Texas Democratic Party
Summer 2009 Site Review
The Texas Democratic Party offers students the opportunity not only to understand the basics of voter outreach, but also the inner-workings of a state political party. Interns also play a key role in helping the Party continue its statewide momentum in electing more Democrats. Internships are unpaid, and school credit is available but not required. Interns are expected to treat their job like they would any other professional position; this includes being on time, following your weekly schedule, and putting in as much energy and enthusiasm as you would toward any meaningful endeavor in your life.
During their time with the TDP, interns will: learn about the issues the TDP stands for and how they differ from the opposition, develop an understanding of the day-to-day operations of a political party, participate in collecting election data and reports, learn how to use Voter Activation Network and National, Geographical & Political databases, draft correspondence in coordination with various TDP staff members, represent the Party at organizational meetings and community events such as fundraisers and SDEC meetings, and more.
However, the day-to-day duties of a TDP intern also include a fair amount of clerical work including data input, filing, and answering phones. Upon arrival at work, interns are usually given a task to accomplish; these tasks provide variety, but do involve these typical office duties. Your task usually requires working with various TDP staff members from the Communications Director to the Special Assistant to the Chairman, and through these joint work efforts, interns gain insight into essential elements of the job and the industry as a whole (listed above).