The Accounting Department manages both the budget and finances for the DNC. Department responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensuring Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings are completed timely and accurately in compliance with FEC guidelines; maintaining vendor relations, coordinating timely payments, processing invoices and reimbursements, tracking donor deposits, and helping to administer DNC’s joint fundraisers with various campaigns and states. Interns can expect to assist in these processes, completing tasks including filing, drafting reports in and out of excel.
Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC)
The Association of State Democratic Chairs’ mission is to help build strong state parties in order to elect Democrats from the State House to the White House. To accomplish this goal, the ASDC focuses exclusively on the current and future needs of State Democratic Parties. It acts as a service organization dedicated to supporting and educating its members, State Party executive directors and staff. Located within the Democratic National Committee, the ASDC represents state party interests at the DNC as well as with the other national campaign committees: Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors’ Association and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Interns can expect to provide support to each of the four Regional Representatives as well as the training and operations departments. Duties vary but interns help to plan and manage ASDC events and trainings, maintain and consistently update the ASDC member database, and communicate with state parties by drafting emails and using basic digital skills.
Civic Engagements and Voter Participation
The mission of the Civic Engagement and Voter Participation Department is to ensure every eligible American is engaged as an active participant in our Democracy and is able to vote in free, fair, and accessible elections. We focus on a year-round and long-term approach to combating voter suppression, as voter expansion and protection efforts become a more integral part of party operations. This entails research on a variety of voting rights and election administration issues, including state compliance with federal election laws, redistricting, and legal and legislative developments on the state and national level that affect the right to vote. With this research interns will draft memos to succinctly summarize our findings, help develop our online and social media presence, participate in on-going projects about voting rights and voter protection, and speak to voters nationwide through our year-round Voter Hotline.
The Communications Department facilitates the DNC’s interaction with the public. Using traditional methods of communication (e.g. press releases and media events) in combination with new media tools (e.g. website content and online tools), communications works to promote a Democratic president’s agenda and provide support to our state parties, Democratic candidates and officeholders. Through our rapid response, research efforts and regional press teams, communications holds Republicans accountable, advances the party’s principles, and helps Democrats win elections. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by media monitoring, list building and maintenance, drafting written materials, and assisting with general needs of the department.
The Direct Marketing team is responsible for the direct mail and telemarketing fundraising for the Democratic Party. As part of the Mobilization team, Marketing staff work closely with the Communications, Research, and Political/Organizing departments to ensure that our messaging to grassroots donors is in line with our paid and earned media efforts and integrated with the DNC’s digital donor communications. Marketing also handles the merchandise produced and sold by the DNC. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by taking phone calls, sorting mail, managing databases, creating mail packets, participating in production calls, mail calls, and strategy meetings.
The Finance Department oversees the fundraising operations at the DNC and is responsible for raising the funds that fuel Democratic Party activities in all 50 states. An intern in finance will learn the ins and outs of political fundraising. Interns will assist finance staff in the planning and execution of DNC fundraisers across the country. Typical daily intern tasks will consist of promoting upcoming events, managing donor databases, processing contributions, as well as other administrative tasks. However, the most rewarding part of being an intern in finance is being able to help staff local fundraising events with top Democratic leaders.
The DNC Media Center is responsible for all of the media needs of the DNC and Democratic elected officials to help further the mission of electing Democrats from the school board to the Oval Office. The studio manages all video, television and other operations for media production including satellite shoots for live television, in studio shoots for members of congress and officers, in-studio shoots for staff and surrogate videos, and live streams. Interns can expect to participate in these processes by assisting on the video shoots with members of Congress and DNC officers, cataloging and organizing video equipment, and digitizing tapes from past election cycles for our opposition research efforts.
The Mobilization Department specializes in energizing Democratic voters, mobilizing grassroots donors, and getting people more deeply involved to support the party both online and offline. This team manages the Democratic Party’s digital communications work, including social media, video, and design, digital organizing with campaigns and state parties, and grassroots fundraising via email, SMS, telemarketing, and direct mail.
The Mobilization team harnesses online interaction and participation and marries them with offline grassroots engagement to elect Democratic candidates across the country. Mobilization staff work closely with the Communications, Research, and Political/Organizing departments to ensure that our messaging is in line with our paid and earned media efforts. Interns can expect to support these processes by assisting in content creation across channels, monitoring social media, sorting and tracking membership communications, managing donor databases, and collecting stories for upcoming digital projects.
