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Internship Opportunities

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007


The Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) is the official body of the
Democratic Party in Los Angeles County and the largest local Democratic Party
entity in the United States. LACDP charters Democratic
clubs/organizations, takes endorsement positions on candidates and measures in local races, and
strategically targets and mobilizes for electoral campaign activities
throughout Los Angeles County.
In November 2007, LACDP will be strategically involved in over 120 local
races and will be heavily involved in building the Democratic Party’s
infrastructure in Los Angeles County, such as campaign mobilization and
get-out-the-vote operations, fundraising, special events, and voter outreach/registration.
The intern will be working closely with the LACDP Chairman and the LACDP
staff to assist in maintaining regular Party operations, plan special events,
and work as directed on special campaign related and Party-building activities
prior to the 2008 presidential election.
This internship is ideal for college students or recent graduates who are
interested in becoming involved in Democratic politics. The internship will be
based at the LACDP Headquarters in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles
(west of Downtown), but may require some travel to other parts of the County.
Level of involvement depends on the individual’s interest and time
availability. 15-20 hours per week is required.
Projects include, but not limited to:
· Administrative operations, such as filing and data entry
· Democratic Party meeting and special events planning
· Party services, such as mailings and phonebanking
· Volunteer/community outreach and coordination
· Voter registration and outreach
The Intern will be expected to:
· Be committed to Democratic Party ideals and values
· Communicate clearly in writing and orally
· Have basic computer and office skills
· Handle multiple projects simultaneously
· Work both independently and as a member of a team
It is preferred, but not required, that the intern:
· Have prior political or campaign experience
· Be proficient in more than one language
Please send a resume and cover letter to Adam Seiden, Executive Director,
via fax or email:
Fax: (213) 382-1278
Please feel free to contact us for more detailed information at (213) 382-0063.

Internship, Humanities Council of Washington, DC

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. is 1 of the 56 affiliates
of The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It is a private,
nonprofit organization that funds and conducts humanities-based
cultural and educational programs for Washingtonians in every ward.
The HCWDC is not a Federal or a District agency. It is governed by a
23-member volunteer board, five of whom are appointed by the Mayor.

HCWDC is a diverse humanities organization that began in 1980 as a
grant making agency and has grown to become both a funder of
community projects and a provider of programs, ensuring that public
education in the humanities reach diverse audiences across wards,
neighborhoods, and cultures.

The work of the all departments of the Council is extremely time-
sensitive and demands high quality. As the Council has limited
resources, it is imperative each Intern practice effective time
management in the performance of their own duties. In addition,
Interns are expected to communicate their impending work deadlines at
the earliest possible occasion.

We have several different opportunities in the following areas:
Programming; Communications; Development; Advocacy; and Grant making.

All interns will be expected to support all staff at the council with
on-going projects. This may take the form of: light clerical work;
research; filing; aspects of event planning; and other general office
support. In addition, interns will be given specific projects related
to the needs divided during the fiscal year. Special projects may
include, targeted research, outreach projects, and film and video
production assistance.

The qualities we are most seeking: Excellent communication skills in
writing. Organization, attention to detail, flexibility,
dependability, and the ability to work in diverse environments with
general public. There may be a small stipend available.

This internship is designed to help students explore the field they
are interested in, and applying classroom skills into true life
scenarios. The Humanities Council is committed to preserving the
District of Columbia’s cultural legacy while transforming the
nation’s capital into a community. For over twenty years, our grants,
programs, publications, and media projects have successfully
fulfilled our mission.

Please view our website to see which projects we have pending.



Application instructions:
We are taking applications for internships. If you are interested in
a Humanities Council internship send your resume, letter of interest,
and a brief writing sample to or contact us
by phone at (202) 387-8391 ext. 12.

Polling Internship (Fall)

Growing Democratic polling firm seeks energetic,
detail-oriented intern starting this fall. Come learn
the polling business from the ground up!
Duties will include number checking and proofreading,
national survey trend tracking, transcription,
research, and monitoring fielding surveys. Math and
logic skills, and experience with PowerPoint and Excel
are all strongly desired. Position provides a
laid-back environment, close work with the principal,
and ample opportunities to learn about quantitative
and qualitative research. Position begins in
September, details flexible and dependent on
individual selected. Send resumes WITH A COVER LETTER
to NO calls please.

Internship: SF, CA Staton Hughes

Staton & Hughes, a political strategy and communications firm in
San Francisco (in SOMA near Caltrain), is seeking an outstanding
intern for a small but busy office for the Fall of 2007 (starting

The firm is dynamic and fast-paced with a wide range of clients,
including Democratic elected officials and candidates for office,
ballot measures, non-profit and civic organizations.

Responsibilities include: general office work, scheduling,
extensive internet research, database work, assistance with and
visits to local campaign events, etc.

