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Local and State of Massachusetts

Office of the Mayor - City of Fall River

DUTIES:  Support the work of the Office of Mayor by conducting research, compiling reports, doing media relations and external communication activities and supporting the mayor’s staff as assigned. Part-time to full-time opportunities are available with flexible schedule. A great opportunity to gain work experience in a fast-paced and exciting public office.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Strong verbal and written communication skills; Knowledge of computer software and the operation of office equipment; Ability to meet and deal with the public in a professional and courteous manner; Knowledge of and the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, and other software programs; Ability to work independently, handling multiple tasks simultaneously.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Current or past coursework in political science, public administration, public policy, media and communications, journalism, or public relations; Interest in and basic knowledge of local, state and national politics; Interest in future career in politics, journalism, or public relations.

SELECTION PROCESS:  Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of interest along with a resume (via email preferred). Candidates who meet education and skill expectations will be contacted for a phone interview and an in-person interview. The City of Fall River reserves the right to invite only the top qualified candidates.

Contact:  Perry C. Long, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, Office of Mayor. Phone: 508-676-0324. Email Address:

The Massachusetts Democratic Party and the Together PAC
are looking for a group of interns for Summer 2014, for our Boston office. Interns will work directly with the staff of the Party and of the Together PAC in Field, Finance, Research, New Media and Communications positions. As an intern, you will become directly involved in building the foundations of the Party and Together PAC, building for the 2014 elections, and organizing for success.


• Currently enrolled in a college or university or college degree

• Some night and weekend availability

 Application Materials

• Cover-Letter

• Resume

More Information:


Daniel Vitello in Fall River is running for Congress.  He is looking for interns for his campaign.  Call him at 508-642-5723.

My name is Ross Hemminger and I am the youth coordinator for Senator Scott Brown’s reelection campaign. We are looking for students to intern in our communications, finance, political, and grassroots organization departments. There is no partisan litmus test required to intern with us, we are simply interested in getting the most capable interns possible. I look forward to working together to provide maximum political opportunity to the students of Massachusetts. If interested, contact Ross. Here is the information:

Ross L. Hemminger

Campus/Intern Coordinator Scott Brown for Massachusetts

337 Summer Street -- Suite 100

Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Office: (857) 263-8347; Mobile: (419) 934-3069


Internship Opportunities with MA House of Representatives, Office of the Speaker:
 January through May, 2014
September through December, 2014

Interns: College Junior or Senior; Major: Political Science
Office of the Speaker Pro Tempore, Massachusetts House of Representatives, The State House, Boston
10 to 14 weeks; 12 to 20 hours per week; Mondays through Thursdays. Example: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

-Assist with the research, coordination and drafting of legislation as necessary;
-Assist with bill/legislation tracking throughout the twenty-two step legislative process;
-Assist with drafting of bill testimonies and bill summaries;
-Aid staff with constituent problem resolution and constituent correspondence;
-Aid with general office reception, clerical and inter-office communications;
-Assist staff with special projects’ research, writing and communications


-Basic computer skills / use of MS Office Suite XP;

-Experience with LAWS or Westlaw helpful;
-Proficient writing skills (technical and creative);
-Must be a self-starter capable of multi-tasking efficiently within short windows of time;
To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and one (1) writing sample to:
Kenneth E. Raymond,
Chief of Staff
Office of the Speaker Pro Tempore
Rep. Patricia A. Haddad
State House, Room 370
, MA    02133

Deadline for Submission for Spring, 2012 Semester is December November 25, 2010;

Deadline for Submission for Fall, 2012 Semester is May 15, 2012


The Office of the Town Clerk, located in the Somerset Town Office Building, 140 Wood Street, Somerset, a municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The office of the Town Clerk is responsible for all elections, local, state and federal. 

Population:  17,434    Registered Voters:  12,585     Precincts:  5

Job Title:  Elections Office Intern (unpaid)

(if the intern works at the polls on election day, the intern will be paid an hourly rate as an inspector)

Academic Requirements:  Junior or Senior with GPA of 2.75 or higher, majoring in or a minor in Political Science.  Course study of Massachusetts Politics, Business and Government, Political Parties useful.  Knowledge of election procedures before, during and after election day helpful.

