During July 25–28, 2016, in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Democratic Party will convene its quadrennial convention to nominate the 45th President of the United States. The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) is responsible for all aspects of the planning and execution of this Convention, from housing the delegates to convening Platform Committee meetings and producing the Convention’s live programing, seen by millions of people around the world.
The Democratic National Convention Committee is looking for enthusiastic, politically-minded future leaders for the 2016 Internship Program. This program is designed to give highly-motivated interns an inside look at how the 2016 Democratic National Convention is put together. Interns will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with DNCC leadership and staff in planning the Convention.
To reflect the demographics of the Democratic Party, we encourage individuals from all ethnicities, of all genders, with all levels of education, and from any geographic location to apply for the Internship Program. We welcome applications from individuals who may or may not have been previously been involved in the political process; those who are currently enrolled in educational institutions, those out of school, or those currently in the workforce; and individuals who reside either in the Philadelphia region or elsewhere in the country.
We recognize that this short term opportunity may not be financially feasible for all individuals. To that end, we have limited financial scholarships available to help offset costs for qualified individuals who are selected to participate in the Internship Program. Applicants will have the opportunity to pursue a financial scholarship as a part of their application process.
· 18 years of age or have completed one year of college
· Must submit required application and documents
Internship Selection Criteria
· Priority given to residents of Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware
· Demonstrates commitment to community service
· Willingness to participate in internship program
· Involvement in extracurricular activities
· Excellent communication, write and computer skills
· High level of professionalism
· Complete Internship Application
· Submit current resume
· Provide two letters of recommendation (academic or professional)
· Submit materials online through the DNCC website
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the dates of the Internship Program?
June 1st – August 5th
When is the deadline to submit the Internship Program application?
When will selected interns be notified?
No later than the week of May 2nd
How are interns selected?
All interested intern applicants will submit an online application. Applications will be carefully reviewed for opportunities in each department at the DNCC. Select applicants will be required to conduct an in person or video conference interview. Final selections will be determined based on staff needs and applicant qualifications.
What experience can interns expect at the DNCC?
The skills developed in this internship program can be used in virtually any profession. Interns are able to use skills they already possess and apply them to real-life work scenarios. Internships at the DNCC are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will allow interns to see the behind-the-scenes events of the Democratic National Convention.
DNCC interns perform a wide range of responsibilities, including assisting senior staff, preparing memos, attending meetings and events, acting as the first point of contact to the convention by answering phones and greeting visitors at the front desk, assisting with special projects, and any other duties that are needed by the department head.
What qualifications is the DNCC looking for in potential candidates?
Interns must be either at least 18 years of age or have completed one year of college. Each individual should be interested in the political process, detail oriented, eager to learn, have the ability to multi-task and be flexible, and understand the importance of confidentiality.
How many interns will be selected for this program?
There will be approximately 50 positions for the DNCC Internship Program.
Will a salary or stipend be included with the internship?
We have a limited number of scholarships for those who demonstrate a financial need.
Is class credit given?
Applicants may request credit for their internship. The internship program advisor will work with the applicant and his or her supervisor regarding the requirements for receiving credit.
Do interns have to be from the Tristate area?
No, however priority will be given to local candidates.
Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
All interns must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Do you have to be a registered Democrat to apply?
Is preference given to registered Democrats?
The DNCC is a political organization affiliated with the Democratic Party. Demonstrating a commitment to the party is one factor that will be considered in the application process.
Is there a background check?
Like many employers, the DNCC does conduct a background check. Each case is considered individually.
Will housing be provided for interns?
Unfortunately we are not able to cover any housing expenses for interns.