Successful applicants will have a professional demeanor and
style, good communication and interpersonal skills, ability to
manage various projects at the same time, and familiarity with
Macs. An applicant should be a motivated self-starter and able
to work well without constant supervision. Volunteer/internship
experience on a campaign highly desirable and an interest in
public affairs, current events, and politics is required, as is
an excellent sense of humor. Modest stipend available and we can
work with your advisor to obtain course credit. A 16-20 hour
per week commitment is requested but flexible.

To apply immediately, please email or fax a 1-page resume and
cover letter/note to the address below. Please use the subject
“office intern” in the email:

Mircalla Wozniak
Staton & Hughes
185 Berry Street, Suite 1590
San Francisco, CA 94107
Fax: (415) 495-5433


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Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007

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NCYD Day for the Troops

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007

YDNC USOThe Young Democrats of North Carolina will be holding our first-ever state-wide YD day for the Troops on Saturday, September 8th, 2007 at 10:00 am. Since my first post about this event, we have decided upon the exact places in Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, and Jacksonville.

Our purpose is to show our support for the troops and connect with them on a personal level. A large percentage of our troops are actually YD aged (between 18 and 35), and it is our aim to show all of them that we Democrats appreciate them even if we may disagree with the policies they must operate under.

We will also use this day to canvass areas across the state, so it will be a day full of hard work and great reward. Here’s the thing, we need your help.

We need your help to make this a success. We need you to volunteer some of your time on September 8 if you can. If you cannot, please help us collect some of the below supplies for the rack packs we’ll be putting together. You can visit YDNC’s website here for more information.

Day for the Troops Suggested Donations
Suggested Items for Rack Packs
(packs are gender neutral & trial sizes are great!):
Laundry Detergent
White athletic socks
Deck of cards
Paperback crossword puzzle books
Disposable Cameras
AA Batteries
Snacks (prepackaged, non-melting) ex. Pretzels
Pre-paid Calling Cards

Suggested Items for Kids Packs:
Coloring books
Disposable Cameras
AA Batteries
Snacks (prepackaged, non-melting) ex. Pretzels

Suggested items for rummage sale
(Specific to Jacksonville Only)
Gently used, clean household items, recreational and sporting goods, clothing, electronics, children’s toys and baby items.

From BlueNC

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Former YDAZ President and YDA EVP Selected NMDP Executive Director

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007

Laura SanchezBrian S. Colón, Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, today announced Laura E. Sanchez as his choice for the position of Executive Director.  Sanchez is a native of Deming, New Mexico.  Her appointment comes at a critical time for the Democratic Party as it gears up for the 2008 election in what is considered a key state in the race for the White House.“Laura Sanchez is a model New Mexico Democrat.  Her education and experience will help me advance the electoral prospects of Democrats at all levels.  Ms. Sanchez’s knowledge of the state, her life story, legal background, and work experience in legislative bodies and with advocacy groups make her tremendously qualified for this demanding job,” said Chairman Colón.

“I am honored and thrilled to have this exciting opportunity,” said Ms. Sanchez.  “The Republicans have sought to systematically tear apart the fabric of our communities: gutting workplace protections, under-funding the educational system, pillaging our environment, and neglecting the health care crisis in America, not to mention continuing to send our young service men and women off to fight a misguided war.  Clearly, we need a Democrat in the White House.  As Executive Director, I will work to ensure that New Mexico goes blue in November 2008, and elects a Democratic President.”

Ms. Sanchez comes to the DPNM from her position as Energy Solutions Policy Fellow for the Natural Resources Defense Council.  She is an attorney who worked as a Senate Majority Analyst assigned to the Judiciary Committee in the 2007 session.  Ms. Sanchez has practiced in public finance and commercial real estate transactions in Albuquerque since 2004.  During the 2006 campaign, she directed the Get-Out-The-Vote operation for a statewide initiative for the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island.

Ms. Sanchez received a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  She held a number of political and public service positions in Arizona including working for the Pima County Community Services Department, Congressman Ed Pastor, the Office of the Pima County Attorney, and the Arizona State Senate.

Ms. Sanchez received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.  During law school, she clerked for the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, DC.  She also has experience working for the California Legislative Analyst’s Office in Sacramento.

“Selecting someone to lead the staff and run the day to day operations of the state party is one of — if not the — most important decisions of my tenure,” said Chairman Colón. “I campaigned for the position of Chair on the idea of being more fair, energetic, and inclusive, and I am proud that the executive director selection process has met this standard.  I am grateful for the executive director search committee’s work with each and every one of the 29 applicants for the position.”

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Former YDAZ President Elected to AZ State Party Chair

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007

PV resident named chair of state’s Democratic Party

Diana Balazs
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 22, 2007 12:01 PM

PARADISE VALLEY – Paradise Valley resident and longtime political veteran Don Bivens has been named to chair the Arizona Democratic Party.He has been a town resident since the late 1980s. Paradise Valley is predominantly Republican.

