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2020 Winter Internship

Chicago Winter/Spring Internship

with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Campaign

January 21st – May 9th, 2020

This Winter and Spring, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s political team is offering a selective, unpaid internship program focused on training vital political skills in a fast-paced, hands-on environment.  This program gives motivated interns opportunities to play a direct role in the upcoming 2020 Primary and General Elections inside and outside of Illinois. 

This program emphasizes the development of core political skills through classroom-style instruction led by elected officials & political professionals and deploy those skills in real-world settings to help create victory for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Acceptance to the internship includes training with the Schakowsky Organizing Academy.

This unpaid internship may be eligible for class credit—if so, Team Schakowsky will work with interns to secure necessary approval from accredited educational institutions.

Apply Here! 

Skills Developed Include:

  • Community Organizing
  • Political Messaging
  • Leadership
  • Logistics & Strategic Planning
  • Campaign Field Techniques
  • Proficiency with NGPVAN software
  • Volunteer Management/Training
  • Voter Persuasion & GOTV
  • Event Planning & Staffing
  • Public Speaking/Presentation

Interns must be available Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM between Jan. 21 and May 8

Applications Close: January 3rd, 2020

Internship Start Date: January 21st, 2020

Internship End Date: May 9th, 2020

  • This internship will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00PM – 7:00PM in Edgewater, and a four-hour commitment over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday options available)
  • Location and hours will vary during the first/second week of April and the first week of May, when interns will participate in the Schakowsky Organizing Academy
  • Interns must commit to a minimum of six hours per week, plus at least three four-hour weekend sessions per month for the duration of the program

Program Requirements:

This internship will require light, local travel periodically and will be based primarily in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, located near Lake Shore Drive, the Red Line, and numerous CTA bus lines.  Interns will be required to travel to Evanston during the Schakowsky Organizing Academy sessions. 

Optional Travel Opportunities Include:

  • Travel to Iowa in January to canvass in key first-state precincts
  • Travel to Iowa February 1-3 for Get Out the Caucus

High-Qualified Applicants Will Possess:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Volunteer/civic leadership
  • Desire to create progressive change
  • Proficiency with digital media

Apply Here!

Schakowsky for Congress does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. 

For further questions or inquiries, please contact benhead@janschakowsky.org