Gain Campaign Experience
Consider Working for a Political Campaign Now!
Pretty Young Professional
July 3, 2011 | Pamela O’Leary
Are you currently looking for a job or frustrated in your current position? You should seriously consider joining a political campaign now! The 2012 elections are closer than you think!
Campaigns are the best way to launch a career in politics, and a great way to develop skills that are easily transferable. For example, I learned how to fundraise by working on a congressional campaign, and was able to translate this into a development position at a nonprofit.
The earlier you join a campaign, the better your chances are of later becoming a political appointee (watch out for an upcoming post demystifying this process).
To find a campaign job, you can start by researching opportunities at the national parties such as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC). Partisan organizations also exist to provide training and job opportunities such as Democratic Gain, the National Organizing Institute (NOI), and the Leadership Institute. Definitely also check out your local and state parties.
If you care deeply about an issue such as reproductive choice/abortion, you can also get involved with organizations such as EMILY’s List or the Susan B. Anthony List that support electing female candidates who have strong stances on these topics.
Even if you are not able to commit to a full time paid position, you should still consider chances to volunteer.
While campaign jobs are generally incredibly demanding, they offer the unique opportunity to be directly involved in changing history, and to make once in a lifetime memories.
Don’t forget that getting involved with a campaign early on in your career is by far the greatest way to prepare yourself for running for office!