Being a Legislative Intern at the Capitol puts you in the middle of the state’s most exciting political action. In the 2019 session, our 41 House Democrats were able to turn many of popular proposals into law, moving forward on measures to lower the cost of health care, invest in education, build a fair economy, address climate change, tackle the opioid crisis, reform our criminal justice system, and help hard-working Coloradans get ahead.
Legislative interns support legislative aides in keeping the essential day-to-day functions of a legislative office running smoothly. Interns are held to a high level of professional conduct, as they are expected to represent legislators at the Capitol, in their district, and in the broader community.
Internships can be specialized based on three main capacities:
- Social Media Intern
- Social Media Interns focus primarily on supporting policy and constituent efforts with social media content and other digital communications such as newsletters and website blog posts. Social media interns work directly with one member of the caucus and their legislative aide, but can get additional support from the Colorado House Majority Office Digital Director.
- Policy Research Intern
- Policy Research Interns focus primarily on supporting one member of the caucus with their legislative efforts by conducting thorough research and creating fact sheets based on elements of the proposed bill. Responsibilities might also include preparing the legislator for bill hearings and meetings with constituents, stakeholders, and lobbyists.
- Operations Intern
- Operations Interns support the overall function of one member of the caucus by providing additional capacity to their legislative aide with managing calendars, scheduling meetings, responding to constituent emails and phone inquiries, organizing in-person town halls and other events in the district.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Highly, highly organized; excellent time management and attention to detail
- Motivated self-starter who can provide high quality work without close day-to-day supervision
- A high level of confidentiality and discretion
- High degree of self-awareness, humility and openness to feedback
- Flexible and adaptable work style; ability to stay calm in a high stress environment
- Eagerness to develop leadership skills; commitment to progressive values and policies
- Copywriting and/or graphic design skills
- Experience with event planning and execution
- Experience and comfort using Google Suites (Docs, Sheets, Slides)
- Experience and comfort managing social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
- Knowledge of Colorado government a plus
Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Communications, Journalism, Pre-Law
Part-time, flexible. 10-25 hours a week. Interns are unpaid volunteers; however, student internship credit can be arranged with your school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her advisor and obtain academic credit within the institution’s guidelines.
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please complete this application which will ask you to upload a resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as openings become available between October 2019 and January 2020, and will be filled with qualified applicants along the way.
The Colorado House Majority Office is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, or disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds and identities to apply.