Friday, February 27, 2009

Senate to Investigate Torture

According to the Washington Post, the Senate intelligence committee will begin an official review of CIA detention methods used under the previous administration. Not only will the panel investigate what methods were used, if torture was actually used, but also what information they got.

It's about time we get some honest and open government that is willing to look into its past to protect against the dangers of the future. Let's just hope that justice gets served.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dem/Rep Response

This post is not meant to be an attack on Bobby Jindal's speech from the other night (there has been enough of that). Rather, it is a question that I hope to have answered. When the President gives a State of the Union (or this case, Nation) address, the opposing party to that of the President's gives a response. My question is: who picks them? Is it the party Chair? Is there a vote? Or does someone just come forward and volunteer. Someone please enlighten me.

Even More Internships

PRESS INTERN — The office of Congressman Mike McMahon (NY-13) is looking for a dedicated, motivated individual to serve as communications intern. This intern will be responsible for assisting the communications director with the Congressman's media strategy, including press releases, media contacts, and website development. We are looking for motivated and driven individuals who possess strong writing skills. New York ties a plus. Send resume and cover letter to, including the dates you are available.

LEGISLATIVE INTERN — The office of Congressman Mike McMahon (NY-13) is looking for a dedicated, motivated individuals to serve as legislative interns. In addition to office support, interns will be responsible for assisting staff on a variety of legislative issues. Applicants should be motivated and dedicated, and possess strong writing skills. New York ties a plus. Send a resume and cover letter to, including the dates you are available.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Internships

Campaign for America's Future (CAF)

The Campaign for America's Future (CAF) and the Institute for America's Future (IAF) seek interns who are well-organized team players with a commitment to and interest in progressive issues. Interning with CAF is a great way to gain real world experience that could lead to a career in issue advocacy, public policy, public relations or many other avenues.

CAF plays a vital role in creating and coordinating national progressive policy. We engage citizens, activists and leaders in a renewed debate about the kind of country — and the kind of world — we want to build for the generations yet to come. Interns will work with one of the following programmatic/functional teams:

  • Administration

  • Communications/Media Relations

  • Development/Fund raising

  • Online – Content

  • Progressive Message/Conservative Failure

  • Policy Research

  • Health care

Contact Toby Chaudhuri at for more information if you’re interested.

Center for American Progress (CAP)

American Progress offers full and part-time internships each summer and academic semester. All undergraduate and masters-level students and J.D. and Ph.D. candidates are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated scholars with strong academic records and an interest and aptitude for public policy and/or political communication. Interns will be directly engaged with the Center’s policy experts and will participate in a variety of activities including research, writing, and web-based projects. They will also assist staff with administrative tasks and help organize the Center’s many conferences and events.

American Progress offers a monetary stipend as well as a transportation subsidy for interns.

Intern applicants can apply for placement in the following departments:

  • Accounting

  • Bioethics

  • Campus Progress

  • Communications (events / press)

  • Development/Fundraising

  • Domestic Policy

  • Economic Policy

  • Energy / Environment

  • Enough!

  • Ethnic Media

  • Executive/Administration

  • External Affairs

  • National Security / International Policy

  • Mic Check Radio

  • Middle East Progress

  • Online Communications / Editorial

  • Progress Report / Think Progress / Wonkroom

  • Religion

  • Science Progress

  • Speechwritting

  • Technical Support

  • Video


All undergraduate and masters-level students and J.D. and Ph.D. candidates as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply. International students must have INS authorization to work in the United States.

Application Process:

In order to apply for a Center for American Progress Internship, please submit the following:

Internship Application (links below)

  1. Cover Letter and Resume

  2. Writing Sample of approximately 3 pages (your own words, unedited)

  3. College or University Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

  4. 2-3 References (please provide both the phone and email contact information and please include a Professor or other individual familiar with your work)

Suggested Deadlines:

-Summer: March 1

-Fall: August 1

-Winter/Spring: December 1


Summer: June – August

Fall: September – December

Winter: January – March

Spring: January – May

*starting dates are flexible

Please send completed application materials either via email at or by mail to:

Center for American Progress

ATTN: Internship Program Manager

1333 H Street, NW

10 th Floor

Washington , DC 20005


Democratic National Committee (DNC)

The Democratic National Committee is currently accepting applications for our Summer 2009 internship session. Now that we have taken back the White House, the DNC will be an exciting and busy place. Interns are a vital part of the team at the DNC and work in all departments.

