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Accounting Department

The Accounting Department manages both the budget and finances for the DNC. Department responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensuring Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings are completed timely and accurately in compliance with FEC guidelines; maintaining vendor relations, coordinating timely payments, processing invoices and reimbursements, tracking donor deposits, and helping to administer DNC’s joint fundraisers with various campaigns and states. Interns can expect to assist in these processes, completing tasks including filing, drafting reports in and out of Excel.

Association of Democratic State Chairs (ASDC)

The Association of State Democratic Chairs provides guidance, support, and technical assistance to state Democratic parties. It trains new state chairs, vice chairs, executive directors, and staff. It serves as a liaison for state parties and coordinates meetings and forums. A list of current state chairs, state party headquarters, and executive directors is available from the ASDC office. Interns can expect to provide support to the ASDC training and operations departments by helping to plan and manage ASDC events and trainings, maintaining and consistently updating the ASDC member database, and communicating with members by drafting emails and using basic digital skills.

Communications Department

The Communications Department facilitates the DNC's interaction with the public. Using traditional methods of communication (e.g. press releases and media events) in combination with new media tools (e.g. website content and online tools), communications works to promote President Obama's agenda and provide support to our state parties, Democratic candidates and officeholders. Through our rapid response, research efforts and regional press teams, communications holds Republicans accountable, advances the party’s principles, and helps Democrats win elections. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by media monitoring, list building and maintenance, drafting written materials, and assisting with general needs of the department.

Digital Department

The Digital Department specializes in online organizing, advocacy, and fundraising, communicating directly with the DNC's long-time subscribers and newly-recruited members. By using the DNC's own website and email lists, as well as social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, the digital department is continuing to build on the Obama campaign's success to harness online interaction and participation to help pass the President's agenda and elect Democratic candidates across the country. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by creating content, monitoring social media and collecting stories for upcoming projects.

Chief Executive Officer’s Office (CEO)

The office of the CEO provides central management of the Democratic National Committee. It coordinates the work of DNC Divisions to ensure an efficient and coordinated strategy and program. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) develops the strategic plan for the DNC as it relates to supporting a democratic president’s agenda and the election of Democrats at Federal and state levels and insuring that the strategy is implemented. The CEO also oversees the day-to-day operation of the Committee. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by preparing briefings for upcoming meetings, booking travel and providing further operational support.

Finance Department

The Finance Department oversees the fundraising operations at the DNC and is responsible for raising the funds that fuel Democratic Party activities in all 50 states. An intern in finance will learn the ins and outs of political fundraising. Interns will assist finance staff in the planning and execution of DNC fundraisers across the country. Typical daily intern tasks will consist of promoting upcoming events, managing donor databases, processing contributions, as well as other administrative tasks. However, the most rewarding part of being an intern in finance is being able to help staff local fundraising events with top Democratic leaders.

Marketing Department

The Marketing Department is responsible for the direct mail and telemarketing fundraising at the DNC. Marketing staff work closely with the communications, research and political departments to ensure that our messaging to our donors is in line with our paid and earned media efforts. Marketing also handles the merchandise produced and sold by the DNC. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by taking phone calls, sorting mail, managing databases, creating mail packets, participating in production calls, mail calls, and strategy meetings.

Office of the Chair

The Chair’s Office is responsible for assisting, staffing, and prepping the Chair in all of her DNC-related responsibilities. Interns can expect to assist the Deputy Director and provide support for Chair’s Office to maximize the Chair’s efficiency and efficacy in leading the Democratic Party. Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to: Compiling daily news clips, managing data, conducting research, and periodically operating the front desk.

Office of the Secretary

The Office of the Secretary coordinates the planning of all National Committee, Executive Committee and Standing Committee meetings. This office also serves as the DNC’s liaison to the National Committee members. As the Party’s official record keeper, the secretary’s office maintains the DNC’s official membership lists and coordinates archival storage of the Party’s official records. It also compiles the list of national convention delegates, oversees convention voting operations, and publishes the official proceedings of each convention. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by monitoring media, helping plan and staff DNC meetings and by responding to correspondence, among other projects.

Operations

The DNC Operations department is responsible for management and monitoring of the committee’s day to day business and legal activities. The department ensures that the business operations are efficient and effective and that the committee resources are managed in a way that allows for the implementation of the strategic plan as determined by the executive director. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by performing essential office duties, such as filing invoices, managing databases, responding to correspondence, staffing events, and helping to plan intern events. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with every department of the DNC, fostering a strong understanding of business operations for a mid-size organization.