Skills Required:  Must be able to communicate with and serve the public.  Must have excellent data entry skills, knowledge of ms excel and ms word.  Will be expected to provide voters with materials and knowledge of upcoming election information, ie, polling locations, public policy questions to be on ballot, election day hours, party enrollment, voter registration deadlines, etc.

Hours of work:  Flexible between the hours of 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  (Special Hours required on election day and for election day training)

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:  Voter registration, update voter record files, prepare voter lists via computer if requested, absentee ballot preparation, assist in preparation of polling location supplies, assist in testing voting day equipment, customer service both in person and on telephone, polling location assistance on election day, ie supply runner, break coverage, etc.  Assist the Town Clerk, Assistant Town Clerk, and Board of Registrars with voter registration sessions.

Immediate Supervisor:          Dolores Berge, Town Clerk, (508) 646-2818

Interested candidates should contact the Office of the Town Clerk not later than October 31, 2011 to be considered, and interns will be accepted for Fall and Winter and Spring semesters.

Sippican Week and, a new hyper-local print and web newspaper covering the towns of Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett, is seeking Reporting Interns for the Fall.  Interns would be treated as beat-reporters-in-training and focus on covering a specific beat such as education, government, business etc. based on their interests and internship-requirements. Interns will be expected to produce competent news and feature stories on a weekly basis.  Desired skills include an understanding of basic journalism concepts (inverted pyramid, AP style, 5 W’s) but we will gladly train an enthusiastic candidate who has not been exposed to these.  Applicants must have a digital camera of any kind.
If interested, please contact Matt Camara, Editor, at  with a cover letter, resume, and relevant samples, if any (articles from the school paper, photography assignments, etc.).  Students with multi-media skills such Adobe CreativeSuite, Final Cut Pro, and Flash highly encouraged to apply.




The committee's campaign manager is currently managing a political campaign to elect Tom Hoye for Mayor of Taunton, MA. Here are the 3 opportunities:

1.) Field Director. Work directly with the campaign manager on all things "field" related. Most likely to be working out of the campaign headquarters. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing the field team, maintaining the voter database, 



Barakat is a nonprofit organization that exists to strengthen the fundamental human right to education in South and Central Asia by providing exemplary basic education, increasing access to higher education and advancing literacy, particularly for women and children. Their office in Cambridge provides support to their programs and staff in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India through fundraising, awareness raising and program developme                                                                                                             nt. An internship with Barakat is a great way to supplement your graduate or undergraduate studies. You can get hands-on, practical experience working for a small non-profit organization. They are looking for hard-working, enthusiastic people who want to strengthen their skills and impact the world around them. And, because their U.S. staff is so small, you'll quickly have an opportunity to do important work—more than just making copies and getting coffee.

As long as the work that you do connects with policy, political process, or law, this is a great internship to fulfill the PSC 305 requirement. For more information about the organization, please visit the Barakat Internship site. They are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2011, but keep visiting their site for information about next spring and summer.

The Town of Dartmouth often has internship opportunities. Contact David Cressman at if interested.The most recent opportunity has been to gain practical experience in municipal government as well as to provide the Town of Dartmouth with valuable service on a significant community project. The Intern’s primary focus has been to complete the Town’s Community Rating application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which will require the Intern to complete several activities including public notification / information concerning the threat of flooding impacting certain Dartmouth residents and neighborhoods.  If the grant application is successful, Dartmouth residents will attain a reduction in their property insurance. Additionally, the Intern will have the opportunity to assist in other work as needed that must be performed by the Executive Administrator. Work activities will vary but can be expected to include attendance and participation in meetings during non-traditional work hours, (evenings). 

The Town of Wareham (54 Marion Road, Wareham, MA) has openings in the Clerks Office, the Town Planners Office, Health Dept, Licensing and grant writing, and others. Please contact the internship director, Alan Slavin, for more information at:


Year Round Interns Wanted!

MassVOTE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to register, educate and mobilize voters, with a focus on historically underrepresented communities in Massachusetts, especially people of color. We are working for a government that is accountable to all of us. Our work for electoral justice is one part of a larger infrastructure for social change...a movement for social, economic, and racial justice.

MassVOTE’s offices are located in downtown Boston, close to all 5 T lines, steps from City Hall and the State House.