Our deadline for summer applications is March 15, 2009. For an application, students should visit the DNC website at

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas Internship

The Democracy: A Journal of Ideas internship is a highly selective program for a small number of the most talented, progressive college writers,

editors, and thinkers in America.

While demanding and time intensive, it is geared toward giving college students a link into future careers in the world of progressive ideas. Interns will assist in administrative tasks as well as learn about all the parts of putting a journal together from article selection to copyediting and fact-checking. They should be interested in deepening their exposure to a wide range of policy issues and interacting with some of the most cutting-edge progressive thinkers across a variety of fields.

We are now accepting applications for our summer internship program on a rolling basis. The internship will begin in June and end in August, is five days a week, and pays a $500 monthly stipend. Applicants should have distinguished themselves in their academic work thus far. The internship is based in Washington, DC. All resumes should be sent to: No phone calls, please.

U.S. Senate Interns

Press Interns - Democratic Senator seeking enthusiastic, professional college student or recent college grad with interest in politics and media for unpaid internship for summer semesters. Work would include compiling press clips, media monitoring, writing press releases and supporting the daily running of the press office. Pennsylvania ties are strongly preferred, but not mandatory. To apply, please email cover letter and resume to or fax to 202-228-0734 no later than March 1st, 2009. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

Spring Interns – The Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is seeking spring interns to work beginning immediately through May 2009 (dates somewhat flexible). Interns will be expected to provide administrative support, assistance in researching legislative and regulatory issues, as well as other general help with tasks necessary to run the Committee. College students with junior or higher standing and law school students are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills, an exemplary academic record, and a demonstrated interest in American politics. To apply please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (3-5 pages) to

Spring and Summer Internship - The Senior Senator from Montana seeks enthusiastic and bright individuals, who pay great attention to detail, are self-motivated and have passion for understanding the legislative process and how current legislation affects Montana and the Nation. Interns are employed for each academic semester and during the summer months for either a 6 or 8 week duration. Interns may select either part-time or full-time status to correspond with their schedules. The interns in Senator Baucus' office gain knowledge and experience in three areas of operation: legislative, administrative, and press. Interns are assigned specific legislative topics and often do in-depth research, attend hearings and briefings as well as assist with all office operations, as necessary. Interns also get to experience votes and debates that are held on the Senate Floor as well as give tours of the US Capitol! As an intern's contributions to the office are important, a responsible commitment, willingness to work hard, and a positive attitude are essential to the success of an intern's experience. While the positions are unpaid, interns agree that this experience gives them valuable insights into the workings of the U.S. Congress and a chance to help serve fellow Montanans. Please send your resume and cover letter to

Defense Intern – Senior Florida Senator seeks full-time, unpaid intern for up to six months to assist busy national security staff. In addition to general administrative duties, intern will help staff prepare the Senator for hearings, meetings and travel, track legislation and budget requests, and follow-up with Department of Defense agencies and academic and industry groups. Qualified candidates should have excellent skills in research, attention to detail, and oral and written communication. Candidates with previous work experience, military experience and/or students studying national security policy, public administration, or international relations are preferred. This internship is designed to be an opportunity for those seeking congressional staff experience in aspiration of paid staff employment in national security affairs on Capitol Hill. Please submit cover letter, resume, and 3-5 page writing sample via email at: No calls please.

SPRING INTERNS – Northeast Democrat is seeking unpaid Spring Interns in his Washington office. Interns will be paired with legislative staff based on their interests and experience and will be conducting research, writing letters, and supporting the legislative staff. Additional administrative support work will also be required. Internships are unpaid. If your institution allows or requires college credit, that can be arranged. Our office is interested in Interns with all majors and backgrounds. Preference is given to applicants from New Jersey. To apply for an internship please submit a resume, a writing sample (3-5 pages), cover letter, and contact information for three references. The writing sample should demonstrate your writing skills and political knowledge. E-mail applications to

PRESS INTERN- Midwestern Democratic Senator seeks unpaid press intern for the spring semester. The press intern will work closely with the press office and assist in compiling daily clips, maintaining press lists, assisting in website management, attending legislative hearings, transcribing remarks, some writing projects, and various administrative duties. Please send a brief cover letter, resume, references, and two writing samples to Preference will be given to applicants who can commit at least 20 hours per week.

