Student: English and Rhetoric & Writing Senior
Position: Political Intern
Annie’s List is a Political Action Committee located in Austin, Texas. Currently, it is an office with five full time employees, although they are in the process of expanding. The office is located in a house near West 6th, which is pretty spacious and comfortable. Although each department is separate, when there is a big event everyone pitches in to help. One of the unique things about Annie’s List is that, since it is a PAC, it is funded entirely by private donors, which can be challenging at times. Since people are giving their hard-earned money to Annie’s List they feel invested in what we are doing. Therefore, there is a substantial amount of time spent placating donors and dealing with their complaints and suggestions.
My title at Annie’s List was “political intern” and my responsibilities were to help my supervisor recruit candidates and help with event planning. I spent a bit of time at the beginning of my internship helping recruit candidates, but as Annie’s List’s fall events got closer I spent the majority of my time preparing for them. I spent entire days putting together mailings and information packets for these events. I got very intimately acquainted with the printer and label maker. Towards the end of my internship, I was given a very interesting assignment by my supervisor’s boss that I appreciated. It was a research project on progressive voter trends that I ended up drafting into a report that will be sent out to Annie’s List donors.
I was able to set my own schedule. My supervisor was very committed to making sure that I had enough time to get my school work done and constantly mentioned that if I ever needed to leave for school that I was more than welcome to. One negative about this internship was that I was responsible for my own parking. I was able to find street parking at meters, but that adds up after a while.