An Internship That Matters

If you have progressive values and are looking for a school year internship that will make a difference, have we got a deal for you! Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Fall 2024 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 interns help Lake Dems at Illinois Democratic County Chairs
Association Brunch and Governor’s Day picnic at the State Fair August 2023.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that helps mobilize voters and activists throughout the 10th Congressional District. This is a good time to complete a political internship as we organize for the critically important 2024 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. Our interns are very active during the election cycles at the local, state and federal levels. We help turn out the vote for Democrats running for office at all levels of government. 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, the Founder of the Tenth Dems. “Many 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 and contingent upon an interview.

Residency in the 10th Congressional District is not required but applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats, and devote a minimum of 8 hours per week to the internship during the school year.

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

– Bonnie Berger-Neel, Chair of Tenth Dems