SUMMER 2018 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

This unpaid internship provides a unique opportunity for hardworking, passionate, future leaders to gain hands-on exposure to county party politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process, and prepare for political opportunities. In addition to typical intern duties, interns will have the chance to volunteer in community outreach projects, assist at HCDP functions, and attend weekly meetings held by HCDP staff or guest speakers. They will also participate in grassroots efforts, such as phone banks, canvasses, and voter registration drives.

Interns will work in one of our five departments: Operations, Event Planning + Fundraising, Organizing + Data and Communications.

Operations interns will learn organizational management systems. They will:

● Gain exposure to management systems and practice

● Assist with special projects (i.e. assisting with the County Executive Committee Meeting)

● Research on venues, discussion topics and guest speakers for Town Talks

● Help with tasks in other areas as needed

Events Planning + Fundraising interns will learn the skills necessary to maintain the financial health of an organization the size of the Harris County Democratic Party. They will:

● Maintain database and spreadsheets

● Assist staff with donor/event research, creating call sheets, fundraising calls, and fundraising events

● Assist with planning events, guest lists, event promotion, and on-site execution including set up/break down

● Prepare mailings and solicitations

● Help with tasks in other areas as needed

Organizing + Data interns will learn how to effectively manage data and field operations, in addition to cultivating volunteers. They will:

● Maintain databases, lists, and calendar (i.e. NGP, VAN, volunteer lists and events)

● Assist with recruiting, training, and managing volunteers to build our volunteer capacity

● Assist with planning and coordination of appreciation events, training sessions, and meetings for volunteers and activist

● Assist in coordinating phone banks, canvassing, voter registration drives, and our field program

● Help with tasks in other areas as needed

Communication interns will learn how a political organization generates a following and communicates with it. They will:

● Get our message out to members and the general public via social media and email

● Assist with the promotion of events and various campaigns

● Play a role in our communications strategy

● Perform issue research and writing

● Draft press releases and correspondence; produce blog posts, photos, graphics, and other multimedia

● Help with tasks in other areas as needed

OVERALL REQUIREMENTS:

● An interest in politics and identify as a Democrat or progressive

● Quick to learn & keen attention to detail

● Basic technological proficiency (Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, Spreadsheet, Forms etc)

● Aptitude for creative thinking and output

● Strong verbal and written communication skills

● Commitment to maintaining office standards of confidentiality and discretion

● Some familiarity with the workings of government and issues in Harris County politics

● Flexible schedule & ability to work at least 15-20 hours a week Mon-Fri (possibly weekends), in the HCDP HQ office at 1445 N Loop W, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77008

HOW TO APPLY:

The Harris County Democratic Party is now accepting applications for the Internship Program. All applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Current copy of your resume
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Letter of Interest

Please apply by Friday, June 1, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. CST to be considered. CLICK THE LINK BELOW. Upon completion of the program, interns will be provided with a letter of recommendation for future endeavors. INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION: Monday, June 11, 2018.

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The Harris County Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis . Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.





Marsha "Micki" McGuire Fellowship

Related Information:

http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/HoustonChronicle/obituary.aspx?n=Marsha-McGuire&pid=187684231&referrer=298&preview=True

The Harris County Democratic Party presents a Fellowship to commemorate Marsha “Micki” McGuire for her dedication as a fierce defender of equal, civil, human and women's rights. McGuire organized Ohio for John F. Kennedy and participated in campaigns and Democratic clubs and organizations in every state she lived in. The longtime democrat passed away on December 28, 2017.

The Marsha "Micki" McGuire Fellowship helps progressive future leaders gain hands-on exposure into the world of Harris County politics.

Fellows will work with staff to:

● Recruit and train new volunteers

● Register voters

● Plan fundraisers to raise money

● Target voters with VAN & MiniVan

● Plan and execute Coordinated Campaign related projects

● Lead local voter registration and GOTV efforts

● Build a communications strategy

● Use social media to amplify our message

Candidates for the Fellowship program must be:

● Democrats or Progressives

● Self-directed individuals with a desire to enhance personal leadership skills

● Able to work in a fast-paced environment and multitask

● Committed to collaboration and teamwork

● Personally organized and hardworking

● Experienced in community service

● Strong communicators

● Willing to commit 20 - 30 hours a week

Interested applicants will be asked to apply for the internship , which includes a $1500 stipend per semester on behalf of the Harris County Democratic Party. The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, June 20th.

Please contact us at harrisdemocrats@harrisdemocrats.com or use our Contact Us form if you have questions or concerns.

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