The Gilmore for Vice-Mayor fellowship program provides an excellent opportunity to learn and serve through first-hand participation in democracy. The program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and experiences that each fellow can apply to future challenges and professional pursuits. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience by assisting professional staff with scheduling, advance, technology, new media, operations, communications, policy, political and research.
Fellows will be placed in a specific department, but may also work on such projects as compiling and entering data, staffing the front desk, answering questions from constituents and assisting volunteers.
Fellows will participate in a broad range of campaign activities, ensuring a thorough and well-rounded experience. Fellows should expect a balance of work that includes working independently within your department and also working with fellow campaign staff on group projects.
Scheduling/Advance - Fellows will assist in managing Council Member Erica Gilmore's invitations. They will be responsible for helping track calls, relaying messages to scheduling staffers and acting as active liaisons to fellow campaign departments.
New Media - Fellows need to have web and online production ability and be a strong writer. Fellows will assist with web video production, working to develop both the various video and web content campaign staff produces. Fellows will also work on all the video and content support submitted to the campaign. Ideally, fellows will video production skills. Fellows will also work with department management.
Operations/Correspondence - 1.Call Center Duties that could include but might not be limited to report writing, spreadsheet work, and follow up with callers. 2.Reception -Assist the front desk in answering and transferring office calls, greet visitors, and other front desk duties. 3. Correspondence - Assist in answering emails to the email@example.com account.
Communications - Communications interns will get a firsthand experience of the everyday functions of a press department. As a press intern, you would work daily with news outlets from around the county while monitoring breaking news stories. Your responsibilities would include monitoring blogs and newspapers, building and updating press lists, transcribing Council Member Gilmore's speeches, press appearances and assisting the communications staff with press requests. Prior experience in political/government communication is not required but is helpful. Strong writing, communication, and problem-solving skills are necessary. Communications interns will work on 2 shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Direct Marketing - Direct Marketing fellow duties include assisting in direct marketing projects - which includes helping execute the coordination of house parties, online campaigns, direct mail projects and phone banks. Fellows will be expected to help answer constituent questions, send out the campaign material packets and participate in grassroots events in the area. Familiarity with Google Drive (Google Sheets) and a plus, along with the willingness to work long hours and weekends--endless energy and commitment to changing the future of our city are desired.
Research/Policy – Fellows will assist in transcribing, monitoring media, compiling and analyzing hard copies of newspapers, compiling and analyzing campaign finance reports. Policy interns needed to perform a range of tasks, which may include but are not limited to: answering the phone, running errands, helping to manage a database of volunteers, research, and various administrative tasks. We will accept applications from people with a range of backgrounds.
Applying to be a Fellow
Applicants for the program should submit the following materials:
- A completed application form
- A current resume
- A short statement explaining why you want to be a fellow for the Gilmore for Vice-Mayor Campaign
- A letter of recommendation
To be considered for a fellowship, please submit your completed application, essay questions and resume by May 20, 2019. Please submit your application via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can upload it to the website.
Given the volume of incoming applications, we will not be able to acknowledge receipt or return any of the materials we receive. Failure to meet any of the above-mentioned requirements may delay or prevent the review of your application.
Session Dates and Application Deadline
Application DEADLINE: May 20, 2019
Summer Session: June 1, 2019 – August 1, 2019.
Fellows are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Are internships paid?
Interns work on a voluntary basis and do not receive financial compensation for their work. Interns must provide their own housing and transportation. Funding for internships may be available through university stipends or private scholarship sources.
Who is eligible to apply?
All currently enrolled undergraduate students who have a desire to invest in policies that create "A Fresh Start", or able to work part-time (16 hours per work week), may be considered.
Awarding academic credit for a fellowship is at the discretion of your high school, college or university. However, we will assist you in providing appropriate information as requested by your school. Arrangements for credit should be made before you begin the internship.
My statements on this form and any attachments to it are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and are made in good faith. I understand that knowingly false answers will lead to the rejection of my application or immediate dismissal from the program.