Intern with State Representative Carol Ammons!

Carol Ammons, (D-Urbana), the State Representative for the 103rd District, is taking applications for Spring 2018 interns for her district office.

 

Internship positions:

  • Community Advisory Panel Legislative Aide

  • Communications and Media Aide

  • Court Watch Intern

  • Constituent Services Aide

 

Representative Ammons is a first-term legislator who took office in January of 2015, following two hard-fought victories in which she and her team demonstrated their activism, hard-work, and progressive values. Representative Ammons is now putting these principles into effect at the Capitol. Please take advantage of this opportunity to be part of a group that values community engagement and participation and utilizes grassroots relationships for political change.

 

The office is close to campus and a time commitment of 10-12 hours per week is needed.  All majors are eligible to apply and we have a strong interest in students from the following majors: Political Science, Communication, Community Health, Education, Urban Planning, Marketing, Economics, Public Policy & Law, African American Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, Journalism, and Gender & Women’s Studies.

 

How To Apply For An Internship

Email a resume and essay to coordinator@staterepcarolammons.com. In no more than 250 words combined, answer the following:

 

  • Tell us about an impactful political, volunteer, or employment experience.

  • Why do you want to intern for Representative Ammons specifically?

 

You may apply for up to three intern positions.  Your email should clearly state which position you are applying for and rank them by preference.  Deadline is rolling but preference goes to applications received first.  Your major will not disqualify you in anyway from the application process.

 

Community Advisory Panel Legislative Aide

Rep. Ammons’ advisory panels meet weekly to discuss proposed legislation and advise Rep. Ammons on the community and statewide effects of these bills. The aide is responsible for organizing and facilitating meetings and providing research on pending legislation.  The types of panels are: Business, Trade and Labor; Education; Environment and Energy; Government and Taxes; Health and Human Services; and Judicial and Criminal Reform.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching bills for panel discussion

  • Facilitating panel meetings

  • Taking thorough notes of meeting

  • Engaging in frequent correspondence with panel members regarding upcoming meetings

  • Writing a weekly memo for Rep Ammons detailing panel discussion and opinions of bills

  • One night of weeknight availability (at least an hour and a half) is a requirement, as this is when the panel meetings take place

  • attending related community meetings

Requirements of the position:

  • 10-12 hours per week

    • 30 minutes bi-weekly for individual supervision meeting

    • 1 hour for weekly community advisory panel meeting

    • 1 hour for weekly meeting with all other interns

    • 1 hour for weekly meeting with other legislative aides

    • 5 hours researching bills, writing memos and agendas

  • Ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds

  • Strong interest or background in research

  • Ability to work well independently and ask questions when necessary

  • Ability to facilitate open discussion and encourage a variety of viewpoints

  • Strong writing and communication skills

 

Communications and Media Aide

This position will focus on growing Representative Ammons’ online presence and engagement through social media platforms, website content, email newsletters and updates.  

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop content for Facebook, Twitter, and website

  • Write and format newsletters and press releases

  • Develop, plan, and execute issue-based social media campaigns

  • Research other politician’s social media, websites, and newsletters for effective communication strategies

  • Attending related community meetings

Requirements of the position:

  • 10-12 hours per week

    • 30 minutes bi-weekly for individual supervision meeting

    • 1 hour for weekly meeting with social media team

    • 1 hour for weekly meeting with all other interns

    • 6 hours on various social media tasks

  • Experience working with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and basic website platforms

  • Strong writing and editing skills; AP style experience is a plus but not required

  • Background in public relations, communications, or marketing

  • Experienced in researching issues quickly but accurately

  • Knowledgeable in correct citation of secondary sources

  • Past political experience is not required

 

CourtWatch Intern

CourtWatch is a volunteer staffed program that aims to support defendants and their families by attending court hearings and attorney conferences. The goal of CourtWatch is to monitor the court’s due process and educate ourselves, defendants, and the community about the legal process in Champaign County. The Aide for CourtWatch will assist in collecting, organizing, and editing notes from court watching and compile and refine into complete case reports for CourtWatch to disseminate as seen fit.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Collect notes of all forms from CourtWatch members

  • Transfer handwritten notes into typed, case-specific reports that document the case in a logical structure

  • Check local newspaper for articles related to defendants and file them with corresponding case

  • Tag completed case reports with identifiers determined by CourtWatch Steering Committee

    • Will need to recommend identifiers and tagging structure to Steering Committee for feedback

  • Attending trials as a CourtWatch Member

  • Maintain an RSO on the UIUC Campus focusing on recruiting new members for CourtWatch

 

Requirements of the position:

  • 10-12 hours per week

    • Includes a 30 minute weekly supervision meeting with CourtWatch Steering Committee

  • Strong writing and communication skills

  • Highly organized and detail oriented

  • Strong interest or background in research

  • Ability to work well independently and ask questions when necessary

  • Ability to travel within the Champaign-Urbana community (car not necessary)


 

Constituent Services Aide

This position works closely with the full-time Constituent Services Director. The Constituent Services Aide interacts with constituents to answer questions, assist with issues, and provide general assistance to community members.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Responding to constituent correspondence in the form of phone calls, emails and written letters

  • Researching solutions to constituent issues and working on constituent cases

  • Collaborating with the Constituent Services Director to plan educational workshops for constituents

  • Attending related community meetings

Requirements of the position:

  • 10 hours per week

    • 30 minutes bi-weekly for individual supervision meeting

    • 1 hour for team meeting

    • 6 hours of constituent services tasks

  • Ability to serve the public in a friendly manner

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds