Lake County, 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! Lake County Democrats (Lake Dems) is now accepting applications for its 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.
Lake County Democrats is a grassroots political organization that helps 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. Lake Dems interns have staffed issue forums and virtual events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked on campaigns, and conducted research. 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.
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, Chair of the Lake County Democrats. “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 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 will be conducted remotely, although some in-person opportunities (for those comfortable with them) will likely be available as the season goes on. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Twitter (@LakeCountyDems1) and Instagram (@LakeCountyDems).