Intern with State Representative Carol Ammons!

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Internship positions:

  • Legislative Aide (Applications Closed)
  • Community Advisory Panel Legislative Aide
  • Communications and Media Aide
  • Constituent Services Aide
  • CourtWatch Intern
  • Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Legislative Aide

This position is a great opportunity to display multiple skill sets. You will not only focus on growing Representative Ammons’ online presence and engagement, but also interact with constituents to answer questions, assist with issues, and provide general assistance to community members. On top of this you will have the opportunity to research legislation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching bills and future legislation
  • Attending related community meetings
  • Researching other politician’s social media, websites, and newsletters for effective communication strategies
  • Developing content for Facebook, Twitter, and website
  • Responding to constituent correspondence in the form of phone calls, emails and written letters

Requirements of the position:

  • 10-12 hours per week
  • Ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Experience working with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and basic website platforms

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
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • Ability to serve the public in a friendly manner
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds

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)

 


AssiSTant to the chief of staff

The position works almost solely with the Chief of Staff in support of al manner of work. This person will be working closely with the Chief of Staff and participate in almost all aspects of their job description.

The position requires 10-15 hours per week, the majority of those hours would be in the office between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist in facilitating and coordinating the Community Advisory Panel meetings, assist with recruitment of panel participants from the community.
  • Serve as the liaison for the Representative to local, state or fewer offices; may assign task in this area to other staff members as necessary support and facilitate researching, drafting, and passing legislation; track legislation for reporting to the State Representative.
  • Assist with policy research and analysis, ensure proper drafting of legislation from Legislative Review Bureau.
  • Assist in planning events to engage the community in the legislative process.
  • Assist in maintaining the State Rep.’s  official schedule, book travel plans and related records.
  • Ensure that all necessary support materials are provided to the State Rep.
  • Brief Stat Rep. on al scheduling activities of the office and make recommendations on proposed future meetings.
  • Meet with constituents and special interest groups on behalf of the State Rep. when deemed necessary.
  • Maintain all database platforms.
  • Support Constituent Services staff in all constituent-related activities.


Skills and Knowledge Required:

  • Experience and understanding of state politics and 
  • Ability to exercise discretion, independent judgement and problem solving skills. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant and professional manner.
  • Self-starting and capable of completing tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Proficient in:
    • Google Apps
    • All popular social media platforms
    • Word processing and spreadsheet software
    • Slack and Asana preferred