Office of the Chair
The Chair’s Office is responsible for assisting, staffing, and scheduling the Chair in all of his DNC-related responsibilities. Interns can expect to assist the Chief of Staff and provide support for the Chair’s Office to maximize the Chair’s efficiency and efficacy in leading the Democratic Party. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: preparing briefings for upcoming meetings and events, assisting with scheduling, booking travel, managing data, and providing further operational support.
Office of the Executive Officer (CEO)
The office of the CEO provides central management of the Democratic National Committee. It coordinates the work of DNC Divisions to ensure an efficient and coordinated strategy and program. The Chief Executive Officer develops the strategic plan for the DNC as it relates to supporting a Democratic president’s agenda and the election of Democrats at Federal and state levels and insuring that the strategy is implemented. The CEO also oversees the day-to-day operation of the Committee. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by preparing briefings for upcoming meetings, booking travel and providing further operational support.
Office of DNC Leadership
The Office of DNC Leadership is tasked with working with all the DNC officers to help with their politics, logistics, and priorities. Our officers are some of the best surrogates for the DNC, so they are constantly on the move and working on new programs and projects. Our interns help with a variety of tasks, such as assisting with trip preparation, writing briefs and memos, compiling clips, and many more.
Office of Meetings and Conferences
The Office of Meetings and Conferences coordinates the logistical planning of all National Committee, Executive Committee, Standing Committee meetings, trainings, conferences and events. This department ensures logistical operations are efficient, effective and managed in a way that allows for the implementation of the strategic plan as determined by DNC Chair.
Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary coordinates the planning of all National Committee, Executive Committee and Standing Committee meetings. This office also serves as the DNC’s liaison to the National Committee members. As the Party’s official record keeper, the secretary’s office maintains the DNC’s official membership lists and coordinates archival storage of the Party’s official records. It also compiles the list of national convention delegates, oversees convention voting operations, and publishes the official proceedings of each convention. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by monitoring media, helping plan and staff DNC meetings and by responding to correspondence, among other projects.
The DNC Operations department is responsible for management and monitoring of the committee’s day to day business and legal activities. The department ensures that the business operations are efficient and effective and that the committee resources are managed in a way that allows for the implementation of the strategic plan as determined by the executive director. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by performing essential office duties, such as filing invoices, managing databases, responding to correspondence, staffing events, and helping to plan intern events. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with every department of the DNC, fostering a strong understanding of business operations for a mid-size organization.
Party Affairs and Delegate Selection (PADS)
This department oversees the institutional affairs of the Democratic National Committee: party rules, the delegate selection, DNC and convention standing committees, official appointments and nominations, and early preparations for the convention. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by monitoring media, conducting legislative research, preparing briefs and memos, and staffing meetings.
The Political Department develops and implements the coordinated campaign strategy on behalf of the DNC with Democratic candidates at federal, state and local levels. The political department also coordinates the interaction between the Party, state parties, and allied organizations. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by preparing briefs and memos for principal travel and events, conducting intensive research on a variety of projects, in addition to providing staff with full office support.
The Research Department is responsible for fact-checking Republicans and defending Democrats. They do the deep digging on Republican presidential candidates to find the information that helps Democrats win national elections. They are responsible for knowing all there is to know about key political players. They hold Republicans accountable through tracking their events, monitoring news and social media, diving into news and video archives, and gathering various types of data to pull out information that will be used in ads, press releases, articles, speeches, and debates to name a few. Interns can expect to assist in these processes though monitoring media, transcribing, tracking and collecting data.
The Technology Department provides the DNC and its affiliates with data-driven solutions to high-level strategic and operational problems. The department is responsible for designing, building, and supporting an ever-increasing number of innovative applications and large-scale databases. Technology interns are exposed to the next, newest, and greatest advancements in political technology. Interns will be asked to take on special projects for various teams in the Technology department and, from time-to-time, other departments of the DNC. Each internship will be uniquely tailored to the skill-set of the individual selected, but will be designed to enhance each intern’s understanding of the critical strategic role that technology plays in every facet of the Political process.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The Democratic National Committee (DNC), is committed to diversity among its staff and interns, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse team that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DNC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or disability, or any other legally protected basis. The DNC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the hiring and internship application process and on the job, as required by the American with Disabilities Act. The DNC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.