Democratic Party Internships

Washington D.C. Internship Scholarship

This year, the Department of Political Science Alumni Council is launching an exciting new initiative. We plan to offer scholarships to support three students’ internship-related expenses in Washington, DC in Summer, 2019. DC internships are crucial for resume-building and networking, but these opportunities can be out-of-reach for many students at UofL. Our goal is to offer a substantial stipend for living expenses. You must be a Political Science major, but you do not need to have a placement lined up to apply. 

For more information please view the following attachment.
To apply: fill out the simple Google form and email a one-page resume and one-page cover letter of interest to Dr. Farrier at 
Due by October 15th


Running Start Congressional Fellowship

Each spring and fall, eight Running Start Congressional Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process. Running Start is nonpartisan and looks for applicants from across the political spectrum for this program. Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high level political mentors. Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a $2,500 living stipend for the semester. Since 2009, Running Start has been proud to place Fellows in the offices 70 women in Congress.

For more information go to their website at: https://runningstartonline.org/programs/congressional-fellowship
Spring 2019 application due October 15th
Fall 2019 application due TBA


Frankfort Internship

The Political Science Department is now accepting applications for the Frankfort Legislative Internship Program. This program was established to provide University of Louisville students with an opportunity to work and learn in a hands-on legislative environment. The interns work in individual legislator’s offices and assist with their activities and work functions. Interns serve from the beginning of the session in January 2019 until one week after the adjournment of the legislative session (early March). Students will need to travel to Frankfort on each Tuesday and Thursday from approximately 9am-5pm. Any student applying for the program must be willing to commit for the entire time of the internship. Reimbursement of travel expenses up to $250 per semester. The internship counts for 3 academic credit hours. 

To download the application click here
Interested Students should contact Dr. Jason Gainous by October 31st at 
Please include the completed application, one page cover letter, resume, and transcript in your email


Karen Berg for Kentucky State Senate

A highly competitive State Senate campaign is looking to hire field and communications interns. Interns will be trained in either digital communications or field organizing. We are in a position to unseat a 23-year Republican incumbent, but we need the help of dynamic, young leaders. Digital interns' primary duties will include taking photographs of the candidate at events, working with our digital communications consultant on advertising and content planning, posting to Facebook and Twitter, and website maintenance.  Field interns' duties will include cutting turf, organizing volunteers and canvasses, strategically targeting priority precincts, and organizing for GOTV. Interns are expected to work 20-25 hours per week, and more in the three weeks leading up to the election.  Stipends will be provided and amount will be commensurate with qualifications.

Check out the website at: http://karenforkentucky.com/
To apply please email Tess Bettler at:


Obama Foundation Internship

The Spring 2019 internship will run for 18 weeks beginning on January 7, 2019 and ending on May 10, 2019. Interns will be required to work 40 hours per week in either our Chicago or Washington, D.C. office. The application opened on August 23, 2018 at 9AM CT and closes on September 12, 2018 at 5PM CT. Late applications will not be accepted. Interns will play a key role in providing departments at the Obama Foundation with the administrative, logistical, and operational assistance needed to execute their work. The Foundation will provide interns with a stipend for a portion of the expenses directly related to their internship.

Check out the website at: https://www.obama.org/internship/
To learn more about the internships offered visit: https://www.obama.org/internship/faq/#departments
To apply please visit: https://www.obama.org/internship/application/?gh_jid=4063828002


Let America Vote Internship

Located in Tennessee, Let America Vote is a national grassroots organization dedicated to protecting voting rights and fighting voter suppression­. You will learn the basics of how to build a grassroots field program and help elect candidates who will fight to support and protect our fundamental right to vote. From engaging in daily field activities to learning from seasoned campaign staff to hearing from a variety of high-profile political guest speakers; this internship is unlike any other in politics. By learning the basics of campaign and political organizing, we will not only elect candidates who stand up for democracy and voting rights in 2018, but teach everyone involved the skills necessary to organize in their communities and even run campaigns in 2019 and beyond.

To apply please visit: https://tinyurl.com/interntnlav
If you have further questions call (615) 727-2941 or email at: intern.tennessee@letamericavote.org


 Greg Fischer for Mayor Internship

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is running for a third and final term in 2018. Mayor Fischer is currently seeking interns to join the campaign team from now until the November 6th election. For more information about the internship please refer to the following: Greg Fischer for Mayor Internship 

Check out the website at: www.gregfischer.com.
Email your resume to Margaret Brosko at: 


Louisville Democratic Party Internship

The Louisville Democratic Party is looking for bright, energetic, ambitious individuals to join our team. We at the Louisville Democratic Party are committed to making this internship experience just as beneficial to you, the intern, as the work you will be doing for the party! You will not only learn the basics of political work, but will also gain in-depth knowledge of grassroots organizing so that you are ready to work on, and eventually run, political campaigns of your own in the future! You will also be dealing with different individuals from different walks of life every day, thus building a much more expansive network than any regular state legislative or congressional campaign. Interns can pursue roles in field organizing, volunteer coordinating, data analysis, digital communications, or a number of other specialized positions.

To apply, please email your resume to our intern coordinator, Oscar Heithaus, at: oheithaus@gmail.com.
If you have further questions you can also contact him via cell at (859) 391-4469.


Kentucky Democratic Party Internship

The Kentucky Democratic Party is once again offering an Internship Program. Several positions are available in the areas of field organizing, fundraising, research, communications, and digital media and advertising. We will attempt to place each intern into an appropriate position based on strength and interest. This program is a valuable opportunity for college students to learn more about the internal workings of a political party. These are unpaid positions, but you may be eligible for course credit. If you are interested but do not have the ability to do an unpaid internship, please still apply. There are a limited number of paid fellow positions available.

To apply, please submit your application to: https://kydemocrats.org/about/people/jobs/intern/
if you have any further questions, please contact Colin Lauderdale at the Kentucky Democratic Party at (502) 695-4828.


Congressman John Yarmuth Internship

Interns in Congressman John Yarmuth's office will be afforded the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how government works while receiving college credit.  We offer a fast-paced and active office in which motivated college students can take advantage of vast and diverse opportunities and learn about the role a Congressional District Office plays in the community.

For more information about Congressman Yarmuth, go to: https://yarmuth.house.gov/.
For more information about internships, please contact Gad Niyiragira at (502) 582-5129 or email at: 


Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State Internship

As Secretary of State, Secretary Grimes serves as the Chief Official for Elections, Business, and Civic Engagement, which will allow for students to gain a wide variety of experience in government. There are Fall, Spring, and Summer internship opportunities available each year.

Fill out the Internship Application and email your completed application, cover letter, and resume to: