Intern with State Representative Carol Ammons!

Representative Ammons is in her second term as a state legislator. She 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 the U of I campus. A time commitment of 10 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, New Media, 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 jasmine@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?

Deadline is rolling but preference goes to applications received first.  Your major will not disqualify you in any way from the application process.

SUMMER 2017 INTERNSHIP POSITION: Legislative Aide

Responsibilities include:

  • responding to constituent correspondence

  • researching solutions to constituent issues

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

  • develop content for Facebook, Twitter, and website

  • write and format newsletters

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

  • researching legislation

  • engaging in correspondence with constituents

  • represent the office at various events and community meetings

Requirements of the position:

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

  • strong writing and editing skills

  • experienced in researching issues quickly but accurately

  • 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

  • ability to serve the public in a friendly manner strong writing and editing skills

FALL 2017 INTERNSHIP POSITIONS:

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, Judicial and Criminal Reform, and Transportation and Utilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • researching bills for the panel discussion

  • facilitating panel meetings

  • taking thorough notes of at the 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 that 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

    • 2 hours attending community meetings (equivalent to attending and documenting 1 meeting)

    • 5 hours researching bills, writing memos and agendas (50% completed in the office)

  • 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 Coordinator

This positions is responsible for developing and directing all aspects of the social media campaign for the office of State Representative Carol Ammons and managing the Communications Team.

The Communication Coordinator will be supervising the Communications and Media Aides, whose internship responsibilities include: develop content for Facebook, Twitter, and website, write and format newsletters, develop, plan, and execute issue-based social media campaigns, and research other politician’s social media, websites, and newsletters for effective communication strategies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and build the branding of the Office of State Representative

  • Train, supervise, and direct 3+ Communications Interns

  • Develop a social media style guide for the office

  • Facilitate weekly meetings of Communications Team

Requirements of the position:

  • Management ability

  • 10-12 hours per week

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

  • strong writing and editing skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of using social media as a marketing tool

  • Ability to train and educate others

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

  • 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

    • 2 hours attending community meetings (equivalent to attending and documenting 1 meeting)

    • 6 hours on various social media tasks (75% complete in the office)

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

  • strong writing and editing skills

  • experienced in researching issues quickly but accurately

  • knowledgeable in correct citation of secondary sources

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

  • researching solutions to constituent issues

  • 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

    • 2 hours attending community meetings (equivalent to attending and documenting 1 meeting)

    • 6 hours of constituent services tasks (100% completed in the office)

  • ability to serve the public in a friendly manner strong writing and editing skills

CourtWatch Archiving 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 Archiving 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 the 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

Requirements of the position:

  • 12-15 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)