Party Affairs and Delegate Selection (PADS)

This department oversees the institutional affairs of the Democratic National Committee: party rules, the delegate selection, DNC and convention standing committees, official appointments and nominations, and early preparations for the convention. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by monitoring media, conducting legislative research, preparing briefs and memos, and staffing meetings.

Political Department

The Political Department develops and implements the coordinated campaign strategy on behalf of the DNC with Democratic candidates at federal, state and local levels. The political department also coordinates the interaction between the Party, state parties, and allied organizations. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by preparing briefs and memos for principal travel and events, conducting intensive research on a variety of projects, in addition to providing staff with full office support.

Research Department

The Research Department is responsible for both the long and short-term needs of the DNC. They provide the necessary facts for the rapid response required when promoting or defending the Obama administration and Democrats down the ballot. They also focus on long-term research concerning potential political opponents and third-party groups. In addition, they maintain an extensive television and radio archive which the DNC and Democratic allies use as a resource to create a variety of products including web, radio and TV ads. Interns can expect to assist in these processes by monitoring media, transcribing, collecting data and managing databases.

Technology Department

The Technology Department provides the DNC and its affiliates with data-driven solutions to high-level strategic and operational problems. The department is responsible for designing, building, and supporting an ever-increasing number of innovative applications and large-scale databases. Technology interns are exposed to the next, newest, and greatest advancements in political technology. Interns will be asked to take on special projects for various teams in the Technology department and, from time-to-time, other departments of the DNC. Each internship will be uniquely tailored to the skill-set of the individual selected, but will be designed to enhance each intern’s understanding of the critical strategic role that technology plays in every facet of the Political process.

Voter Expansion

The DNC Voter Expansion Program seeks to make the voting process easier and more accurate by ensuring that each eligible voter is able to register, each registered voter is able to cast a vote and that each vote is accurately counted. Interns will conduct research and writings about a variety of voting rights and election administration issues, including state compliance with federal election laws, redistricting, and legal and legislative developments on the state and national level that affect the right to vote. Interns can expect to assist with research on various topics, draft memos to succinctly summarize research, help develop our online and social media presence, and participate in on-going projects about voting rights and voter protection.



Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DNC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The DNC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.

Recent Updates
  • 50 years later voting rights still threatened

    Nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and in public places. The law passed with bipartisan support -- in fact, Republicans helped lead the charge and break the filibuster.

    Unfortunately, today's GOP retreats headlong from the battle towards greater equality. In fact, many Republican are trying to sabotage or undermine crucial protections in the Civil Rights Act.

    One of the critical goals of the Civil Rights Act was “to enforce the constitutional right to vote.” But instead of ensuring this right, today’s Republican Party wants to make it more difficult for people to cast their ballots.

    Republicans are engaged in an aggressive and sustained campaign to make voting harder for millions of Americans. Across the country, Republican controlled legislatures enact laws that put barriers between voters and the ballot box. Apparently, Republicans have decided that if voters reject their ideas at the polls, they'll just rig the system by decreasing participation and making it more difficult to cast a ballot.

    • In Texas, Alabama, Arizona, and Kansas, they have passed strict photo identification and proof of citizenship laws. The result: voters who change their name because they get married or can't provide an original birth certificate find it more difficult to have their vote counted.
    • In Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina, the GOP is restricting early voting periods.
    • And in Minnesota, Republicans are trying to sue the Secretary of State to stop that state from implementing online voter registration.

    Voting restrictions like these impact all Americans, but they disproportionately hurt African Americans, Latinos, working people, seniors, young people, and women – the very groups the Civil Rights Act has been helping for fifty years.

    Meanwhile, Democrats are committed to our mission of ensuring that every eligible voter can register, that every registered voter can vote, and that every vote is accurately counted. Because we know that our nation has never moved forward with less participation. So as we mark 50 years since the Civil Rights Act became the law of the land, it is more important than ever that we recommit ourselves to protecting and expanding the franchise for ALL Americans.

    And it’s not just on voting rights that the GOP is standing on the wrong side of progress:

    • Republicans made clear this week that they do not support legislation that would move us closer to equal pay for equal work and address the persistent discrimination that millions of American women experience in the workplace.
    • On rights for LGBT Americans, the GOP blocked the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and in many states authored legislation to enshrine discrimination in the legal code.
    • Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take us back to the days where insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions, or even for just being a woman.
    • The GOP continues to oppose and obstruct efforts to raise the minimum wage and ensure folks who work full time don’t remain in poverty.
    • Republicans refuse to act on immigration reform, dividing families and leaving millions of people stuck in a broken system.