PRESS INTERNS -The office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) seeks press interns for fast-paced, aggressive press office. Press interns will work closely with Communications Director, Press Secretary, and Press Assistant on a variety of tasks. Responsibilities include answering the press line and fielding calls from reporters, working with press office and legislative staff to compile reports and other documents for media distribution, working with Press Assistant to compile daily press clips for Senator’s review, and coordinating daily update of reporter contact lists. Position requires a keen attention to detail, the ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines, and the ability to demonstrate professionalism and discretion at all times. Strong writing and grammar skills and proficiency of Microsoft Office applications required. Journalism/communications background and Ohio ties a plus. To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

About HRC

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.


Our internship program pairs interns with specific departments or programs ensuring a valuable, in-depth experience. We treat our interns as junior staff members; an intern should expect both substantive and administrative work.

Along with the duties listed in the internship descriptions, interns receive special projects that will allow them to grow and explore their interests while here at HRC. Our internship program also includes a series of educational brownbag lunches, through which every intern will learn about all aspects of the organization.

Intern Qualifications

We look for interns who are ready to join HRC and work for LGBT equality. We have tailored our internship program to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates who graduated a year or less from the start date of the internship applied for.

Because interns in each department or program undertake different tasks, each internship requires a different level of skills, demonstrated interests, and prior experience. General criteria we look for in all the interns we hire: demonstrated interest and enthusiasm in the role of policy and advocacy around LGBT issues; ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment; and experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access).

Selection is based on the application and an interview, either over the phone or in person.

To apply please visit:

The Midwest Academy

The Midwest Academy, a 35-year-old national training institute for progressive direct action organizing, will train community organizing interns in two ten week Summer 2009 programs. Both will run from Monday, June 1 - Friday, August 7.

Paid Internships:

Students will receive a stipend of $3500 for the ten- week period, to be paid biweekly. Freshmen are encouraged to apply for the for-credit internship, since we rarely hire freshmen in the paid internship program. There will be about 12 paid internship positions.

Unpaid For-Credit Internships:

Undergrads may receive 6 credits for a cost of $600 through the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Women's and Ethnic Studies Program; MA level students will receive 6 credits for a cost of $900 through the Sociology Department. Students doing the internship for credit will not be paid a stipend.

College-funded Internships:

If your college has funding for summer activities, and you are eligible, you may apply to be a Midwest Academy intern, bringing your own funding. In addition to the internship application form, please let us know what kind of funding you are applying for at your school, how much you might receive, what the decision date is, and when you need a decision about acceptance from us.

Internship Description

Interns will receive a week of training similar to the Midwest Academy five-day training (see training agenda). They will learn how organizers choose issues, develop strategy, assess their own organizational power and that of their targets, allies and opponents, recruit constituents, and move into action. (Costs for the training, including room/board, are covered in all versions of the internship.

Following training, interns will be placed with community organizations in Chicago neighborhoods from 95th and State to Brighton Park, Kenwood-Oakland, and Uptown, as well as in several suburban locations and with statewide organizations. Preference will be given to applicants from the Chicago area, or in school in the Chicago area. Details about placements will be posted as soon as available.

Additional locations outside Chicago may be added shortly for the for-credit and college-funded programs only. Please check back in January.

During nine weeks in the field, interns will conduct community outreach and organize one or more public meetings. Interns will receive day-to-day supervision from their placement organizations, and ongoing training and mentoring from Midwest Academy staff. For interns who are interested in pursuing a job in community organizing, we will provide job search assistance at the end of the internship or at college graduation (For-credit interns will receive additional supervision from our Director of Special Projects, who has an MA from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.)

We are looking for young people who are ready to work hard and take on new challenges and responsibilities, who have a passion for social justice, and who want to learn solid skills in the field of organizing. We are particularly looking for people who want to explore a career in progressive organizing. Fluency in Spanish or other languages relevant to recent immigrants will be a plus for some locations. Use of a car will be required in some, but not all, placements.

To apply:

Fill out the Application for Midwest Academy Summer 2009 Internship. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled, at which time we will post here. Likely candidates will be interviewed via telephone.


ACLU of Northern California

The ACLU of Northern California seeks motivated applicants for the Organizing Internship. The summer 2009 internship will begin in May or June 2009 and continue until early August or September 2009.

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply for a summer 2009 internship is March 16. Inquiries are welcome after the deadline.


