between stakeholders, and wins elections. My primary duties were writing and editing briefings for the Chair, the CEO, and their advisors, scheduling meetings and events, conducting outreach to elected officials and progressive groups, gathering political research, and providing other operational support/staffing to the other members of the office. A highlight has been helping to craft materials and plan events for Seat at the Table, the DNC's initiative to engage with Black women organizers and community leaders across the country.
I was part of a large and tight-knit intern cohort and felt that I gained insight into how all the other departments functioned, as well as my own. Intern programming allowed me to learn from DNC staffers outside of my immediate department and get to know DC better!
Una Corbett '20
2018 Intern Reflection:
I really enjoyed my internship in the Office of the Chair at the DNC. Each day I worked to assist the staff members in the office to ensure that the Chair is prepared and ready for whatever he has coming up on his schedule. This can mean preparing and editing briefings, scheduling flights and hotels, or a variety of other tasks. Since the Chair is involved with all of the different aspects of the DNC's work, I get the opportunity to interact with staff members and materials from all different departments, from Finance to Political to Comms. In addition to supporting the Chair in the day-to-day, I also work on longer term projects which have included compiling data, doing research, and drafting correspondence for the Chair. The DNC is a very exciting place to be, especially with midterm elections coming up.
I was also a part of a large group of interns who work in different departments in the DNC. The DNC internship program has allowed me to engage outside of the office - every week a different staff member will host a lunch where they talk about their experiences and career and answer questions from the interns. The DNC also brings us on tours of buildings like the Library of Congress and the Capitol. Two of my favorite memories of this summer were marching in the DC Pride parade and volunteering at and marching in the Families Belong Together Rally with the DNC.
Amanda Powers '21