Democratic National Committee - Office of the Chair


Democratic National Committee (DNC), Office of the Chair

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. It's also a great way to form lasting connections and memories.

In addition to typical intern duties, you will have the chance to volunteer in community outreach projects and grassroots organizing, assist at DNC functions, take tours across Washington, D.C., and attend weekly lunches hosted by DNC senior staff.

The Chair’s Office is responsible for assisting, staffing, and scheduling the Chair in all of his DNC-related responsibilities. Interns can expect to assist the Chief of Staff and provide support to maximize the Chair’s efficiency and efficacy in leading the Democratic Party. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: preparing briefings for upcoming meetings and events, participating in the review process for a range of documents, assisting with scheduling, booking travel, managing archives, and providing further operational support.

As the 2020 campaign process kicks into gear, interns should be prepared to complete assignments with short deadlines without sacrificing quality, comfortable working in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment, and detail-oriented. Campaign experience, awareness of the political landscape, and the following of current events, particularly within the Democratic Party, are preferred.

This internship will run from 5/29 to 8/7.

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

Washington, D.C.