The Texans for Obama internship program provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn and serve through first-hand participation in the election process. Interns must devote their time, energy, and skills to help build a better America and elect a leader who will bring Americans together. Interns will work from the Texas office, and coordinate with the following departments in Chicago: field organizing, communications, political, advance, press or constituency outreach. Although we expect a great deal from our interns, the selected candidates will make a genuine contribution to helping elect Senator Obama President in 2008.
· Applicants available to continue to help the campaign through February 2008 Texas primary will be given higher preference;
· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary;
· Personal discipline and a commitment to work in a fast-paced, continuously changing, often demanding work environment;
· Prepared to work long hours while navigating and prioritizing competing responsibilities;
· Previous campaign or political experience a plus though not necessary.
All internships are unpaid. Local housing is the responsibility of the applicant, though the campaign will help identify supporter housing insofar as is reasonably possible. Successful applicants may be placed throughout the state of Texas, and interns may be asked to change roles and locations throughout their tenure. The two-month internship starts in early June and ends in early August. Part-time internships available, but preference will be given to applicants who can work a full-time schedule. Please send your resume and cover letter stating why you support Sen. Obama to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship Benefits & Responsibilities:
The 2008 presidential election cycle will be one of the most interesting elections in American history. You will gain first-hand experience in the political arena and also build your resume. In addition, the campaign will reward interns for their hard work by inviting local elected officials and VIP's to network with the interns during weekly roundtable discussions.
Interns will participate in a broad range of office activities, ensuring a thorough and well-rounded experience. Interns should expect a balance of work that includes working independently within your department and also working with fellow interns on group projects. Tasks include but are not limited to:
· Blogging and facebook/myspace networking;
· Speaking to local Democratic clubs and tabling at community festivals/parades;
· Collecting video testimonials and recruiting letters to the editor;
· Phone calls to Obama volunteers and statewide activists;
· Optional weekend road trips to help train our statewide Meetup organizers;
· Planning a summer fundraising concert series across Texas;
· Road trip to Iowa/Chicago headquarters in early August.
To be considered for an internship, please submit your resume and cover letter by May 15, 2007. The priority deadline is May 1, 2007.