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Working As a Political Internship

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Political Internship Do

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals. 

Duties

Public relations specialists typically do the following:

  • Write press releases and prepare information for the media
  • Respond to information requests from the media
  • Help clients communicate effectively with the public
  • Help maintain their organization's corporate image and identity
  • Draft speeches and arrange interviews for an organization’s top executives
  • Evaluate advertising and promotion programs to determine whether they are compatible with their organization’s public relations efforts
  • Evaluate public opinion of clients through social media

Public relations specialists, also called communications specialists and media specialists, handle an organization’s communication with the public, including consumers, investors, reporters, and other media specialists. In government, public relations specialists may be called press secretaries. In this setting, workers keep the public informed about the activities of government officials and agencies.

Public relations specialists draft press releases and contact people in the media who might print or broadcast their material. Many radio or television special reports, newspaper stories, and magazine articles start at the desks of public relations specialists. For example, a press release might describe a public issue, such as health, energy, or the environment, and what an organization does concerning that issue.

Press releases are increasingly being sent through the Internet and social media, in addition to publication through traditional media outlets. Public relations specialists are often in charge of monitoring and responding to social media questions and concerns.

Public relations specialists are different from advertisers in that they get their stories covered by media instead of purchasing ad space in publications and on television.

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How To Become A Political Internship

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.

Education

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business. Through such programs, students produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates their ability to prospective employers.

Training

Entry-level workers typically begin by maintaining files of material about an organization’s activities, skimming and retaining relevant media articles, and assembling information for speeches and pamphlets. After gaining experience, public relations specialists begin to write news releases, speeches, articles for publication, or carry out public relations programs.

Other Experience

Internships at public relations firms or in the public relations departments of other businesses can be helpful in getting a job as a public relations specialist.

Some employers prefer candidates that have experience communicating with others through a school newspaper or a leadership position in school or in their community.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Public relations specialists deal with the public and the media regularly; therefore, they must be open and friendly to maintain a favorable image for their organization.

Organizational skills. Public relations specialists are often in charge of managing several events at the same time, requiring superior organizational skills.

Problem-solving skills. Public relations specialists sometimes must explain how a company or client is handling sensitive issues. They must use good judgment in what they report and how they report it.

Speaking skills. Public relations specialists regularly speak on behalf of their organization. When doing so, they must be able to clearly explain the organization’s position.

Writing skills. Public relations specialists must be able to write well-organized and clear press releases and speeches. They must be able to grasp the key messages they want to get across and write them in a short, succinct way to get the attention of busy readers or listeners.

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Events Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Property Manager
Assistant Director, Communications
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Law Clerk Executive Assistant Event Manager
Director Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Alumni Relations
5 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Editor Communications Manager
Community Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Owner Communications Director
Director Of Public Affairs
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Principal Communications Director
Community Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Marketing Coordinator Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Document Specialist Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Marketing Coordinator Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Event Coordinator Meeting Planner
Manager Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Producer Senior Product Manager
Head Of Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Producer Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Executive Producer Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Researcher Senior Scientist Development Director
Engagement Director
10 Yearsyrs
Reporter Public Relations Specialist Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Reporter Media Consultant Marketing Account Executive
Marketing Account Manager
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Top Skills for A Political Internship

  1. Foreign Policy
  2. Voter Registration
  3. Press Releases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Drafted foreign policy reports and correspondence.
  • Coordinated volunteers and voter registration/Outreach.
  • Authored and implemented press releases and articles advocating various politicians and political viewpoints published in city and university media.
  • Answered phone calls, took down notes, relayed messages, and attended Campaign meetings to discuss plans for city.
  • Drafted several diplomatic cables for Political and Economic Officers on various labor, investment, and privatization issues.

Political Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

45.2%

Male

43.3%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

13.3%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.3%

French

22.1%

Arabic

6.4%

German

5.7%

Russian

5.2%

Italian

4.3%

Portuguese

4.3%

Mandarin

4.0%

Chinese

3.8%

Hebrew

1.9%

Japanese

1.7%

Turkish

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Hindi

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Croatian

0.7%

Albanian

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%
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Political Internship Education

Schools

George Washington University

15.5%

American University

11.4%

Georgetown University

9.3%

Michigan State University

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.7%

New York University

5.4%

George Mason University

4.1%

University of Denver

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%

Harvard University

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Columbia University

3.4%

University of Virginia

3.4%

Syracuse University

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.1%

DePaul University

3.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.8%

Howard University

2.8%

University of Washington

2.8%

University of Central Florida

2.8%
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Majors

Political Science

42.6%

International Relations

9.9%

Law

6.0%

Business

5.2%

Communication

4.2%

Economics

4.0%

Global Studies

3.6%

History

2.9%

Journalism

2.8%

Public Relations

2.3%

Psychology

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Area Studies

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

English

1.7%

Public Administration

1.6%

Public Policy Analysis

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.3%

Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.1%

Masters

23.1%

Other

10.5%

Doctorate

5.0%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

1.9%

License

0.1%

Diploma

0.1%
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