Campaign Internships & Opportunities

This webpage is out of date. For statewide/Governor opportunities, click here, for Congressional, here.

Red-to-Blue: #FireRauner

Bob Daiber for Governor – Summer interns are accepted on a rolling basis. If interested, please send a current resume, a paragraph about why you are interested in joining our campaign, and your availability to:

Chris Kennedy for Illinois – Summer interns are accepted on a rolling basis. Unpaid, class credit offered, minimum 12 hours/week. To apply, email your spring/summer availability, preferred intern concentration (research, fundraising, communications or political), and resume to Internship/volunteer coordinator:

Daniel Biss for Illinois – Summer interns are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, email your spring/summer availability and resume to:[NEW] Fall fellowship applications are now open on Sen. Biss’s campaign website.

JB Pritzker for Governor –  Summer interns should be enrolled as full or part-time students and be available to work up to 15 hours a week. Those interested should fill out the form here, including a resume and short personal statement. Class credit may be available. Those interested specifically in a Communications internship should send a resume directly to

(for AG–)Scott Drury: Democrat for Illinois – Those interested in interning or volunteering for the Drury campaign should contact

Red-to-Blue: #UnseatTheSeven

IL-06: Join a campaign to take down GOP Rep. Peter Roskam; his district voted for Clinton 50-43, yet he still supports Trump 97% of the time.

IL-12Rep. Mike Bost holds a seat with a strong Democratic history. Join a campaign to bring it home.

IL-13: Tell #RubberStampRodney (Rep. Rodney Davis) that his time is up: apply for internships with his Democratic opponents here.

IL-14: Fight back against Tea Party Rep. Randy Hultgren by joining a Democratic campaign in the 14th!

IL-16: Rep. Adam Kinzinger votes in favor of the wealthy 94% of the time. Show him who his district really is: volunteer for one of his opponents!


Jan Schakowsky for Congress (IL-09) – Those interested in a summer organizing internship should contact

Brad Schneider for Congress (IL-10) – Seeking energetic and hardworking interns with a passion for Democratic politics and organizing. No prior experience is necessary. Fill out this form, and send an email titled “YOUR NAME – Internship Application” with a PDF of your resume to

Bill Foster for Congress (IL-11) – Those interested in becoming Foster Organizing Fellows should fill out this form, but organizing likely will not begin until 2018. Interns are unpaid, but college credit may be available.

Friends of Cheri Bustos (IL-17) – This internship program will provide applicants the opportunity to work alongside campaign staff, receive training from political professionals, and work across campaign departments. As one of the DCCC’s 19 Frontline races for 2018, we’re looking forward to building a great team of interns working on this exciting race. Previous campaign experience is not required – we want to teach! Interns must commit to working a minimum of 20  hours a week. Our interns will assist field, finance, and political departments within the campaign. This is an unpaid internship. All interns should have access to reliable transportation, a laptop computer and cell phone. All interns should also have some evening and weekend availability. To apply, please email a brief cover letter, resume, and possible start date to Feel free to address this email account for any questions.

Jobs and Internships by County:

The Ogle County Democratic Party is looking for interns and volunteers for three campaigns (two state House, one state Senate), those interested should read more here .

The Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee is seeking interns who would help them capture the grassroots, progressive energy sweeping through the country. Interns cover areas including fundraising, field organizations, public relations, and grassroots/volunteer outreach. Those interested should email with a resume (little-to-no political experience is okay!) and be able to commit to at least five hours a week. Currently all internships are unpaid, but as local races hire on staff recommendations will be made based off merit.

Candidates in Whiteside County, one of the 206 counties nationwide to vote for Trump after voting for Obama twice, are seeking volunteers and interns for state legislative campaigns.More information can be found here.

Those in Cook County interested in campaigning in-county should check out Cook opportunities here.

ISU College Dems in McLean County are fighting to elect a new County Clerk and protect their voting rights. Opportunities for state rep campaigns as well! Want to get on board? Find out how to here.


See here for a collection of opportunities, provided by the Illinois Progressive Network and the ILDC

If you’re in Virginia, Let America Vote, Jason Kander’s new organization, is looking for field interns interested in voting rights. To apply, please visit, call them at (571) 336-2643, or email them at Interns will learn the basics of how to build a grassroots field program and help to elect candidates who will fight to support and protect our fundamental voting rights. The organization is also offering a fellowship program for participants who are looking to be even more involved.

Men for Choice Digital Internship: 

Men4Choice is seeking candidates for an unpaid internship for the fall of 2017, with the
possibility of expanding into 2018. Interns will work directly with the Communications Director on the execution of the organization’s digital strategy. Interns will also have an opportunity to help develop and expand our digital and communications strategy on the grassroots level and to help expand our campaign. In order of priority, interns are needed in: graphic design, content research, Twitter research, content management, and analytics.

Interns should be willing to work between 5 and 10 hours a week depending on work and be 100% pro-choice. Interns who identify as male must demonstrate a true respect for those most affected by these laws and the leaders of this movement. There will be zero tolerance on this issue. There will be no discrimination based on gender; all are welcome to apply.

Email resume and cover letter to:

Illinois’s Third Congressional District (IL-03):

Marie Newman is challenging Rep. Dan Lipinski (D) in the Democratic primary. Learn more about how to volunteer for the campaigns in the Third here.

Illinois’s Fifth Congressional District (IL-05):

Benjamin Thomas Wolf is challenging Rep. Mike Quigley (D) in the Democratic primary. Learn more about how to volunteer for campaigns in the Fifth here.

Mike Quigley for Congress – Rep. Quigley has spots for general interns with many responsibilities including staffing the Congressman at events, contacting voters, assisting with event set up, interacting with political figures, responding to emails, helping daily office operations, canvassing and drafting, copyediting emails and other materials. Those interested should email Erika Harris at a substantive cover letter, 1-2 page resume and 2 references with the subject line: “Quigley for Congress intern app.” Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities should email her directly with the subject line “Quigley for Congress Volunteer Opportunities.”


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