Veterans Campaign

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PICS Organization Name
Veterans Campaign

City/State
Washington, District of Columbia

Organization Description

Veterans Campaign is the only non-partisan, non-ideological organization whose mission is to encourage, mentor and prepare veterans for a "second service" in civic leadership. Veterans Campaign’s goal is to demystify the process of running for office, and make it accessible to veterans who are interested in continuing their service as elected officials.

We offer veterans and military family members different tools and opportunities to pursue their second service. Veterans Campaign facilitates training workshops, hosts speaker series featuring elected veterans and campaign practitioners, and conducts research into veterans in politics.

We are a small team of fewer than 5 full time staff members so interns make a big difference in our capacity to serve our constituency. We empower student interns to take ownership of projects, from social media management to research projects. At the end of an internship, they walk away with skills as well as the context of their contributions to the organization. We value their work and their perspectives as we continue to develop our program offerings.

Internship Description

Interns will provide support to Veterans Campaign, a fast-paced nonprofit educational program for aspiring civic and political leaders located in downtown Washington, DC.

Interns will play an active role in managing relationships with our varied constituents (military veterans, candidates, press, etc) by managing social media planning, generating content, and engaging with our audience on social media platforms.

Interns will also be involved in special projects including research into veterans running for office, curriculum development for workshops and seminars, and other projects as needed.

Interns will learn about the electoral process from a unique perspective and gain applicable experience in writing, design, and research.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 5/28/21 - 8/28/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • Strong Communication skills, both in person and over email/phone
  • Proven track record of taking initiative, multi-tasking, and prioritizing work in a fastpaced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Intellectual curiosity and passion for public service

Additional Qualifications

  • Interest in Veterans and/or Civic Education
  • Graphic Design Experience
  • Background with Twitter, Facebook, and social media management
  • Experience with Hootsuite

Former Interns
Adrian Rogers '21, Uche Ihenacho '22, Sydney Johnson '21, Jazzmin McMeyers '21, Brent Kibbey '21, Caleb Visser '20, Vanessa Moore '20

Evaluation Excerpt

My supervisors taught me a lot about how to manage my own work, and be focused, self sufficient and methodical with how I work. The life skills they taught me were invaluable in my future career plans.  -- Adrian Rogers '23

My best work experience this summer was sitting in on presentations that some students involved in Veterans Campaign created and presented towards the end of the summer. I was able to hear directly from people that the organization has helped and learn about super interesting topics with my co-workers present as well. -- Uchechi Ihenacho '22

Veterans Campaign definitely encourages systemic social change, as its mission is to help veterans return from service learn how to pursue civic and political careers. I learned that endeavors like these are important and rewarding, not only to the veterans, but to everyone in our nation. --Sydney Johnson '21

My best work experience this summer was the research component of my internship. I dove into it and made it my independent summer project, which was incredibly rewarding. It offered a new challenge to me, and allowed me to learn and grow in a subject area that interests me while serving others. 
—Caleb Visser '20

I had a fabulous time working at Veterans Campaign. I was able to work on many different tasks, and got a sense of all three main projects happening at once. Norm and Seth are great supervisors, and I was able to work and feel helpful.
—Vanessa Moore '20

My values were broadened and strengthened by this experience, as the people I worked with and under were exceptional. I have learned that I create an exceptional amount of change.  —Brent Kibbey '21