Breaking into Careers & Internships in Politics and Policy

From 12-1pm we will host a Coffee Chat (an informal discussion with a topic) with Marie Koko from SuccessWorks & David Wright-Racette from theLaFollette School of Public Affairs about Breaking into Careers & Internships in Politics and Policy.  Are you curious about interning at the capitol here or in Washington DC?  Have you heard the term “think tank” are really unclear about what that is or what one does there?  Have you said to someone “I want to work in policy!” but not been able to articulate exactly what that means or where you might do that?  If so, JOIN US! This is an informal chat (no power point!) and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Democracy Summer Fellowship Application Open

THE DEMOCRACY SUMMER FELLOWSHIP immerses college and high school students in the history of progressive change, trains them in the skills and  issues critical to grass roots organizing, and deploys them in key Congressional campaigns on behalf of Democratic candidates to win back the House and reclaim progressive leadership at every level of government.

Democracy Summer is a formalized political fellowship experience with a comprehensive structure and a beginning, middle and end, including a graduation certificate ceremony.  But the relationships participants form are are deep and enduring.

While benefiting from the students’ idealism and energy, the program invests in their intellectual growth and the development of their political skills.  

Democracy Summer consists of an interactive curriculum on public policy issues and the history of progressive Democratic politics; daily guest speakers on policy issues and practical political campaign organizing and strategy; structured campaign organizing projects and deployments; and a mix of popular social and political events.  Fellows are not paid but they receive a first-class political education, grow a network of friends and compatriots, can request recommendation letters for college or graduate school upon completion and get a free lunch most days of the week (and sometimes dinner!).  Scholarships are made available for young people who would not otherwise be able to participate. 

Democracy Summer 2018 will operate in at least six geographic centers (DC/MD/VA; Philadelphia suburbs; New Jersey; Charlottesville, VA; Des Moines IA;Twin Cities, MN and Wisconsin). Each center will run two consecutive six-week sessions, with 30-40 Fellows in each session. Fellows choose one session. Fellows are in programming and/or deployed a total of approximately 35 hours per week.

Fellows will receive practical training in all of the key skills of political organizing and democratic campaigning. They will participate in readings and discussions with leading policy experts, progressive leaders, and organizers. Each six-week session will explore a range of issue areas, such as climate change, reproductive freedom, tax policy, immigration and refugee policy, redistricting and gerrymandering, and voting rights and the spread of voter suppression tactics.  Fellows will devote at least 50% of a 35 hour work week to direct electoral work including but not limited to phone-banking, canvasing, donor research and campaign research.

Sound exciting?  The political experience you’ve been looking for? APPLY NOW!

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Research Assistant: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Office of Research (OR) is currently looking for Research Assistants.

Research Assistant 

The OR Research Assistant Program is a fellowship program that was developed for graduating undergraduates (recent December 2017 and May/June 2018 graduates may apply) who are interested in spending 2-3 years in the Office of Research working alongside Ph.D. researchers (which include economists, research psychologists, and research scientists) on substantial and rigorous data-oriented policy projects. For more details about the position and how to apply, click here Continue reading

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program provides a year’s internship in an Asian country related to the scholar’s interests. The program is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories. Any professional field will be considered, except Asian Affairs/Asian Studies. Graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, a nominee must be a U.S. citizen, under age 30 at the beginning the program, and hold at least a B.A. Applicants should have little or no experience in the country of internship. UW–Madison alumni do not have to be on campus to apply, but must apply through the university.

More details on the campus requirements and the application process are available at:

The UW-Madison campus deadline is 4pm on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Finance Staff Needed

Andy Gronik, the Democratic Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, is looking for finance staff for his 2018 Campaign. 
To learn more about Andy please see his website, www.andygronik.comFacebook and Twitter.
Prior campaign and fundraising experience is not required for this position.  This job would be an excellent opportunity for recent college/law school graduates and others who are interested in pursuing a career in politics.

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Research Fellowship at Stanford Law School

Several Stanford law professors are seeking full-time Research Fellows
to begin work in the summer of 2018. This is a unique opportunity for
graduating seniors and recent college graduates to participate in
groundbreaking empirical legal and social science research. Past
fellows have found the experience to be valuable preparation for
graduate school and have matriculated to a number of prestigious
graduates, law, and business programs. The deadline for the first round is Monday, October 30, 2017.

Job Description and How to Apply

Wisconsin Women’s Network: Project Coordinator Contract Position

The Wisconsin Women’s Network is hiring a project coordinator (limited term contract position) to assist with the planning and implementation of the 2017-18 Policy Institute.

The Wisconsin Women’s Network is an organization that promotes the advancement of women and girls in Wisconsin through communication, education, advocacy, and connections. From programs to events, the WWN works hard to ensure that women have the tools and resources that they need to succeed in their lives. Wisconsin Women’s Network is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, students, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for the Project Coordinator position, please send a letter of interest and resume to by Friday, August 18, 2017.


Impact Hiring Full-Time Workers

Impact, an organization that is part of The Public Interest Network, is looking to hire their next class of organizers. Organizers will be on the ground in 25 states and on college campuses to mobilize businesses, faith leaders and citizens to demonstrate the commitment to climate change, and transitioning to a sustainable, renewable energy economy.

Impact is looking for any graduates who are still searching for full-time work and are passionate about protecting the environment. You can learn more about Impact’s full-time positions on their website.