Organizing Interns will support all levels of Organizing Department work and work closely with the two Field Organizers and the Organizing Coordinator. Some of the tasks interns will be asked to complete in spring 2009 include:

Post-Proposition 8 Marriage Equality Organizing:

  • Help plan town hall meetings;

  • Help coordinate public education events; and

  • Work with staff and volunteers of coalition organizations to implement organizing tactics around marriage equality for same-sex couples in California.

Activist Engagement:

  • Recruit activists for/promote monthly activist activities through social media;

  • Manage and confirm activist RSVPs to events;

  • Provide general logistical support for events; and

  • Coordinate registration and follow up with activists.

LGBT Pride 2009:

Represent the Organizing Department on an interdepartmental committee to plan ACLU-NC's contingent in the 2009 San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade.

General Department Support:

  • Plan events and workshops;

  • Assist with legislative campaigns;

  • Assist in issue campaign research;

  • Coordinate Organizing Volunteers;

  • Help build the ACLU-NC activist base; and

  • Other duties as needed.

General Administrative Duties:

  • Organize mass mailings;

  • Photocopy distribution materials;

  • Create flyers; Maintain databases;

  • Provide technical support to ACLU-NC chapters; and

  • Other administrative duties as needed.

This position requires a minimum commitment of two days per week (15-20 weekly hours), including several evenings each month. Please note that this is an unpaid internship. We are happy to work with students to secure academic credit.


  • Political Science,

  • Public Policy, and other social science-related majors encouraged;

  • Strong interpersonal skills; and

  • Experience in community organizing, volunteer coordination, grassroots organizations, or lobbying preferred.


Please email a resume and cover letter describing your experience and why you would be a good fit for this position in .pdf (preferred) or .doc/.docx format to Contact Organizing Coordinator Ashley Morris at 415-621-2493 x369 with questions.


The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California was founded in 1934. It is the largest ACLU affiliate in the nation, with 55,000 members, 23 all- volunteer chapters and clubs, and a staff of 50, including a legislative office in Sacramento and a satellite office in San Jose.

The ACLU-NC is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

Michael Signer for Virginia

Campaign Interns Needed: Field, Finance, Communications, and Online Organizing

Michael Signer for Virginia is seeking interns in the field, finance, communications, and online organizing departments. Positions will start immediately and are based out of Northern Virginia. Internships are 10-hrs/week minimum.

Michael Signer is running for Lieutenant Governor in this hotly contested 5-way primary. Interns will gain hands on political experience on a statewide campaign.This is an excellent opportunity to see first-hand how a political campaign operates and get in on the ground floor.

Mike Signer is the Former Deputy Counselor to Mark Warner, the Election Protection Director for the 2004 Democratic Campaign in VA, and former Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Center for American Progress. To learn more about Michael Signer and our campaign, please visit

Interested applicants should send a resume to


INTERN — Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon's third congressional district, is seeking full-time or part-time interns for his Washington, D.C. office. Internship duties may include the following activities: providing constituent services, attending legislative briefings and committee hearings, legislative research and writing, general office responsibilities and special projects of interest. This internship is unpaid; however, we are happy to assist you in receiving academic credit and finding housing. Please send resume and references ASAP to:

2267 Rayburn HOB,

Washington D.C. 20515

or fax them to 202-225-8941,

Attn: David Dickey-Griffith.

INTERN — Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is seeking applications for a full time internship for her Washington, D.C., office. The intern will work closely with the administrative and legislative staff. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in learning the legislative process. The successful candidate will be motivated, able to multitask, and have the ability to work well under pressure. All interested applicants should e-mail their resumes and contact information to

INTERN — Progressive Midwestern Democrat seeks a full-time press intern for an aggressive, fast-paced communications shop this spring (January-May ‘09). Intern will assist the communications director with press releases, talking points, press conferences/events, newsletters, and administrative tasks. Excellent writing skills and a good sense of humor are desired. College journalism/political science students are preferred, but not required. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and two short (one page or less) writing samples to

INTERN — Progressive Midwestern Democrat has an internship opportunity available in his Washington, D.C., office for the 2009 winter semester. Primary responsibilities will focus on writing letters, sorting mail, and legislative research. Secondary responsibilities will include giving capitol tours, attending briefings, and answering phones. Please e-mail a resume, cover letter and brief writing sample to

The Bonner Group, Inc.

