Whether it is working for a political party, a
politician, a candidate, or for the advancement of a particular issue, there
are many opportunities to get involved in politics. While there are many traditional political jobs available (such as being a field organizer or a congressional staffer), political work includes staffers from all different backgrounds and sectors including, IT, creative writing, media, and film. You might be a campaign field organizer. Working as a field organizer for a campaign of any kind is a fast-paced high responsibility position. Being at the frontlines of talking with voters and recruiting volunteers, field organizers build the base for the campaign’s person-person contact. Some responsibilities of field organizers include: recruiting volunteers, scheduling and supervising volunteers to work shifts and complete projects, and helping train and support volunteers. As a political staffer you would work to ensure a political office runs smoothly so the politician is aware of meetings, upcoming votes, and the concerns and interests of his constituents. Congressmen often have staff at various offices, both in their home districts and in Washington D.C. One of the positions that almost all Congressional offices have is a communications director. Communications directors are in charge of serving as a channel of communication between the Congressional office and the public and managing the flow of information to both the public and the press through interviews, press releases, and events.
Many political staffers work over 60 or 70 hours a week, and campaign staffers could work as much as 100 hours a week.
If you're interested in politics, you might also want to explore opportunities in:
- Government (work in federal, state, city positions)
- Advocacy (work to advocate/lobby around a particular cause)
Politics Job Search
Starting in politics is as simple as
getting involved. Whether it is interning or volunteering for a campaign,
political office, political advocacy group, or government institution, building
up a network of other political staffers and politicians is key to finding
political jobs. By researching campaigns, issues, or work that you are
passionate about, you can target the kind of work you want to get involved with. Finding jobs in political campaigns
beings by building a network; whether it
means volunteering for a campaign of your choice, interning at a political
office, attending political conferences, or being involved with the political
infrastructure of your city, district, or state. If you interested in
working as a political staffer, find out the internship programs at various
political offices. Many political offices will give hiring preferences to
students who live or go to school in their area of representation. If you would like to get involved with
campaigns, many political campaigns get more fundraising dollars to be able to
hire more staff as Election Day draws closer, and many times campaigns will
offer jobs to dedicated volunteers in addition to bringing in outside
professional staff. You can find your representative
with this search engine from the House of Representatives.
- LionSHARE hosts a wealth of opportunities for students and alumni. Under the job search tab, try key word searching ‘government,’ 'campaign' or 'advocate' or select‘government/administration/public policy’ in the employer industry menu. You can also use the Employer Directory tab to search for lists of organizations that have posted in the past. Many might have open positions on their web sites that they have not publicized on LionSHARE.
- CCE Sponsored Internships: Explore CCE's sponsored programs, including the Summer CCE Network in Washington, DC.
Democratic-Liberal-Progressive Organizations / Job Posting Sites:
- The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s list of
internship opportunities for students.
- The Democratic National Committee’s page with information
and the application for a summer internship. Also provided is information about
additional funding for the summer.
- Information for students interested in interning for the
Democratic Governor’s Association.
Center for American Progress
- The Center for American Progress self-describes itself as
an organization “dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through
progressive ideas and action.” Students can find grassroots organizing
internship program for various progressive issues.
- Centralized listing for internship/job posting from
Democratic members of Congress.
- PolitiCorps self-describes itself as a “national
leadership development program and political organizing bootcamp through a
combination of skills and policy classes, intensive field work, strategic
planning exercises, and access to a broad network of activists, strategists,
and policymakers.” Students can find grassroots organizing opportunities and
training through the PolitiCorps summer and year-long program.
- Grassroots Campaigns self-describes itself as “an
independent organization that does strategic consulting, fundraising, and field
organizing for good causes and candidates.” Students can find issue-specific
field organizing and canvassing work over the summer nationwide.
- Generation Progress self-describes itself as a “national
organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive
solutions to key political and social challenges through programs in activism,
journalism, and events.” Students work in issue-specific field organizing and
advocacy work over the summer and school year.
Republican-Conservative Organizations / Job Posting Sites :
- Internship information and application for working with
the Republican Governor’s Association.
- Internship information and application working for
working with the Republican National Committee.
- Internship information working for the National
Republican Senatorial Committee.
- Centralized listing for internship/job posting from
Republican members of Congress.
- The Leadership Institute self-describes itself as an
organization that “provides training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots
organizing, youth politics, and communications. The Institute teaches
conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the
media.” Students can post in a resume bank to get connected with potential
employers as well as attend events.
- Conservative Jobs is an organization self-describes
itself as a “free, online solution that connects conservative job seekers with
potential employers.” Students can post their resume, receive resume review,
and get connected to potential employers.
- Internship opportunities with the American Enterprise
Institute which self-describes itself “a community of scholars and supporters
committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and
strengthening free enterprise.”
Cato Institute Internships
- Internship opportunities with the Cato Institute which
self-describes itself as a “public policy research organization — a think tank
— dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free
markets and peace.”
Non-Partisan / Job Posting Sites:
- Listing of jobs from employers working in government
Last Updated December 2014