Legislative & Community Affairs Internship - Spring 2020
Application deadline: Nov 21, 2019
Interns in Senator Chang-Díaz's office are integral members of the team and work closely with staff to support the Senator’s goals across legislation, constituent services, and communications. Interns primarily assist staff in managing correspondence with constituents. Each intern receives training and hands-on experience responding to constituent concerns across numerous issue areas. This internship is the perfect primer for anyone looking to learn about the legislative process, constituent services, or communication.
Each day in the office is different, but one might include:
• Office reception – Serving as the first face & voice people experience when they enter the office. This includes answering phones, greeting visitors, and ensuring that everyone feels welcomed and valued.
• Constituent assistance – Responding to constituent needs, drafting letters, making contact with local service providers, and performing community outreach regarding upcoming legislation.
• Data management – Tracking constituent requests, recording inquiries, updating the office mailing list, and tracking press hits.
• Legislative training & support – Attending and assisting staff at Senate sessions, legislative briefings, and bill hearings.
• Scheduling Inquiries – Assisting the Bilingual Senior Assistant to adjust the Senator’s schedule and prioritize various event invitations.
In addition, interns are asked to assist with daily issues that arise in the office. Depending on staff needs and each intern's interests and skills, they may also assist staff with communications and press objectives (e.g. social media, press, and data analytics), bill filing, deliveries, and researching issues. All internships are unpaid.
Internships are writing intensive and require high level communication skills. In general, interns must demonstrate the following:
• Strong written and oral communication skills (experience answering phones is helpful)
• Attention to detail
• Responsibility and an ability to be self-directed
• Basic proficiency in Microsoft office programs
• Courteous and professional demeanor
• Commitment to community and public service
ABOUT THE OFFICE
State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz is a thoughtful, honest, and tenacious champion for the voiceless. She serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education and is widely recognized as a strong advocate for public education, criminal justice reform, and access and opportunities for low-income and immigrant communities. She is also a proponent of sound fiscal reform and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
Currently serving her fifth term on behalf of the Second Suffolk District, which is comprised of all or part of the Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, and South End neighborhoods in Boston. Senator Chang-Díaz is the first Latina ever elected to the Massachusetts State Senate, and is one of only five women of color currently serving in the state legislature.
Interns are hired on a semester/summer basis. Priority is given to candidates who are able to commit to 2 full days (9AM-5PM) per week. If interested in interviewing, please send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample (3 pages max) on a subject of your choice to the Senator’s Bilingual Senior Assistant, Escarolyn Garcia at Escarolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-722-1673.