Qualified candidates will be highly motivated, organized, computer proficient and able to work individually and as a member of a team. Following the interview process, each intern will meet with the volunteer coordinator to select a specific project to work on with a staff supervisor over the course of the internship. 2011 Interns will focus on voter engagement, 2011 legislative reform, coalition building or volunteer mobilization.

General Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Ability to commit 20 hours a week at the MassVOTE office
  • Assistance with administrative tasks, communications, special tasks
  • Familiarity with social networking sites such as facebook, twitter and flickr
  • Experience with political campaigns or voter registration preferred
  • Interest in Massachusetts State Politics, voter justice and organizing a must
  • Friendly and sociable personality with a good sense of humor required

Submit resume and cover letter to Sam Geller at or call the MassVOTE office with any questions at (617) 542-8683.

Rep. Niki Tsongas often needs interns in her Congressional District offices.  Interns gain hands-on experience dealing with current issues and maintaining a diverse set of administrative and legislative responsibilities.  Working individually and with staff, interns will gain expeirence with a broad range of projects from policy research to constituent correspondence to event planning.  To apply, please visit to download the internship application form.

Students work in an energetic and exciting environment when they intern for The Massachusetts Republican Party.  The ideal candidate has strong written and oral communication skills, an interest in Republican politics and policy along with strong academic, technology and research skills.  Successful candidates will provide support by conducting media and issue research, project and event support in the field, and various office tasks such as phone banking, mailings and database entry.   Qualifications include: a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week (between the hours of 9:30 am and 5:00 pm), enrollment in an undergraduate degree program with an above average GPA, ability to prioritize work assignments and to contribute to projects under tight deadlines, superior time management skills and proven ability to execute long-term projects, avid interest in and understanding of news media and a strong work ethic.  Click on the become an intern link at the Massachusetts Republican Party site.

Governor Deval Patrick's Office typically needs highly motivated individuals interested in interning with state government. The Governor's Internship Program offers part-time internships during every academic semester as well as full- and part-time internships every summer. Positions are unpaid and housing is the responsibility of the intern. Full-time students who have completed at least one year of college are eligible to apply and a personal interview is required as part of the application process. Before applying, you should review the office descriptions and candidate criteria at the site. Although they cannot guarantee placement in a specific office, if you are interested in one you may want to indicate so in your cover letter. To Apply, Please Submit: 1. A cover letter; 2. A résumé; 3. A writing sample (2 to 3 pages); and 4. Three (3) letters of recommendation (At least one from a current or former employer) Via Regular Mail or E-Mail to: Daniela De Caro - Internship Coordinator, State House, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133. (617) 725-4005

Students are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible to allow time for personal interviews.

Application Deadline for Summer 2011 Internships: Friday, March 18, 2011.

Senator Mark Montigny's district office in New Bedford generally needs interns to do campaigning, social services, and other kinds of jobs. Please contact Theresa Nowell, District Office Director. She will discuss responsibilities and hours in more detail when you contact her. Her email address is: Students have had great experiences interning here in the past, and in this case, there is also room to use any financial and marketing skills you may have.

Intern needed for non-profit legal services organization located in Fall River for minimum of 10 hours per week to assist busy development office with the recruitment and placement of college and law school graduates at legal services offices statewide for a year of national service.  Duties may include:

  • Maintaining website and other career sites used for recruitment to ensure that information is current and accurate. 
  • Tracking and screening all incoming applications and maintaining related files.
  • Communicating with potential applicants regarding the program and/or application status.
  • Supporting Development Office fundraising initiatives with goal of developing database of potential donors.
  • Assisting with the preparation of training and events.
  • Coordinating volunteers records for five legal services offices located in Southeastern MA.
  • Utilizing language skills common in the service area (when available) to further legal staffs ability to provide outreach to clients with limited English proficiency. 


  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Interest in working with a non-profit in development/administrative capacity
  • Commitment to equal justice for low-income people in Massachusetts. 

