Events and Operations Intern

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Democratic Party of Oregon
232 NE 9th Ave
Portland, OR
Posted: September 22 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 Events and Operations Intern for the Fall of 2016. The timing of this position is flexible and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Why intern for the Democratic Party of Oregon?

An internship with the Democratic Party of Oregon (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, or just want to try something new, an internship with DPO is a great way to network and gain first-hand experience.

Specifically, this internship will provide opportunities to develop skills and experience in event planning and political logistics management, in addition to building relationships with the political community across the state.

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.

What will I do while working at the Democratic Party of Oregon?

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

Planning, promoting, and executing major events, including our Annual Gala
Creating and managing correspondence, organizational systems, and promotional materials
Volunteer recruitment and management
Attend DPO events and work with guest speakers and elected officials
Donor research and prospecting
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
What is the commitment?

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 January or February, 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 callers or guests who come to the office.


The ideal intern has:

Previous involvement in a Democratic county party, Democratic candidate campaign, or activism in a progressive cause is preferred
Keen attention to detail in a must
Ability to work independently and learn quickly
Excellent social and critical thinking skills
Aptitude for creative thinking and output
A positive, can-do attitude and enthusiasm for the task at hand
Basic technological proficiency, especially familiarity with Microsoft Excel
Commitment to maintaining office standards of confidentiality and discretion
Ability to be fluid with job duties and responsibilities
Some familiarity with the workings of government and issues in Oregon politics


Required - Commitment to Customer Service, Computer

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