Fundraising Internship (DC)

Date: Thurs, Feb 12 2009 10:30 am

The Bonner Group, Inc., a Washington, DC-based political fundraising firm, is looking to hire interns to work on a number of special projects in 2009. Interns are responsible for helping orchestrate special events and meetings, performing in-depth research on potential donors, and preparing background briefing memos on high net worth individuals.

This internship is in a campaign-like environment, and is ideal for anyone who would like to gain invaluable experience in politics. This is a PAID position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (includes the following; other duties may be assigned as needed):

Scheduling: Responsible for helping orchestrate meetings and special events for high-profile principals. Duties may include making calls, preparing mailings, and drafting correspondence. Research: Responsible for researching potential donors and compiling information in a useable format. Database: Responsible for helping maintain and update a donor database, in addition to compiling lists for project use. Briefings: Responsible for preparing extensive background memos on potential donors. Also responsible for preparing short briefings for events. Administrative: Other tasks as assigned.


  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, self-starter

  • Excellent writing and communications skills

  • Previous research experience

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Demonstrated interest in progressive politics

  • 15+ hours/week during the semester


Please send resume and cover letter to Kristen Zearfoss at (Please mark e-mail as Political Research Intern, no phone calls please).

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Bonner Group, Inc. is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit and Democratic political fundraising firm with a reputation for thinking outside the box. The Bonner Group has worked for major non-profit organizations, Presidential campaigns, House & Senate campaigns, Gubernatorial campaigns , Lieutenant Governor campaigns, ballot initiatives and '527' organizations. We interact regularly with members of Congress and the political and philanthropic communities in Washington and across the nation.

The Arca Foundation

DC Internship in Arca

Date: Thurs, Feb 12 2009 2:20 pm

The Arca Foundation has an immediate opening for a part-time (15 hours/week) Program Intern. The Program Intern will support the Program Associate and Executive Director in all aspects of program and grants management.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Assisting in planning and coordinating of conferences, public fora and meetings Assisting in preparation of materials and information for Board Meetings and grant dockets Assisting in all aspects of grants management, including, tracking incoming proposals, managing correspondences, responding to inquiries, and performing data entry Conducting research on programmatic areas of interest Supporting the administrative responsibilities of the Program Associate As needed, attending external events and briefing the staff. As needed, communicating with grantees and other key contacts.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; previous database management experience a plus Effective written and oral communication skills A professional and pleasant demeanor, a superior work ethic and an ability to maintain confidentiality Ability to multitask and shift priorities; proven organizational skills, and an aptitude for working on detail-oriented tasks Commitment to Arca’s mission; experience working on social justice issues a plus Ability to excel in a team- based, participatory environment as well as work autonomously; good sense of humor a plus


This is a paid internship. A monthly stipend of $150 will be provided.

About The Arca Foundation

The Arca Foundation, established in 1952, is dedicated to the pursuit of social equity and justice, particularly given the growing disparities in our world. From the start, Arca’s grantmaking has focused on empowering citizens to help shape public policy. The Foundation has made grants totaling more than $50 million dollars to over 1,700 organizations. Arca’s first grants supported groups working on population policy and women’s rights, changing over the years, to reflect new concerns: environmental issues in the 1970’s, U.S. foreign policy toward Central America and Cuba in the 1980’s and ‘90’s, and the urgent need to curb corporate domination of our politics through genuine campaign finance reform. In recent years, the Foundation has stepped up its commitment to media policy, civic engagement, and grantmaking on international policy issues, while remaining dedicated to certain principles:

To use its resources to empower the experts on the front lines To ensure transparency and honesty in government and enterprise To engage in affecting public policy To pursue social justice and equity To advance the principle that all persons have the right to a secure and dignified life.

In pursuit of these principles, the Foundation has adopted experimental, strategic and innovative approaches that give voice to the unheard and raise unasked questions. The organizations Arca supports empower citizens to take their rightful role in shaping public policy that can create the world we want.

More information can be found at the Arca Foundation website:

Application instructions:

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume to with the subject line “Program Intern” by 12 p.m. on Friday, January 30th. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone, fax or additional email communications, please.

The Arca Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBT people and others are strongly encouraged to apply.

