Media Interns for the Senate Democratic Research Staff

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Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff
Iowa State Capital
Des Moines, IA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 4 Part-time, Unpaid

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The Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff supports the work of the Democratic members of the Iowa Senate. We are a team of 14 professionals who research various policy areas in support of the goals and interests of our Senators; communicate with constituents and the media; and offer administrative support.

Our staff members help draft new legislation, track the movement of bills, provide constituent services and help Senators stay in touch with citizens in their districts. We can be found at press conferences and committee meetings, working on the floor of the Senate Chamber, attending closed-door meetings of the Democratic Caucus, or working at our offices in the Statehouse.

Interns work closely with our staff’s communications team and with Democratic Senators from across the state. Previous interns have attended Drake, Grinnell, Simpson, Grand View, and Iowa’s three Regents Universities. Interns often come from majors in political science, public administration, journalism and communications.


Taking photos of Senators and their constituents
Drafting and e-mailing media releases
Updating our Web site
Helping with media and constituent events
Updating press and organization lists
Preparing mailings
Preparing and distributing digital audio and video materials


All interns must be computer literate, organized and work well with others. Additional information can be found at

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