    When it comes to civil rights, equality, and progress, Republicans are not only on the wrong side of the issues, their positions stand in stark contrast to the views of the American people. As Democrats, we will keep fighting to move our country forward, and work to get even closer to the ideals embodied in the Civil Rights Act over the next 50 years.

     

    Donna Brazile is the Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee.

     

  • The 2013 HOPE Institute: A Fellow’s Story

    What does it mean to have hope? For me, hope is about everyday people who want to bring change to American public policy. I believe in the progressive message embodied by the Democratic Party and President Obama. Barack Obama inspires me because he works to create a better America for people like me. In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama promised that these people would no longer be ignored and that all Americans would have access to affordable health care. Today, that promise is coming true.

    As the recipient of a heart and kidney transplant, I am one of the many Americans whose fight for quality, affordable health insurance changed when PresidentObama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. That moment proved to me that we have to make sure the right leaders are elected to bring the change that we desire. In 2008, I volunteered on the Obama for America campaign to elect Barack Obama and give millions of Americans like me the peace of mind health care coverage brings. Today I am no longer a hopeful high school student and campaign volunteer; now I am a Hope Fellow with the Democratic National Committee. I was encouraged to apply by a friend and little did I know how much this experience would change my life.


    The Hope Institute began as an initiative to engage and train the next generation of political leaders who come from underrepresented communities. I met with young leaders from across the country, and we were all inspired to begin careers in civic service through political activism. Collectively, we learned that politics is not about winning an election but making a commitment to improving and shaping a better world for future generations.

    The Fellows heard from leaders including Chair of the DNC, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Vice Chair for Voter Protection and Registration Donna Brazile, and former Obama Deputy Campaign Manager, Stephanie Cutter. In addition, we received trainings on effective community organizing from Democratic strategists. The education we received was priceless, and we left with a determination to become future change makers and political officials. Each of us will take the skills learned from the Hope Institute to initiate social and political change in our own communities. Change starts with young people like me, and the Hope Institute gave me the platform to change the world.

  • Hope Institute: Why I’m a Democrat

    Today we asked participants in the Hope Institute (a crash course in politics for 40 young adults from underrepresented communities) to share why they're a Democrat in 140 characters. Here's what they had to say:

  • Sneak Peek: The Hope Institute

    I can't believe it's finally here! For months, our team's been working around the clock reviewing resumes, arranging flights, coordinating logistics, and securing some of the best and brightest public servants, elected officials and political professionals to serve as mentors and guest speakers.

    Tonight, we're officially kicking off the Hope Institute — a throw back to then-Senator Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" campaign school and the latest effort by Democrats to invest in the next generation of leaders.

    I remember the "Yes We Can" program very well. Launched in 2005, this campaign school trained participants from underrepresented communities on how to break into politics. And it was a huge success.

    When I came to the DNC as the new Finance Director, I thought it was important to do some of the things we did well back in the day. That's why we launched the Hope Institute — a crash course in politics for 40 young adults from underrepresented communities.

    These next two days are going to be intense. We've put together a packed schedule with speakers, networking opportunities, and real life campaign scenarios. And we've got some surprises too.

    I can't wait to meet everyone tonight and look forward to sharing stories from the events. As Democrats, we believe in change that matters. That's why we invest in young people who care.

    If you'd like to invest in the next generation of Democratic leaders:

    chip in now




    P.S. Fun fact: I met my beautiful wife while we were working together on the "Yes We Can" campaign. And that's just one of the many great things to come out of it. Excited to get started!

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Recent Action
Student Loan Debt Repayment Reform
October 28, 2011
In an effort to help put America back to work, President Obama refined the repayment process of federal loans allowing students to lower their rates to 10% of their discretionary income. The proposal will allow 1.6 million students to cap their loan payments making college more affordable than ever.
Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The majority of the Armed Forces is comprised of Young Americans volunteering to defend this nation and its ideals. However, a sect of the population was forced to hide their sexual orientation in order to do so. President Obama lead the charge to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell allowing gay and lesbian members of the Armed Forces to serve openly for the first time in American history.
Health Care Reform for Young Americans
The Affordable Care Act opened access to health care to millions of Americans. Young Americans in particular saw change in the elimination of preexisting conditions for minors and the ability to stay on a parent or guardian’s health insurance plan until the age of 26 allowing them to finish school or search for a job without worrying about their health care.
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