Development Intern

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Democratic Party of Oregon
232 NE 9th Ave
Portland, OR
Posted: August 03 2016
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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The Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) is seeking a dedicated and motivated Development Intern for the Fall of 2016. The timing of this position is flexible and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Interning with the DPO is a great way to get an insider view of Oregon politics. Whether you are trying to decide if you would like to pursue a career in politics, explore nonprofit fundraising or just want to try something new, this internship with DPO is a great way to network and gain first-hand experience. Our Development intern will gain valuable skills and insight into fundraising, donor cultivation, event planning, and database management.

The environment at the DPO is also an egalitarian, team-oriented, and supportive place to learn. We take interest in our interns’ professional goals and to strive to make their experience at the DPO as mutually beneficial as possible. Upon completion of the internship, interns will receive letters of recommendation, references, and resume reviews.

The Development intern will work closely with the Development Director and Operations Director on projects including:

Plan, promote, and execute major donor events, including the Oregon Summit
Donor research and prospecting
Grassroots monthly donor membership drives
Data entry and integrity
Attend DPO events and work with guest speakers and elected officials
In addition to the above, DPO interns also help:

Assist and attend staff meetings, trainings, service events and other DPO projects as needed
Perform basic office functions such as answering phones, responding to messages, and data entry
Receive guests and volunteers as they enter the office, answer general questions
Participate in grassroots efforts, such as phone banks, canvasses, and voter registration drives

This internship will last 3-6 months, according to each applicant’s schedule. Interns are expected to commit 12-20 hours per week during the 9-5 business day with occasional evening and weekend events and activities. The ideal start date is the middle of August or September 2015, although finding the best mutual fit is paramount and we are willing to work with the ideal candidate’s scheduling needs.

The DPO maintains a business casual work environment, and interns are required to dress and act appropriately. The majority of contact that the DPO has with the public is through phone calls, walk-ins, and organizational meetings. Interns must act professional and accommodating to any callers or guests who come to the office.


An ideal intern has:

Previous involvement in a Democratic county party, Democratic candidate campaign, or activism in a progressive cause is preferred
Acute attention to detail is an absolute must
Keen social and critical thinking skills
A passion for Democratic Politics
Ability to work independently
Commitment to maintaining office standards of confidentiality and discretion
Ability to be fluid with job duties and responsibilities
A can-do attitude and enthusiasm for the task at hand
Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
Comfort with making calls and solicitations
An interest in learning about fundraising, compliance with federal election law, event planning and management.


Required - Commitment to Customer Service, Computer

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