Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Texas Democratic Party

Fall 2019

Position: Political Intern
Student: Government Junior

The Texas Democratic Party political internship is a great internship for anyone interested in the Democratic strategy in Texas. It’s a ten-hour commitment per week anytime during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Day to day work varies, but every day brings new work and new challenges. I learn a lot through the work I complete, but I also learn a lot by engaging with other staff members and learning about the strategies created by the party.

No day is the same as an intern for the Texas Democratic Party, but there are still a few things to be expected every workday. I arrive at 11 on Tuesday and get settled in for the day. I start everyday by collecting media mentions in a Google Doc. This basically means I search the news and Twitter for any mention of the Texas Democratic Party, so the other staff members and communications team are aware of all mentions. After this, I ask my supervisor what the priority tasks are for the day. These are always changing, so you’ll never feel bored from repetitive work here. Some examples of tasks include reaching out to other Democratic clubs in Texas, compiling polling locations in an Excel sheet, or finalizing petitions.

One of my favorite parts of interning for the Texas Democratic Party was the ever-changing work and goals. Since politics in Texas are constantly evolving, the party must evolve with it. The work done at the beginning of my internship was very different from the work done in the end. For example, Spring 2020 will have a big focus on the state primaries, while Fall 2019 had a big focus on candidate filing. I recommend applying for this internship during a point in the cycle that interests you the most. If you like learning a little bit about a lot of different aspects of party strategy, I would highly recommend this internship.  

 


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    Austin, Texas 78712-1508
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