Communications Intern - Progressive Public Affairs Firm- M+R Strategic Services

M+R Strategic Services Communications division engages in a variety of media relations (international, national and local), thought leadership, events and planning activities to help our clients disseminate their messages and reach key audiences. The intern responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Assist in writing and distributing news releases

  • Research various media for story angle and placement ideas

  • Build and maintain media lists for various client projects

  • Conduct necessary research to develop new business presentations and strategic communication plans for clients

  • Compile and record clips of client’s media coverage

  • Assist with planning, coordination and implementation of special events

  • Assist client teams with various day to day account operation

  • Other duties as assigned


Proficiency in Lexis-Nexis, Factiva, and other online searchable databases, Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, Excellent verbal and writing skills

Interested applicants should submit resumes and cover letters to For more information about M+R, please visit our Web site at

Dan McElhatton for Philadelphia District Attorney Campaign

Are you interested in getting involved in a political campaign? Dan McElhatton, candidate for District Attorney of Philadelphia, is offering internship opportunities to motivated, politically engaged individuals.

This is a great chance to get involved in the political process and learn the ins and outs of a campaign. It is also an excellent resume builder and opportunity to network with people who work professionally in politics.

We are asking prospective interns to commit to working 5 to 12 hours per week from now until mid-May. Interested individuals should contact Dave O'Hara for further information at or 215-557-0819. We are not requiring submissions of a cover letter or resume.

Thank you and we hope you'll take advantage of this rewarding and exciting opportunity.

Boston City-Wide Campaign

Boston City-Wide Campaign seeks interns in Communications; Fundraising; Field; and Research for upcoming 2009 election. The internship will provide interested candidates with grassroots and outreach organizing experience and a thorough knowledge of political campaigns and policy. Intern responsibilities will vary based on their expressed interest and the needs of the campaign.

You will learn the following skills:

  • Community organizing tactics

  • Campaign strategy

  • Vote targeting

  • How to use the voter file

  • Technology based organizing

  • Direct voter contact

  • Get Out the Vote Strategies

  • Event Planning

Interns must commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week. The campaign will work with your school so that you are able to receive academic credit. Depending on experience and the number of hours committed, a stipend will be permitted.

Job Requirements:

Applicants should have a strong commitment to engaging people in the democratic process. Dependability, a strong work ethic, with good organizational skills and attention to detail are essential. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Windows is necessary. The schedule is flexible; it would be helpful to have some evening and weekend time available to attend meetings and events.

Please send a resume and cover letter to: – Please add "Intern" to the subject line.

Scott Stringer

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has kicked off his re-election campaign and he is looking for energetic, intelligent interns to come learn about staffing a real new york political race. He also worked to improve the quality of life in new york through his initiatives about affordable housing and Go Green Initiative which promotes healthy eating and urban environmentalism. Specifically we are looking for three bright, energetic students to take on specific campaign roles in communications, fundraising, and press and be credited for their successes. Please email your cover letter, resume and availability to Emily at

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Forwarded from Jayme DeSocio

Hello All!

I wanted to get this out ASAP so you have as much advance notice. As you know, the St. Patrick's Day parade is one of the most famous for NYC. In the past there has been some controversy, especially with Speaker Quinn. In 2007 when she wanted to march, she wanted to wear some sort of pin in support of gay rights, as she is the first openly gay speaker of the council. They refused and she boycotted the event. As such, she does not march in the NYC parade but marches in the Queens one showing tolerance in Queens and narrow-mindedness in the city.

To get to the point, I have a standing invitiation for all of us to march in the parade on March 1st. I'll talk about it more at the general meeting on Thursday but like I said, I wanted to give as much advanced notice as possible. The details are below.

See you Thursdays. Don't give in to midterm stress!





New York's inclusive St Patrick's Day Parade

Please join Speaker Christine C. Quinn in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the St. Pats parade that is open to all New Yorkers!

Where: Begins at 43rd St. & Skillman Ave & ends at 61st Street and Woodside Ave, Queens (take the 7 train to 46th Street Station)

When: March 1st, 2009 1:00p

Remarks, music and dance: 1:30pm

Parade: 2:00pm sharp

Grand Marshal 2009: Terry George (Belfast born director & screen writer)

RSVP to:

Erik Bottcher

(212) 788-5646

Please meet us at 1:00pm next to the sign-in station at 43rd St. & Skillman Ave. Erik Bottcher will be reachable on his cell phone: (917) 406-0269.


From Manhattan, take the 7 train to 46th Street Station (Bliss Street) in Queens

Exit near intersection of Rt-25 and Bliss St Start out going North on Bliss St towards 43rd Ave.
Keep moving ahead onto 46th Street
Turn left onto Skillman Ave

Monday, February 23, 2009

Upcoming Event: Economic Collapse

Hey everyone. I just finished talking to Ari Melber from the Nation about his upcoming visit on March 26th. I found out about a couple of his colleagues hosting an event downtown on March 6th about the Economic collapse and the stimulus package. If anyone is interested in going, let me know.

