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Progressing Toward An Internship That Matters

If you have progressive values and are looking for a fall internship that will make a difference, have we got a deal for you! The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Fall 2019 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 one of the most widely watched Congressional districts in the country. This is the ideal time to complete a political internship as we prepare for the critically important 2020 elections. Tenth Dems interns have staffed issue forums and events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked on campaigns, and conducted research. Tenth Dems interns were very active during the 2018 election cycle, including legislative races, at the county board level, with countywide candidates, and in helping to turn the US House of Representatives blue. 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; however, 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, Tenth Dems’ Founding Chair. “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 an interview. Residency in the 10th District is not required but applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats, be able to travel to our offices, and devote a minimum of 8 hours per week to the internship during the fall. 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 You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@TenthDems).

Meet Our Interns in Our August 2019 Tenth News Newsletter

August 2019

Tenth Dems Hosts Debate Watch Parties For Second 2020 Presidential Primary Debates

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Democratic presidential primary debate watch parties in Northbrook and Bannockburn. We had fun co-hosting with Schneider for Congress and Northfield Dems. It might still be early in the race but people are definitely ready to see a Democrat in the White House!

Seeing Red?

If you’re like most Democrats, you can’t go a day without hearing something out of the White House that makes you wish you could just close your eyes and fast-forward to an announcement on Election Night that Donald Trump and his Republican enablers have lost in a landslide. What a moment that would be. But it’s going to take a lot of hard work—and you can help!
We have a new button that sums things up pretty well: “Seeing Red? Vote Blue!” Make sure you get a button! You can click here to purchase online. 

Not only does wearing this button let people know where you stand, it also reminds folks to do the most important thing when it comes to the election—to vote! And buying buttons from Tenth Dems helps support grassroots organizing so Democrats can reach voters and win in 2020.
It won’t be easy but, together, we’ll work to get it done!


Tenth Dems Helps Organize Expungement Summit In North Chicago

Thanks to everyone, especially all the volunteers (lawyers and non-lawyers alike), who made Saturday’s The Coalition to Reduce Recidivism Expungement Summit such a success. It was a lot of hard work but it was worth it.