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Internships at Democracy for America: Full Time

To apply for a Democracy for America internship, please send a cover letter and resume to Operations Manager Emma Interlandi at 
In your cover letter, please tell us with which department you would like to intern, which session (fall, spring, summer), and approximately how many hours per week you’re interested in working.
All internships (except in the Fundraising Department) are completed remotely. Remote interns will utilize video conferencing, email, phone, and other online tools for a successful internship. Fundraising internships must be completed at our headquarters in Burlington, Vermont.
All DFA interns are paid $15 per hour (unless interns prefer to receive course credit, if that is allowed and approved by their school). Interns will be provided with the tools and materials necessary for a successful internship. If you have questions on this, or concerns that you do not have the technology required for a successful internship, please email to see how this internship could still be possible for you.

Democracy for America (DFA) is looking for creative, motivated young people who want to get involved in progressive politics. Interns are key members of the DFA team, working directly with staff to play a substantive role in their department. You may find yourself researching current issues, coordinating progressive events, contacting VIP donors, or conducting a wide variety of other important business. The hands-on experience you gain at DFA will be invaluable wherever your education and career take you.
Campaigns: Campaign interns are a vital part of keeping the DFA campaigns team running. The campaigns intern will work in deep consultation with members of the campaigns team to research and vet candidates, create graphic and written assets for use on social media, write email copy to communicate with our members, and other small and large tasks that are fundamental to win important elections and issue campaigns across the country.
Prospective interns should possess a basic knowledge in research and reporting, strong writing skills, a keen eye for detail, and a willingness to learn as they work. 
Campaigns interns are asked to work a maximum of 30 hours per week. Although some work can be completed outside of work hours (8ET - 5ET), interns are expected to be available as much as their school/outside schedules allow.
Campaigns interns should have regular access to a quiet environment where a reliable internet connection is available. Having a computer, webcam, and phone is important, but not contingent on acceptance.
Responsibilities for campaigns interns include:
  • Research and vet candidate applications.
  • Evaluate and write reports on the “state of the race” in key elections.
  • Assist with candidate interviews.
  • Compose member engagement and fundraising emails
  • Monitor social media and email inboxes
  • Assist with merchandise campaigns
  • Generate content for social media
  • Periodically manage social media accounts

Social Media/Digital: Social Media / Digital interns work with our Communications and Digital departments to organize online, promote DFA's work, and keep DFA in the news and relevant in the 24/7 news cycle. Using a variety of social media platforms, interns help drive the social media presence of DFA. Do you yell at your TV when a news anchor gets a key fact wrong about a political campaign your following? Or have you participated in a grassroots tweetstorm or responded to an editorial in your local newspaper spreading fake news? If so, this paid internship is for you.

Fundraising: Fundraising interns develop key skills through a fast-paced, multifaceted internship program. Interns are responsible for a number of intricate projects, many of which are self-driven and incredibly valuable to our team’s overall goals. From scouring our database for new prospective donors to tracking down the latest polling results for our next cultivation piece, each day brings another challenge that will help establish a solid foundation for fundraising in the political world.
Interns also have an opportunity to work alongside our strong team of fundraisers, partnering with our development associates as they pilot our principals through call time and complicated travel schedules -- both basic must-know programs for an upcoming political fundraiser. Our team is high-energy, fast-paced, and ready to go day-in and day-out. We’re looking for detail-oriented, well organized individuals who share our love for funding the work that needs to be done.