March 6

Meltdown: The Economic Collapse and a People's Plan for Recovery

Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture, NYC
When: 8 pm
Join Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, Nation Institute Fellow and Nation columnist Naomi Klein, author and activist Barbara Ehrenreich, Black Commentator's Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Nation D.C. editor Christopher Hayes in a wide-ranging and incisive conversation as they discuss the origins on the financial collapse, debate President Obama's stimulus package and consider what form economic recovery should take to ensure a more equitable future for everyone.

The event marks the publication of Meltdown: How Greed and Corruption Shattered Our Financial System and How We Can Recover (Nation Books) by Katrina vanden Heuvel and the editors of The Nation.

Audience questions will be taken, and a book-signing will follow the conversation.

DATE: March 6, 2009
LOCATION: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, New York City
TIME: 8PM. Doors open at 7:25PM.


New CDNY Site

John Farrelly, CDNY Director of New Media, (and a good Fordham Dem) has just gone live with the new CDNY site. Not only does it have a new design, it allows for social networking and merging your account with your Facebook account. It even allows for giving donations! I encourage you all to check it out and sign up.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Animated Credit Crisis

I've had this video explaining the Credit Crisis sent to me the few times over the last week. It does a pretty good job summarizing how we got here and it'll keep your attention. Since it's only 11 minutes, it does gloss over some sections, but it gives a really clear explanation overall. If you've been wondering how we got here, definitely watch the video!

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

Friday, February 20, 2009

NYU Protest

I am sure you all have heard about the protest at NYU. Most people think that these are some radical students, but if you really look at their demands, they are not so wacky. I will go through all of their points that they enumerated and explain why they are not all that bad (but, remember, I am not a NYU student, so I lack some information about the story). The group, Take Back NYU!, has three points (that are not exactly the same as what the occupiers wanted) posted on their website:
  1. The inclusion of an elected representative from the student body in New York University’s (NYU) Board of Trustee meetings. This representative should have rights, including voting rights, equal to that of Trustees, as well as the authorization to make public statements on the operations of the Board of Trustees without prior approval from any administration official.
  2. Public release of NYU’s annual operating budget, including a full list of university expenditures, salaries for all employees compensated on a semester or annual basis, funds allocated for staff wages, contracts to non-university organizations for university construction and services, financial aid data for each college, and money allocated to each college, department, and administrative unit of the university. Furthermore, this should include a full disclosure of the amount and sources of the university’s funding.
  3. Disclosure of NYU’s endowment holdings, investment strategy, projected endowment growth, and persons, corporations and firms involved in the investment of the university’s endowment funds. Additionally, we demand an endowment oversight body of students, faculty and staff who exercise shareholder proxy voting power for the university’s investments.

My Take:
  1. Most colleges and universities have a member of the student body that is a member of the Board of Trustees. Someone needs to represent the intrests of the student body since they are the ones who are directly affected by the actions of the Board. Besides, what is a school without students?
  2. What is so wrong with hiding financial statements? What is so secret?
  3. Students should be able to see where the money for their education is going. The students are the ones who will know which projects are failing and which are not. School administrations are not the ones who are affected quickly by changes; the faculty, staff, and students are.

The occupiers made these points and:
  1. Amnesty for all parties involved.
  2. Full compensation for all employees whose jobs were disrupted during the course of the occupation.
  3. Allow student workers (including T.A.’s) to collectively bargain.
  4. A fair labor contract for all NYU employees at home and abroad.
  5. A Socially Responsible Finance Committee that will immediately investigate war profiteers and the lifting of the Coke ban.
  6. Annual scholarships be provided for thirteen Palestinian students.
  7. That the university donates all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.
  8. Tuition stabilization for all students, beginning with the class of 2012. Tuition rates for each successive year will not exceed the rate of inflation. The university shall meet 100% of government-calculated student financial need.
  9. That student groups have priority when reserving space in the buildings owned or leased by New York University, including, and especially, the Kimmel Center.
  10. That the general public have access to Bobst Library.
My take:
  1. They are trying to protect themselves, duh.
  2. They do not wish the innocents to be negatively affected.
  3. They want to protect the financial well-being of their fellow students. We are taught that workers are hired and fired based on job performance, so if they are bad/outstanding workers, why should they get the same wages as other workers? Students do not get Social Darwinism?
  4. If an employee takes a leave of absence, they may risk losing their jobs.
  5. Do you want people that are supporting war to be funding your school? As for the Coke ban, I sometimes miss having some sodas.
  6. This one is wacky, but outside the United States there are more pro-Palestinian movements.
  7. Philanthropy?
  8. This one is actually one of their better ones. Rep. Patrick Murphy (R-PA) proposed the same measure in the House of Representatives about a year and a half ago. Tuition at NYU is insanely high and getting higher every year (and this is true for almost every school). I almost went to NYU except that I was only given loans and no scholarships to pay for this inflated rate. For most families, rising tuition costs are big issues. It just is not right.
  9. Do you want some non-University affiliated group using buildings you pay for?
  10. A public education at one of the largest libraries in the United States is a bad thing?
I may not condone the methods by which they protested, but their means were in the right place.


