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- Political Intern, USA

Political Intern



New American Leaders (NAL) is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second-generation Americans to use their power and potential in public office. We believe that our democracy is stronger when everyone is included, and everyone participates.


Headquartered in New York, NAL is a national, nonprofit organization with programs across the country. We have a strong track record of recruiting and training immigrants of diverse race/ethnic backgrounds to run for public office. We also work with New American elected officials across the country who are at the frontlines of creating transformative policy environments for educational, economic and political equity.


Position Description


NAL is seeking a Political Intern to join our programs team this summer. The Political Intern is responsible for assisting in planning candidate trainings nationally, conducting political and electoral background research, recruiting community leaders to run for office, and supporting NAL in alumni development.


The internship will provide insight into immigrant electoral politics in the United States, as well as the fundamental elements of running a local campaign for public office. Interns will work with NAL’s program staff, and will have opportunities to participate in other aspects of NAL’s work that align with his or her interests.





Conduct political and electoral background research on target states

Assist in identifying and recruiting community leaders nationwide to run for local office

Follow up with NAL event speakers, panelists, guests, etc.

Assist with the planning, coordination and logistics of NAL trainings

Help strengthen Ready to Lead and Ready to Win curriculum by conducting research on campaign tools and resources

Keep track of events, tasks and follow up

Organize NAL program documents

Provide ongoing support to the program team including to the Manager of Alumni Programs and Manger of Leadership Programs

Other activities, as needed


Qualifications and Skills


Demonstrated interest in immigrant rights and immigration policy

Passionate about improving minority representation in all tiers of U.S. leadership

Knowledge of the different levels of government

Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

Interpersonal skills, including the ability to make calls to a wide variety of people, from donors to local representatives, with comfort and confidence

Self-starter who happily takes initiative on individual projects, but also works well in cooperative decision-making settings

Strong organizational/multi-tasking skills, detail oriented, and an ability to meet deadlines on time




Familiarity with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Nationbuilder

Prior event planning experience

Prior experience working on a candidate campaign or in the office of an elected official




While this is an unpaid internship, class credit may be arranged with your college or university. As an intern, you will gain the experience and skills necessary for working in the non-profit industry. In addition to program coordination, you will also learn about immigrant civic engagement and electoral politics, and you will have an opportunity to participate in other aspects of our work. Interns can also explore planning a campus event highlighting inclusive democracy and NAL’s work. If the intern is not receiving financial support from other sources, a small stipend per semester or summer can be arranged to help cover transportation and other costs (to be disbursed at the end of the internship).



Time Commitment


A minimum of 15 hours per week is required. Students who can commit to two semesters are strongly preferred. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required during an event. Scheduling is flexible based on applicant’s availability. The majority of internship activities will take place at our office in New York City during office hours (9:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday).



To Apply:


Please email a cover letter and résumé to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Political Intern” in the subject line.


Job posted on 12th April 2018

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