Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Annie's List

Spring 2018

Position: Programs Intern
Student: Government Senior

Interning at Annie’s List has been super comprehensive experience in terms of working at a Political Action Committee. Annie’s List has great office environment and promotes a healthy and supportive office culture. The staff are from many different backgrounds and ages, but everyone is united by their commitment to elect progressive women to office in Texas. The various department directors are all supportive and welcoming of all of the interns, regardless if the intern works for their department or not. It is valuable as a college student to meet all of the directors, because they have great insight to offer on post-graduation plans and working in Texas politics. I have gotten to know the political director, programs director, and development director on a personal level, respectively. They are great connections who have given me helpful tips for my future and I know I can contact them in the future if I need professional advice. The office is easily accessible for UT students, because it is near campus on Guadalupe and 34th Street. My schedule was very consistent and instead of going in for the required minimum of 10 hours, I went in for 15 hours a week. It was very manageable, because I went in three times a week for 5 hours each day. Some of my tasks included entering donor information into NGP, finding locations for trainings, and staffing luncheons and other Annie’s List events. Annie’s List generally has four to five interns a semester. Interning with other like-minded college students has helped me grow my network and learn about people from other schools, such as St. Edward’s University and Southwestern University.

Fall 2017

Position: Political Intern
Student: International Relations and Global Studies Junior

Annie’s List interns must work at least 10 hours a week and no more than 15 hours a week, so I worked Mondays and Fridays, from 9:30-11:30. Generally, I would come in a few minutes early to set up (depending on the day, we might work in an spare conference room or need to find a few square feet where we can sit with a laptop) and make myself a cup of coffee while waiting to be assigned my tasks for the day.

The number one skill an Annie’s List intern needs is flexibility. Because the staff travels so much and works erratic hours, you can never be sure who will be in the office on a given day, which means that there will be days where tasks are assigned late or on a very short deadline, and can vary hugely from day to day.  Examples of assignments I’ve been given include compiling a list of every female lawmaker in various Congressional districts, researching representatives’ voting, sponsor, author history, and media statements to determine their concordance with Annie’s List values, loading and unloading my boss’s car, and cold calling Democrats in the Houston area to increase turnout for an Annie’s List candidate in the Houston school board race. 

Additionally, interns might be expected to travel with the team for Annie’s List events, like luncheons, receptions, or trainings. I attended an Annie’s List training in Austin, where I listened to Gina Hinajosa and Sally Hernandez speak on the pitfalls of being a woman running for office, and drove to Dallas with my fellow interns to work at the Kamala Harris fundraising luncheon. 

Fall 2011

Student: English and Rhetoric & Writing Senior
Position: Political Intern

Annie’s List is a Political Action Committee located in Austin, Texas. Currently, it is an office with five full time employees, although they are in the process of expanding. The office is located in a house near West 6th, which is pretty spacious and comfortable. Although each department is separate, when there is a big event everyone pitches in to help. One of the unique things about Annie’s List is that, since it is a PAC, it is funded entirely by private donors, which can be challenging at times. Since people are giving their hard-earned money to Annie’s List they feel invested in what we are doing. Therefore, there is a substantial amount of time spent placating donors and dealing with their complaints and suggestions.

My title at Annie’s List was “political intern” and my responsibilities were to help my supervisor recruit candidates and help with event planning. I spent a bit of time at the beginning of my internship helping recruit candidates, but as Annie’s List’s fall events got closer I spent the majority of my time preparing for them. I spent entire days putting together mailings and information packets for these events. I got very intimately acquainted with the printer and label maker. Towards the end of my internship, I was given a very interesting assignment by my supervisor’s boss that I appreciated. It was a research project on progressive voter trends that I ended up drafting into a report that will be sent out to Annie’s List donors.

I was able to set my own schedule. My supervisor was very committed to making sure that I had enough time to get my school work done and constantly mentioned that if I ever needed to leave for school that I was more than welcome to. One negative about this internship was that I was responsible for my own parking. I was able to find street parking at meters, but that adds up after a while.

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