Local Democrats To Hold Summer Internship Program That Will Make A Difference

Deerfield, IL – If you have progressive values and are looking for a summer internship that will make a difference, have we got a deal for you! The Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) and Lake County Democrats (Lake Dems) are now accepting applications for our Summer 2021 Internship Program. The internship is a substantive program designed for high school, college, and graduate students seeking an opportunity to become deeply engaged in the political process.

Tenth Dems and Lake Dems are grassroots political organizations that help mobilize voters and activists in some of the most widely watched Congressional districts in the country, which feature battle-tested members of the US House of Representatives, Lauren Underwood, Brad Schneider, and Sean Casten. This is a unique time to complete a political internship as we transition from the 2020 elections and prepare for supporting and electing Democrats in 2022. Our interns have staffed issue forums and virtual events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked on campaigns, and conducted research. Tenth Dems and Lake Dems interns were very active during the 2020 election cycle, including legislative races, at the county board level, with countywide candidates, and in helping to turn out the vote for Democrats running for the US House of Representatives and the White House. Interns may choose to complete general internships or specialize in areas such as media, technology, volunteer management, and political outreach.

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Internships are unpaid, educational positions. Academic credit is often available.

“This is an opportunity to learn about a grassroots political organization and to develop important skills,” said former State Representative Lauren Beth Gash, Chair of the Lake County Democrats and Founding Chair of Tenth Dems. “Many of our interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, as well as paid political positions with local campaigns, and jobs in Springfield, Washington, and with national not-for-profit organizations.”

Acceptance into the program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon a virtual interview. Residency in Lake County or the 10th District is not required but applicants must have a commitment to  electing Democrats and devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the internship during the summer. Summer internships will be conducted largely remotely, and some in-person opportunities (for those comfortable with them) will likely be available. Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to be part of the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal.

To apply or request more information, email us at info@tenthdems.org or info@lakedems.org. You can also follow us on Twitter (@TenthDems) (@LakeCountyDems1), Facebook (facebook.com/TenthDems), and Instagram (@LakeCountyDems).

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