Program Overview

The Minnesota DFL is now accepting Spring Internship Applications!

The Minnesota DFL supports and works to enact the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party and strives to sustain the foundations in our Party’s grassroots history. We believe that every American and Minnesotan, regardless of their background or other immutable traits, has a right to stable employment with fair wages, to a proper education, to raise and provide for a family, to accessible and affordable healthcare, to live in safe communities, and to retire with dignity and security.

We are currently seeking motivated interns to help us accomplish these goals. Our positions are paid and part-time. We ask that interns work roughly 20 hours a week.

Fall (Sept. 1 – Dec. 30)
Application Deadline: Friday, July 17, 2020

Spring (Jan. 1 – May 31)
Application Deadline: Friday, November 29, 2019

Summer (Jun. 1 – Aug. 31)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020

Successful applicants in all departments will have:

  • Excellent communication and collaborative work skills
  • A strong work ethic and ability to work independently
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong writing, research, and organizational skills
  • A willingness to be flexible in daily work assignments

Internship Departments

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the different internships available at the DFL prior to applying!

Communications & Research:

The Minnesota DFL is seeking an intern to help with writing, research, and special projects.

Duties include assisting in writing press releases, columns and letters to the editor; monitoring media (print, radio and television); working with DFL Communication Coordinators across the state; and working with a team on research projects.

Qualified interns will have excellent writing and research skills, editing and communication skills, basic knowledge of Microsoft software (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and organizational skills. Political science, journalism, and mass communication students are encouraged to apply.

If applying for a communications internship, please include a non-academic writing sample in your application.

Graphic Design & Video Production:

The Minnesota DFL is seeking an intern to help with graphic design and video production.

Duties include filming and editing videos and producing graphics for the Minnesota DFL. The Minnesota DFL has a small video studio with an Apple iMac, Sony camera, DSLRs, a teleprompter, mics, etc. The Communication Department has the full Adobe Creative Suite available for use. Applications should be familiar with either Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, or both.

Video production, graphic design, and mass communication students are encouraged to apply.

If applying for a video/design internship, please include a samples of your production and design work in your application.

Political Data:

The Minnesota DFL is seeking an intern to help with data, analytics, reporting, data visualization and special projects.

Duties include assisting in managing the statewide voter file; working with campaigns and candidates to understand and utilize available data tools; building reporting and data visualizations; training; and working with a team on special projects.

Qualified interns will have an interest in learning how data affects campaigns, and learning data skills and tools such as Microsoft Access, SQL and Tableau. Applicants with good working knowledge of Excel encouraged to apply.

Fundraising & Development:

The Minnesota DFL is seeking a fundraising/development intern.  Duties include working closely with the Finance Director to grow our grassroots donor program, assisting with the planning of small and large events, analyzing data in our donor database, and taking on special projects as they arise. This part-time intern will play an important role in preparing our party for the crucial 2018 election cycle and will complete the semester with a better understanding of basic fundraising strategies.

Strong applicants will be proficient in Excel and have a general familiarity with politics in Minnesota.

Training & Party Affairs:

The Minnesota DFL seeks several interns to assist with training & party affairs. Duties will include working with local unit DFL chairs in event planning, assistance in the development and implementation of a state-wide activist and volunteer training programs, maintenance to the volunteer database, assist in the development of officer manuals, promotional kits, convention materials, and assist party units in their organizing efforts.

Qualified interns will be able to work well with people, prioritize to meet deadlines, possess excellent phone and computer skills, be confident, flexible, creative, organized, and reliable.

Applying for an Internship

To apply for an internship at the Minnesota DFL, please submit the following application materials by email to lcrawford@dfl.org.

  • Application Form: Please submit the completed form with your application.
  • Cover Letter: A one-page cover letter which outlines your interest in interning for the Minnesota DFL.
  • Resume: A one-page resume that outlines your academic and work experience.
  • Writing Sample: A writing sample that is no longer than four pages.