 Contact:  Kathy Marx, AmeriCorps Program Director, Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency, South Coastal Counties Legal Services, P.O. Box 2507, 22 Bedford St., 2nd Flr., Fall River, MA 02722-2507

 508-676-5022 Ext. 2019; 508-676-8657 (Fax)

Accounting Intern needed for busy non-profit legal services office in Fall River for a minimum of ten hours per week.  Duties may include:

  • Accounts payable: compare and match POs, invoices, receiving slips; enter approved payables in accounting system; process disbursements and maintain relevant files; verify travel documentation and calculate costs for grant allocations
  • Maintain files for annual subscriptions to avoid duplication or expiration
  • Record bi-weekly payroll and maintain relevant files for accounts payable and billing, including monthly spreadsheets for salary allocation, union dues, and quarterly charitable contributions
  • Update and post monthly allocation entries in accounting system
  • Reconcile bank accounts; maintain file of cancelled checks in check number order
  • Reconcile cash receipts journal to bank statements
  • Maintain documentation for time and expense records for grant billing backup.
  • Provide assistance with documentation for audit as required
  • Overall office support as needed. 

Requirements:  Experience in MS Word, MS Excel, QuickBooks, bookkeeping -specifically accounts payable and general office practices is preferred.  Familiarity with ADP Payroll processing a real plus. 

Contact:  Kathy Marx, AmeriCorps Program Director, Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency, South Coastal Counties Legal Services, P.O. Box 2507, 22 Bedford St., 2nd Flr., Fall River, MA 02722-2507

508-676-5022 Ext. 2019; 508-676-8657 (Fax)

Internships in the Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. offices of Congressman Barney Frank are generally available. The internship offers an excellent opportunity to learn about Congress, the legislative process, politics, and the government in general, whether you are studying these topics formally in school or you are simply interested in learning more about them. The primary duties of interns include assisting the Congressman's staff in clerical and administrative responsibilities, working on research projects with the legislative staff, and helping staff involved in constituent casework. Internships are unpaid and generally last 1-4 months. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please send a resume and cover letter to: Congressman Barney Frank, 2252 Rayburn Building, Washington, DC 20515, Attn: Leona Atkins, Intern Coordinator; (202) 225-5931

If you are interested in applying for an internship in one of the Massachusetts offices, please contact those offices by phone or mail.

Krisanne Sheedy, Executive Director of the Fairhaven Housing Authority, is looking for an intern. The duties include helping senior citizens and disabled people find resources, services and activities.
If interested in finding out more, please call her at 508-993-1144.




The Edward M. Kennedy Institute offers a limited number of semester-long internships for

students in partnership with the University of Massachusetts. Interns are ambassadors for the

Institute and may apply from any major. Through the program, students gain mentorship and

professional training by facilitating the visitor experience, and assisting in policy research and

content development for interactive educational platforms. Through two program divisions,

interns contribute to the operations of a new non-profit center dedicated to civic learning and


The internship program aims to promote leadership, teaching and professional career skills for

students. Students receive training in the interactive exhibits, tablet experience and simulations

of senate debates and learn how to support and mentor expected visitor groups including high

school and university classes, government officials, families, overseas visitors, tourist groups

and the general public. In addition to research tasks for programs relating to public policy and

the legislative process, Interns will receive specific assignment in operations, development,

communications and outreach.

Relevant Experience

  • Education I Public Programs
  • Government I Public Policy I Democracies
  • History /International RelationsI Political Science
  •  Museum Sciences I Digital Media I Educational Technology
  • Media I Performance
  • Communications I Outreach
  • Business I Development
  • Data Visualization I Game Design



  •  At least 30 credits accrued towards a major

  •  Good academic standing

  •  Outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills

  •  A basic understanding of federal government



1. _A Completed Internship Application Form

2. _Unofficial University Transcript

3. _Cover Letter detailing interest in the program and relevant background/ experience

4. _Resume

5. _Writing sample

6.  _Contact information for two personal/ professional references


Click the link to access a PDF application form.

Kennedy Institute Application


125 Summer Street- Suite 550 · Boston, Massachusetts 02110


Koch Foundation is accepting applications for its upcoming spring 2012 (deadline Dec. 15!) and summer 2012 internship programs.
Housed in Washington, DC, these are paid internships.  For more information or to apply, please visit Koch Internship Program click on the internship link and follow application instructions.

Project Vote Smart needs interns for Summer 2011!! This organization offers great work experiences for students through its National Internship Program.  The internship is located at the Great Divide Ranch in Montana and room, board and living expenses are covered for the duration of the 10 week internship.  For more information and application instructions, visit the internship page of the website:

Please don't hesitate to contact Darren McDivitt, National Internship Coordinator at or 1-888-868-3762.

