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Student Internship Program
The TNDP Internship Program provides college, graduate, and high school level students with an opportunity to play a hands-on role in Tennessee politics. Students from across the state can participate to develop leadership responsibilities, while working alongside of TNDP staff, legislators and candidates.
Students with a desire to work in a political campaign environment are welcomed, but political science and history backgrounds are not required. Positions are available for students with experience in government, political science, administration, communication, graphic design and video production. Selection is based on academic qualifications, including a minimum 2.5 GPA, as well as each applicant’s passion and expected aptitude for the variety of job assignments within the TNDP.
Two internship tracks are available this spring and summer for students interested in working 20+ or 40+ hours.
There are no paid internships within the TNDP; however, there are many intangible benefits of a TNDP Internship, such as direct interaction with political leaders, hands-on experience in a fast-paced political office, and practical training in the tools and techniques of modern campaigns. Based on your performance, your supervisors will be happy to write you strong letters of recommendation and assist you in the next stages of your career.
The number of academic credits granted depends on your college or university. Please contact your faculty representative to obtain this information and collect any necessary forms from your university internship adviser. We are happy to work with any institution to meet the guidelines for credit.
Please note: academic credit is not a requirement.
Interns will be assigned to a TNDP office during the term of their assignment, and opportunities are available across the state. Duties may include community outreach, data management, fundraising assistance, event planning assistance, research, grassroots organizing, communications assistance, graphic design, video and web design, and administrative work.
Projects, Tours & Guest Speakers
In the past, we have taken interns to the Tennessee State Capitol, as well as to meetings, rallies, and events across the state.
For Additional Information
Contact: Elizabeth Crews, Field Director, Elizabeth@TNDP.org