Tenth Dems offers spring internships

The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (“Tenth Dems”) is pleased to begin accepting applications for their Spring 2012 Internship Program. This substantive, intensive internship program—available for course credit—is designed for young people deeply interested and engaged in the political process. Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that helps to mobilize voters and interest groups in one of the most hotly contested congressional districts in the nation. Our internship program offers participants the opportunity to develop specific, marketable skills in numerous fields of study. Many former interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, paid political positions in local campaigns, Springfield or Washington, or national not-for-profit organizations.

Tenth Dems interns and volunteers with Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Attorney General Lisa Madigan at the Illinois State Democratic Convention, August 2012

This is the perfect time to complete a political internship, as Democrats prepare for the spring 2013 local elections and the 2014 midterm elections. General assignments include door-to-door canvassing with candidates, work in campaign offices, staffing of events and issue forums, and research. In the past, interns have staffed Tenth Dems events featuring then-state legislator and now U.S. President Barack Obama, former senators Evan Bayh of Indiana and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, 1972 presidential nominee George McGovern of South Dakota, Vermont Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Mark Begich of Alaska, and our own Dick Durbin, as well as numerous Illinois state and local elected officials. Interns may also complete specialized assignments in new media, IT management, and political outreach. The internship is really what you make of it.

Internships are unpaid educational volunteer positions, and our spring interns are expected to commit eight hours per week. Course credit is available with cooperating high schools and colleges. Acceptance into the internship program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon an interview. Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to complete the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal.

Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District contains portions of both Cook and Lake Counties, stretching from Winnetka in the south up to the Wisconsin border along the lake. The district includes all or part of the following towns: Arlington Heights, Bannockburn, Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Fort Sheridan, Fox Lake, Glencoe, Glenview, Grayslake, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Hainesville, Highland Park, Highwood, Indian Creek, Ingleside, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Lakemoor, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, Mettawa, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Niles, North Chicago, Northbrook, Park City, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Riverwoods, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Third Lake, Vernon Hills, Volo, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Wheeling, Winnetka, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion. The district was named by The Washington Post as one of the “10 Most Likely to Flip” in the November 2012 election, and was one of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC’s) 35 national “races to watch.” Democratic Representative-Elect Brad Schneider defeated incumbent Republican Robert Dold in November.

To apply, request more information, or for any questions about the program, please contact Karen McCormick, Managing Director, or State Central Committeewoman and former State Representative Lauren Beth Gash, Chair. Email info@tenthdems.org or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

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