Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans .

Intern Opportunities with Darius Shahinfar for Congress



Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Intern Opportunities with Darius Shahinfar for Congress

Albany, New York – The Darius Shahinfar for Congress campaign is looking for dedicated and motivated Iranian American summer volunteers.

The campaign is accepting applicants for its summer internship program. Shahinfar is running for Congress as a Democrat in Upstate New York’s 21st Congressional District.

As a proud first generation Iranian American, Shahinfar knows first hand what America means to people around our globe. He believes in an America that is able to both defend our security and our Constitution at the same time, an America that is safe and strong at home and respected abroad.

"I am humbled by how our campaign has been so warmly received nationally and I invite Iranian American students to participate as volunteers and interns in our campaign,” said Shahinfar. “This opportunity allows students to play a constructive role in this election and get hands on experience on the strategies, policies, and procedures followed in a congressional campaign.”

Interns work on a variety of projects and assignments. Possible internship positions include:

- Volunteer Coordinator: Works closely with the field team to manage the many volunteers, including assigning them events to attend, helping organize call programs, and keeping track of the volunteer schedule.

- Call Time Manager: This person will be responsible for placing fundraising calls with Darius, helping the Finance Director set the daily call schedule, and involves a lot of time with the candidate.

- Other opportunities are available in both, field, communications, and finance.

Campaign interns will serve at the campaign headquarters in Albany, New York. Albany offers cultural attractions, entertainment events, great shopping facilities, public transportation, and is only 2½ hours north of New York City.

Full-time and part-time internships are available. Applications from undergraduate and graduate students with strong academic backgrounds and an interest in public service are welcomed. Eligible applicants must be able to work independently as well as respond to direction. Excellent written and communication skills and computer fluency (mainly MS Office and Windows OS applications) is necessary. Working knowledge of the electoral process is not required but considered an advantage in selection of the successful applicant(s).

Internships are unpaid, volunteer positions. The campaign can also offer interns a place to live in Albany for as long as they are on staff and will be wiling to provide college credit or references at the end of a successful internship.