Republican Governors Association

Republican Governors Association

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Our office is able to host an IN-PERSON intern.

TIME ZONE: ET

WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government

ABOUT US: The Republican Governors Association is dedicated to one primary objective: electing and supporting America’s Republican governors. Republicans have steadily maintained the majority of governorships as millions of Americans prefer Republican chief executives in state leadership. Republican governors’ commitment to creating jobs, lowering taxes, eliminating unnecessary regulations, and enacting innovative, common sense reform has continuously proven to drive the nation forward.

DEPARTMENTS:

  • Fundraising Department: Fundraising interns support the RGA’s corporate and individual donor programs. They conduct research and prospect for new members using a variety of online sources, assist with the preparation of all membership marketing & correspondence, and help maintain the fundraising database. Fundraising interns also assist the Fundraising team in the preparation and execution of local RGA events and conferences.
  • Communications Department: Communications interns work directly with our Communications Director, with the goal of being trained and prepared to join the press office of a campaign, sitting elected official, or committee. Our interns assist with national and statewide media monitoring, assist in drafting press releases & news summaries, build statewide & national media lists, and take part in drafting social media content.
  • Political Department: Political interns learn the basics of political research and tracking. The RGA does not conduct field work outside of Washington, DC, but remains politically active in all states. The political intern’s day-to-day work will change largely on the needs of the Political team itself. Past work has included transcribing video and audio of our candidate tracking program, conducting research on both Democratic and Republican candidates, and compiling the political history of past primary & general elections.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The RGA is seeking interns to work alongside the fulltime staff of our Fundraising, Communications, Research and Political Departments. The RGA does its utmost to minimize busy work and further the personal experience and skillset of its interns, and office management work is kept to a minimum whenever possible. When applying, applicants should specify their preference of department, and their resumes should reflect relevant experience to that area of focus.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: All required equipment will be provided by the RGA.


2021 Intern Reflection:

This internship has offered me an incredibly valuable opportunity to get a glimpse at what working at a political organization is really like. Not only have I been able to work on a variety of projects, but I have spoken one-on-one with many members of the staff about their experiences and career paths. Being involved in the communications department of the Republican Governors Association, I have seen what goes into running the organization's social media, creating press releases, organizing events, communicating with journalists, and so much more. Throughout this internship, I have constantly been involved in a variety of exciting projects and actively contributed to the work of the RGA. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in a career in politics or political communications apply to this internship. The work itself is exciting, and the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful!

Libby Palanza

2019 Intern Reflection:

My favorite thing about the internship is that you really get to see the method behind the madness that is political strategy. The office culture at RGA is very department-driven, and if you like working with a small, tight-knit group, you can thrive in this setting. Within the first few weeks, I found myself picking up on patterns and noticing how even small things played into the bigger political narrative that the organization was building. If you want to become attuned to the backroom side of politics/see the big picture of how party politics work, the RGA is a great place to learn those skills and begin recognizing political patterns.

Grace Bannister '21

Washington, D.C.