Paid for by the Idaho Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Mat Erpelding, Treasurer

Job Description: Minority Communications Intern

The purpose of the internship(s) is to introduce the student to the Idaho legislative process with an emphasis on political communications through strategic planning and rapid response. 

 

Reports to:  

Hailie Johnson-Waskow, Communications Director for the Idaho House and Senate Democrats

 

Mission:

To assist in pushing Democratic legislative narrative by providing support in executing planned media strategy and rapid response to legislative events. 

 

Objectives:  

  • Develop skills and confidence to explain and work within the legislative process.

  • Learn to identify the “message” of legislation as necessary depending on caucus support or opposition

  • Understand how to create and maintain a narrative in the media surrounding legislation 

  • Learn how to utilize digital media to persuade voters during the legislative session 

  • Help caucus members with developing legislative proposals and messaging

 

Assigned Tasks may include: 

 

  1. Press

    1. Writing first drafts of news advisories, press releases, op-eds, TV scripts

    2. Tracking where and how legislation is covered in the media

    3. Assist legislators in making interviews on-time 

    4. Help to brainstorm response tactics, strategic messaging, and effective language 

 

  1. Digital Media

    1. Taking pictures/videos for TV, radio, or social media

    2. Draft content for digital media 

    3. Monitor digital media for consistent themes or messages 

 

  1. Legislation services

    1. Track bills of interest. This may entail monitoring of committee hearings, securing committee testimony and records preparation

    2. Legislative opposition research 

    3. Attend and take notes in relevant caucus meetings or committee hearings 

    4. Attend speaking or public engagements of Democratic legislators 

 

Evaluation:

The intern will be evaluated on:

Dependability

Quality of Work

Personal Relationships with others

Ability to learn the job

Initiative

 

Necessary Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Effective written and oral communication skills 

  • Word processing skills necessary to work with speed and accuracy 

  • Knowledge of basic elements of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

  • Familiarity with legislative, administrative and judicial systems      

  • Ability to research and analyze relevant constituent issues, to track legislation and prepare member briefings and materials

  • Ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and efficiently under time constraints 

  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively 

  • Ability to exercise professional judgment and maintain confidentiality 

Interns should expect to work around 20 hours per week during the legislative session (roughly January-April). Stipend will be awarded at the end of the internship, commiserate on performance and experience. 

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to:

Hailie Johnson-Waskow
hailie.johnson@idahodemcaucus.com

 

Materials due December 1, 2019. 

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