“We are slowly taking over,” he said with a laugh.

Don Bivens Bivens, 55, a lawyer, began his political involvement in the 1970s as a precinct committeeman. He served as the president of the Young Democrats of Arizona in the early 1980s and since then has held leadership roles in many Arizona elections, including the 1982 gubernatorial campaign of Bruce Babbitt and the 1994 gubernatorial campaign of Terry Goddard in which he served as finance chair. Most recently, Bivens served on the financial committee for U.S. Senate candidate Jim Pederson.

In his new role, Bivens said he wants to build on the party’s momentum, noting that Democrats have made great strides in the state with voters, including Republicans and Independents, voting for Democratic candidates.

“I want to continue that upward trajectory,” he said.

He will fill the remaining 1 ½ -year term of outgoing chairman David Waid. Bivens said he plans to run for a full two-year term when his current one expires.

Bivens is a partner with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, where he specializes in complex litigation. He is a former president of the State Bar of Arizona. His charitable endeavors include currently serving on the board of directors of the Salvation Army and Arizonans for Children. He is a founding co-chair of Arizona’s Equal Justice Foundation.

Bivens is a member of St. Barnabas in the Desert Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley where he served as senior warden from 2002-05.He is currently church attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.

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Job Opportunity: Young Democrats of Nevada Executive Director

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007

YDA is hiring our 6th state Executive Director – this time in Nevada.

Applicants should send resume, cover letter, and three references to by Friday, September 7.

Position: Executive Director, Young Democrats of Nevada

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) is the nation’s largest youth-led, partisan political organization. As the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932, YDA now operates as an independent 527 organizations. Our membership includes middle school, high school and college students as well as young workers, young professionals and young families, with over 1,500 local chapters in all 50 states. YDA’s national and state staff work with national, state, and local leaders across the country on peer-to-peer young voter mobilization campaigns, issue advocacy, leadership and skills trainings, and other activities to grow sustainable chapters and build the national infrastructure of YDA.

The Young Democrats of Nevada is the official youth arm of the Nevada Democratic Party and has members between the ages of 14 and 36.

Job Description: The Young Democrats of America is continuing to expand state-based staff as part of our State Partnership Programs. State Executive Directors work to build long-term infrastructure for the youth movement. The Young Democrats of Nevada (YDNV) Executive Director reports directly to the President of the Young Democrats of Nevada and the Executive Director of the Young Democrats of America. The position is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The YDNV Executive Director is responsible for the overall implementation of programs on behalf of the Young Democrats of Nevada and the Young Democrats of America. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Manage the daily operations of the Young Democrats of Nevada.
* Organize Young Democrats chapters in communities across the state and work to strengthen existing chapters.
* Work with the YDNV Executive Board to develop and Implement the Young Democrats of Nevada Strategic Plan, specifically planning peer-to-peer campaign activities, chapter building activities, lobbying efforts and coordinating with other progressive grassroots organizations
* Create and fund yearly budget, ensuring that the budget is met through effective donor solicitation and marketing efforts.
* Plan & coordinate events such as Executive Board and Committee meetings, convention activities, regular conferences, and trainings.
* Handle all scheduling, communication and appearance requests for YDNV and the YDNV President.
* Continue collaborative and cooperative relationships with the Nevada Democratic Party, Young Democrats of America and other progressive groups to ensure high visibility and effective activism.
* Recruit and manage YDNV interns.

Salary and Benefits: $30,000 to $35,000 annually, health insurance, and reimbursement for cell phone.

To Apply: Applicants should have at least two years experience with campaigns or politically-focused non-profit organizations. Management experience and knowledge of fundraising and the budget process is preferred. The position requires regular in-state and national travel and access to a car. Applicants should send resume, cover letter, and three references to by Friday, September 7.

Young Democrats of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. YDA does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or any other protected status covered by federal, state or local law.

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Generation Obama National Kickoff Night

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007


GO Logo

GENERATION OBAMA National Kickoff Night:

DC/VA-Metro Area Launch Party!
(Hosted by GO-DC and GO-VA)

7:00-10:00pm Saturday, August 25th
(Barack Call @ 8pm, DJ/dancing @ 10pm)

Clarendon Grill
1101 N Highland Street, Arlington, VA
(off Wash Blvd/Clarendon Blvd, one block from metro)

To RSVP and get Generation Obama—DC/VA updates:
Jim McBride, 703-867-5070,

This is a FREE event (and no cover before 8pm, $5 afterward)… bring your friends!

Keep in mind that this event is being posted on our page and has additional guests.

Generation Obama is a nationwide program with chapters in the DC metro area and across the country designed to get young people involved in Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaign, which is inspired by a Movement for Change toward a “New Kind Of Politics” based on HOPE for a better America.

Web Site:


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