Campaign Internship with Ben Kallos for Manhattan Borough President
Students with democratic values interested in fighting for a better borough and learning how to win a campaign for Manhattan Borough President are invited to apply to Ben Kallos’ campaign for Manhattan Borough President. Virtual interns will be completing 15 hours a week by completing phone banking responsibilities. In-Person Interns in the NYC area needed. In-person interns will be completing 15 hours a week by canvassing in the community. Applicants should be committed to electing a progressive leader as Manhattan Borough President. Tasks may include but will not be limited to:
- Exposure – building a knowledgeable foundation of political campaigns and the behind-the-scenes work of a political election.
- Voter Outreach – connecting with voters by phone, door, mail, online, and wherever possible to tell them about our campaign and to ask for their vote.
- Organizing – organizing residents and communities around common interests as well as planning and executing events.
- Data Analysis – navigating excel and utilizing the program to sort out signatures and important data.
- Database Work – working with the campaign’s database and learning how to maneuver it.
- Fundraising – building lists to ensure the campaign has accurate data and learning the fundraising database system.
- Events – attending virtual events for the campaign and being active in the community.
Interns who excel in their responsibilities will have the opportunity to become Fellows who assist with:
- Management – coordinating teams of interns and volunteers to ensure the successful completion of daily tasks.
- Organization – working with the Field Director to achieve daily and weekly voter engagement goals.
- Apprenticeship – hands-on training in the inner workings of campaign management, with the ultimate goal of serving as Regional Field Organizers or Deputy Field Directors.
Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.
More on Council Member Ben Kallos
Manhattan Borough President Candidate and New York City Council Member Ben Kallos has been praised by the New York Times for his “fresh ideas” and elected in 2013. He grew up in Manhattan with a single mother and his grandparents, who fled anti-Semitism in Europe. In the Council, he Co-Chairs the Progressive Caucus, where he has taken on corruption by authoring laws to eliminate outside income, lulus, and to get big money out of politics through a new public matching campaign finance system. Having refused money from corporations, lobbyists, and real estate developers, he has taken on the overdevelopment of buildings for billionaires winning rezonings to protect affordable housing throughout the city. He even authored the law to put hundreds of thousands of affordable homes back on the market for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. As a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he believes in public education, having secured more than 1,000 pre-kindergarten seats and authored legislation to force the city to build more school seats, including 824 in his district. As Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Taskforce with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, he has secured $275 million to rebuild a resilient waterfront. In addition to cleaning up the government, he’s cleaned up the district with a new large covered trash can on every corner. His office is open and transparent, with constituents invited to vote on how to spend one million dollars on local projects in the district as well as to join him in a conversation on the First Friday of each month, or he will go to them for “Ben In Your Building.”
The internship is unpaid though the campaign will work with applicants to secure academic credit. Due to the pandemic, this internship will be mostly remote, at least to start, though there is a preference for New York City residents. A minimum of 10 hours per week is required, with a preference for applicants who can commit more hours as we approach the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021.
The internship program will begin as soon as possible and extend through the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and comply strictly with the Americans with Disabilities Act.