House Democratic Communications Internship Opportunities

Interning for the Michigan House of Representatives is a wonderful way to learn about state government and the legislative process. Working specifically with the House Democratic Caucus and the Democratic Communications Department is a great way to experience firsthand the role media, communication and service play in politics.

The program is designed to give a well-rounded experience, including both substantial responsibilities and support of central staff.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Intern responsibilities vary greatly and range from assisting with administrative and office duties to advancing press conferences and researching house district profiles. The goal is to obtain work experiences related to your career interests.

An intern is a reflection of the office. We are looking for interns who are professional in demeanor and decorum. A willingness to work hard, be punctual and dependable are a must. Strong computer skills are helpful but not necessary. Classes may be provided to assist with further office related computer learning. An interest in state-wide politics and the legislative process are preferred for political positions.

Internship Positions

Field Research Internship

Field research interns assist the field staff by researching key issues in house districts as well as updating and developing district profiles. Interns regularly meet with and collect information from Representatives and their staff, update the district database and assist with pinpointing press event locations and press event attendees.

Graphic Design Internship

The design interns will engage in collaborative brainstorming, design, implementation and critiquing of statewide publications. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign as well as excellent communication skills are a must. Please provide portfolio for consideration.

Office Support Internship

Office interns are responsible for assisting our central staff with answering our multi-line phone, assisting with the circulation and archiving of newspapers, welcoming visitors into our office, filing and faxing, organizing special projects, as well as assisting with general and administrative office responsibilities. 

Photography Internship

The photography position consists of assisting our Caucus photographer with setting appointments, editing and providing light camera shooting. Interns also may work on other areas of public relations when needed, including video production and writing. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and digital photography are a plus. Please provide portfolio and/or clips.

Press Internship

The press interns aid in producing, proofing and distributing press releases, speeches and columns; circulating and archiving newspapers; updating media lists; and arranging, facilitating and advancing media events and press conferences. On occasion, interns also will be asked to work for the video production coordinator, either by running cameras or editing shows.

Web Site Design/Developer Internship

The Web site interns assist in Web site HTML code checking, search engine optimization, design and Web site maintenance. Internship requirements: experience using Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, excellent communication and organizational skills.

Audio/Video Production Intern

The production interns will learn all aspects of the production process from pre-production to distribution.  They will be involved in the production of cable shows, public service announcements, web content, radio shows, and other various projects. Strong camera and computer skills, including knowledge of Mac, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop are a plus.

Program Guidelines

Internships are unpaid (volunteer) work experiences that provide the student with excellent opportunities to gain academic credit while preparing for their career of choice. Depending on the educational institution, participants will be expected to work part-time, 10-20 hours a week, or full-time, 20-30 hours a week, to be eligible to earn class credit through this program. Space is limited, and availability within the different departments will be determined based on need for each upcoming semester. We do not accept applications from high school students. Monetary compensation for participants will not be available. Carpooling is encouraged, and parking costs will be considered. We will work with you and your professor to make this experience a meaningful one.

Spring Semester
Begins January 2013

Summer Semester
Begins May 2013

Fall Semester
Begins August 2013

Application Process

If your educational institution has an Intern Coordinator, please try and work through them. This is the easiest way to acquire credit through work. Please send applications, cover letters and resumes to:

PDF Icon Internship Application
House Democratic Communications
PO Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Fax to: (517) 373-9555
Email to:

Note: If applying for the Web internships, photo internships or graphics internships, please submit an electronic portfolio or URL with your application.

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