A Summer Internship that Matters

If you care about making the world a better place 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) are now accepting applications for our Summer 2022 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 is a grassroots political organization that helps mobilize voters and activists in and around the 10th Congressional District, which includes communities in Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties, north of Chicago. This area has elected more and more Democrats over the past several cycles, and we will be working especially hard this summer and fall to protect those gains (and elect even more Democrats). With Democrats predicted to struggle in the upcoming midterm election, this is an exciting time to complete a political internship. Our interns have staffed issue forums and events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked with campaigns, and conducted research. Tenth Dems interns were very active during the 2020 election cycle, including state legislative races, at the county board level, with countywide candidates, and helping to turn out the vote for Democrats running for the US House of Representatives and the White House. We expect the same level of participation in 2022, which includes all statewide races.

Interns may choose to complete general internships or specialize in areas such as media, technology, volunteer management, and political outreach.

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 Tenth Dems Chair Bonnie Berger-Neel. Lauren Beth Gash, Tenth Dems Founder and Democratic State Central Committeewoman, added, “Many Tenth Dems interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, as well as paid political positions with local campaigns, jobs in Springfield and Washington, and with national not-for-profit organizations. And several are now elected officials themselves.”

Acceptance into the program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon an interview (usually virtual). Residency in the 10th Congressional District is not required, but applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats and devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the internship during the summer. Summer internships may include remote opportunities, but we expect in-person participation this year, consistent with safe COVID practices.

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. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/TenthDems or Twitter at Twitter.com/TenthDems.

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