Republican Party of Cuyahoga County | Internships


As an RPCC intern, you will be involved in various elements of the political process at the local, county, and federal levels. This involvement includes contributing to and participating in projects, working with elected officials and candidates, and performing clerical duties. By the end of your internship, you will have learned, developed, and reinforced many skills and abilities that are critical to a career in local government and/or politics.

The RPCC internship is non-paid. You will receive a letter of recommendation from the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County upon successful completion of the internship. You can however receive course credit for doing the internship from your university (consult your advisor for course credit information).


Roles & Responsibilities Of An RPCC Intern

Contributing To And Participating In Projects
  During your internship, you will play an important role in making sure projects are completed successfully. The amount and type of participation will largely depend on (a) the project and (b) your role in that project. You will be involved in the following types of projects:
  • Assisting with planning and marketing events. Depending on your skills and the event, you will be called on to contribute in various ways. Your contribution or participation can range from (1) sitting-in on committee meetings to help shape the event, to (2) writing, editing, and distributing press releases, media advisories, and flyers, to (3) making phone calls for fundraising or publicity purposes.
  • Researching information relevant to the RPCC. As a part of our research process, we cut out newspaper articles and file them for possible use during campaigns. These articles are distributed as literature and may be used as resources for press releases.
Working With Elected Officials And Candidates
  During your internship, you will have the opportunity to meet elected officials and candidates. Examples of the types of activities that you will help them with include the following:
  • Campaigning. This may include anything from gathering signatures to get them on the ballot to helping produce or distribute literature.
  • Researching information. Typical research includes obtaining information about candidates and their electorate.
  • Entering and organizing data. Data entry allows us to organize and analyze information, and then share that information within the party.
Performing Clerical Duties
  You will also be required to spend some of your time doing clerical work such as:
  • Answering phones.
  • Running errands.
Benefits Of Becoming An RPCC Intern
  The three main benefits of being a RPCC intern are gaining valuable work experience, networking, and receiving a letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the internship. As a RPCC intern, we can offer you the opportunity to:
  • Work with fellow conservatives.
  • Make your intern schedule compatible with your school and/or job schedule.
  • Apply your skill set in a way that reflects your academic background.


Why Intern With The RPCC?

A Window Into The Organization And Your Profession
  Internships provide you a window that allows you to see the characteristics and skills that are necessary for success in a given profession. During your internship with a political or business organization, you can see if that organization is the type of place in which you would like to work for a professional career. In other words, internships allow you to sample an organization, a career, and whether you would like to continue following a career path in that profession with that organization.
Enhance Your Resume And Portfolio
  Not only do internships give you a “realistic view of the workplace,” but they also offer a chance to “build-up work experience” and “supplement the academic theory you learned in school.” As an intern, you receive training from experienced people who can help “mentor” you and ease the transition into a new work environment—these experienced people are the same experts with whom you will also work with to complete projects. By the end of your internship, you will have significantly enhanced your resume and portfolio: getting valuable work experience, adding new references, having concrete examples of work for a professional organization, and being involved in tangible scenarios you can point to, to demonstrate academic theory and concepts in a real-life, practical way.
Get A Leg-Up On Other Job Hunters
  After graduation, when you and all your fellow classmates go looking for jobs, you will have a “leg-up” on all the other job hunters whom didn't do an internship. You will know what to say when you are interviewing for a job: what skills and abilities to emphasize, the buzz words to use, and so on; you will have concrete examples of work for a professional organization; you will have examples of involvement in projects, showing your ability to work well in groups; and you will have already performed many of the day-to-day tasks that are commonplace in a professional career. All this makes you a more attractive job applicant.
  According to a survey of 1,172 members of the class of 2000, which included 99 colleges and universities throughout the nation, 86% of all college seniors have completed at least one internship before graduation, and 69% have completed two or more. The number of students completing internships has been steadily increasing since 1995.
  Republican Party of Cuyahoga County

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