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Internship Opportunity

Oregon’s 4th Congressional District

2021 Internship Opportunity

Location: Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District
The DeFazio campaign office is based in Eugene, Oregon with opportunities to organize throughout the district.

Peter DeFazio’s congressional campaign, DeFazio for Congress, is organizing towards the November 2022 election and building a strong team of interns to support Oregon’s grassroots effort to re-elect Congressman Peter DeFazio. DeFazio for Congress has a proven track record of success and is known throughout Oregon for not only working to ensure the reelection of Peter DeFazio but for supporting a vast network of local, statewide, and federal Democratic candidates who've achieved election. Our strong team of interns will help elect Congressman DeFazio, allies in Oregon, and play a crucial role in maintaining and expanding the majority in Congress.

Working on a political campaign is a great way to build a resume and offers a chance to build professional relationships, networking skills, and to be civically engaged. Countless former interns with DeFazio for Congress have gone on to work on local campaigns, advocacy organizations, and work as political staffers in the state legislature and in Washington D.C. Our interns will obtain hands-on work experience with the fast-paced nature of a political campaign including working with volunteers to contact voters and encourage participation in the democratic process. Interns will also participate in weekly skill building sessions, hear from guest speakers across the political field, and see what it’s like to work in each area of a campaign.

Responsibilities:

*Assisting with planning and running phone banks, textbanks, and events

*Building a campaign TikTok, Snapchat, and monthly newsletter

*Calling and mobilizing volunteers

*Maintaining and updating campaign databases and trackers

*Opposition research and tracking

*Attending local community events with staff and the Congressman

*Assisting staff in growing relationships with community partners

Skills:

*Strong communication skills

*Willingness to learn new skills and try new experiences

*Excitement for re-electing Congressman DeFazio!

This is an unpaid opportunity that is available to anyone with experience or interest in advocacy, community building, civic engagement, activism, or political campaigning. Hours are flexible, but we encourage a minimum of two shifts per week and a weekend canvas so that you are fully able to learn the skills needed to become a future campaign staffer. Internships are temporary and will last until December 2021, with an opportunity to extend into 2022.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume to the campaign’s Field Department using the subject line: 2021 DeFazio Campaign Internship. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Fun facts about our Congressman Peter DeFazio:

✔️ DeFazio is the dean of the Oregon delegation and has developed a reputation for being a passionate, outspoken, and proven common sense leader. He’s spent his career fighting for the people and isn’t afraid to stand up to the administration, to party leadership, or the wealthy elite.

✔️ In 2019, Congressman DeFazio was elected as Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where he’s focused on rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, developing a 21st century transportation policy that will reduce dependency on fossil fuels, and invest in bold new sources of energy like renewable hydrogen. DeFazio was among the first House Democrats to support a committee on climate change and is an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.

✔️ DeFazio believes that everyone in this country should have access to quality, affordable healthcare and prescription drugs. He’s long advocated for universal healthcare and is a proud co-sponsor of Medicare for All.

✔️ Peter is proud of his 100% rating from Planned Parenthood and is endorsed by NARAL and other pro-choice organizations. He’s always fought for access to reproductive healthcare and will do everything in his power to defend Roe v Wade. ✔️ Peter moved to Oregon in his 20s to attend the University of Oregon and knew that he’d spend the rest of his life here. He spends his free time hiking and backpacking in some of Oregon’s most wild and scenic landscapes.

✔️ Peter could not have attended college without the support of loans, grants, and work study programs. He believes that everyone deserves access to achieving the American dream. He’s fought to lower student loan interest rates and increase access to pell grants. Peter votes no against congressional pay raises and instead personally funds scholarships for dislocated workers in Oregon. To date, Peter and his wife have funded 273 scholarships. Peter counts these scholarships among his proudest accomplishments.

As Independent as Oregon.

Peter DeFazio's common-sense proposals aim to create good-paying jobs, expand access to affordable health care and develop options outside of the for-profit marketplace, restore economic and educational opportunities, hold government accountable and tip the scales of inequality back in favor of hard-working Oregonians.

Meet Peter