I wanted to congratulate everyone who debated last night in our successful victory over the College Republicans. Out of my years in Fordham's College Dems, I honestly have to say that was our best performance yet. Special thanks to our fearless leader Ryan for organizing everything and to Dan Anix, Mark Guarnaccia, and our VP Kevin Price for debating.

Last night, the Republicans repeatedly showed that they are ignoring the best interests of the American People, taking a course of opposition for oppositions sake, and bankrupt of ideas. We showed that we are in touch with the American people and dedicated to building a brighter and better future under the founding values and principles of our country.

Let them realize that change HAS come.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

So, today celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the Birthday of Abraham Lincoln. In my opinion, he was our greatest President because he spoke to every person. He was a hillbilly from Kentucky (the common man), who became a lawyer (the working man) that was so successful that he was able to send his son to a elite prep school (the rich man / family values). He helped keep this nation together in its darkest moment. And because of his efforts, the idea of working for the good of the group of a whole, regardless of its policies (in this case, the personal liberty of every person), was solidified. Though every four years people swear that they will leave this great nation of ours, they never do because they see that one's respect for a single person underweighs the good of the United States as a whole. By Abraham Lincoln's example, we should unite together, not necessarily behind the President, but by the United States to ensure that it stays the greatest nation in the world.

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Internship Opportunity


Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has kicked off his re-election campaign and he is looking for energetic, intelligent interns to come learn about staffing a real new york political race. Borough President Scott Stringer has long been an advocate of same-sex marriage. He also worked to improve the quality of life in new york through his initiatives about affordable housing and Go Green Initiative which promotes healthy eating and urban environmentalism. Specifically we are looking for three bright, energetic students to take on specific campaign roles in communications, fundraising, and press and be credited for their successes.Please email your cover letter, resume and availability to Emily at

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Building for the Future

Hey everybody,

This is Fordham University-Rose Hill College Democrats incoming VP Kevin Price. I wanted to welcome you all to our new blog and just share a few thoughts about where I see this going.

First, I'd like to extend a resounding thank you to outgoing President Matt Cashman. He has really brought this organization a long way in his time at the helm and shepherded us through what was a challenging but incredible election season. Fordham Democrats worked at all levels to help bring change to America and usher in a new progressive era. This organization worked at all levels to achieve victory, from President Barack Obama to state and local leaders. His continued involvement and guidance as President Emeritus will be invaluable.

Under the leadership of incoming President Ryan Pierannunzi, the new Executive Board will look to continue this work, as well as addressing some specifics that we can focus on now that the campaign season is over (as brief as that break may be).
At the forefront of the objectives will be our mission to build this organization and its presence on the Fordham campus.

There will be several tools that help us achieve this goal. One will be this blog, which we hope will be come a forum through which we can establish a dialogue with our members, the Fordham community, and our entire base of supporters. We will also be looking to keep bringing exciting events and personalities to campus, which we look to improve upon under the auspices of new Treasurer Nina Bamberg and Marketing Director Nora Walsh-Devries. In the future, we hope to work together to reach out to you, our members, in both new and traditional ways.

The most important resource we have in continuing this movement, however, is not the tools we will employ or the leadership we aim to provide. It will be YOU, the people of the Fordham community who know that to take our campus, city, state, nation, and world forward, we must not rest. Our recent success is not an end, it is a beginning to the work we will continue to do in order to bring about a better tomorrow.

Best Wishes,

Kevin Price