There is an outstanding internship program run by the Washington Center. Interns go to DC to complete an internship, a related program and a course. Summer interns earn 9 credits (6 for PSC 305 and 3 for a transfer course) while semester interns earn 15 (12 for PSC 305 and 3 for a transfer course). Many UMD students have participated. Find out more and apply to be an intern
at The Washington Center


Find out about semester-long internships at Greenpeace Internships. Applications are now being accepted for summer 2011.

Live (in the nation's capital), Learn (Georgetown courses) and Intern (real-world experience). This program is sponsored by the Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University.  Programs in various political and policy-related areas are held each summer, fall and spring in Washington, DC. Students receive internship and course credit. Check the site for more information, online application forms, and deadlines. Faculty Nomination forms are also available.

The Capital Semester in Washington, DC is is one of the Live, Learn and Intern programs. Capital Semester is accepting applications for Fall 2011.  Students applying for the Fall semester who submit their applications by March 1st will receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance.  A substantial amount of scholarship funding is available and will be awarded based on financial need and merit.  Also, students who are interested should contact the internship director about nominations as nominated students get priority in admission and scholarship decisions.   Visit for more information.

The National Federation of Republican Women is offering the Dorothy Andrews Kabis Internship.  This program offers the undergraduates the opportunity to spend 6 weeks in the nation's capital working in the headquarters of the National Federation of Republican Women.  Information is available at, and the application is also available through the site. Applications must be submitted to the State Federation President by February 20.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens in their junior year of college and should have general knowledge of government and interest in politics, including campaign experience and clerical office skills.  The internship provides a small monetary allowance, roundtrip airfare to and from Washington, D.C. and housing in the D.C. metropolitan area.

George Washington University has a Semester in Washington program that focuses on political campaigns, legislative politics and political communication.  The program can involve an internship as well as courses that can be tranferred to UMD.  Here is more information:

The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) Internship Program was established in 1994 to provide Portuguese-American students with work experience in their field of interest. Using its connections with government, civil-society and business leaders, PALCUS helps these students find internships which will give them the experience needed for success in a future career. Since its inception, over 130 internship opportunities have been provided to university students.

Previous interns have been given positions in Washington D.C., and at the hometown offices of Congressmen such as Devin Nunes, Patrick Kennedy, Barney Frank, Brian Bilbray, Lincoln Chafee, and George Radonovich. Some have interned at Portuguese consulates in Newark, New York City. Others have interned at the Luso-American Development Foundation in Lisbon, as well as the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon. Some of the upcoming internship positions will be at Congressional offices in Washington, DC as well as the respective home offices.  Positions at the Portuguese consulates throughout the United States (note: there is a consulate in Boston) are also available.  Internship responsibilities will vary from office to office. Interns receive a stipend to help cover their living expenses. Some of the internships also include travel and housing expenses. PALCUS is currently accepting applications for the Summer of 2010. If you would like help finding a specific internship throughout the year, please contact us at Please click here for the 2010 Internship Application.

The Washington Internship Institute offers a comprehensive program for completing an internship in Washington DC. They have two programs: Capital Experience, and Embassy and Diplomatic Scholars. In addition to the internship, you will also take two academic seminars that can be used as transfer credit at UMD. Explore the program at their website: They are currently accepting applications for summer 2011 and fall 2001.

Political Job Hunt is a great resource for political internships across the country. Simply filter by "internships."


The US Department of State hires interns, many of whom work overseas as well as in Washington. To learn more about the internship possibilities here, go to the
U.S. Department of State Student Programs link.

The political science dept greatly supports international internship opportunities as a vehicle for expanding our graduates’ global connections. Students taking part in summer or semester-long study away programs are especially encouraged to pursue a foreign internship, of which there are virtually thousands. Credit for PSC 305 is available if you complete an internship while studying abroad.  Click here to find out more about the UMD Study Abroad program.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit. Please visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program site for more information and application details. Fall and Summer 2001 applications are due March 1, 2011.

The Washington Center also has international internship opporutunities through its Summer Intern Abroad program. Application deadline for summer 2011 is February 25, 2011. Act now!