How She Got That Internship is a series that highlights conservative women’s internships in various organizations and positions to inspire the next generation of conservative women to lead. Did you, or a young woman that you know, have an internship experience you want to share with our readers? Submit it in this form and we will contact you if we think it would be a great fit for the series.
Summer is perhaps the best time for young leaders to invest in themselves by gaining valuable work experience, namely through internships. As summer comes to a close and fall looms ahead, FFL is sitting down with a number interns to reflect on this year’s highlights and encourage more young leaders to apply for next year’s internships!
How did you find out about the position, and why did you decide to apply?
I found out about the position while I was at a Young Republicans event in Scottsdale that me and my friends went to. In fact, I met the man who was hiring there and he told me he was looking for interns and we exchanged cards. I ended up emailing my my resumé and went in for an interview. I wanted to apply because I have always loved the idea of working on a campaign and working in a fast-paced environment and the idea that I would be helping the incumbent Governor get re-elected sounded like such an amazing opportunity.
What was the driving force behind choosing to work at as a campaign intern?
The driving force was the fact that I would be able to work alongside people who were passionate about campaign work and I believed they would be great people for me to look up to and learn from about campaigns. In addition to that, I also know how tough and critical the Arizona race is going to be and I wanted to help to make sure that the right person, at least the one I believe who is, gets re-elected.
Have you interned before? If so, where?
I have not interned in D.C. before but it is my absolute dream to work there or intern there!
Describe a typical day at your internship.
A typical day at the internship is me getting there around 4 pm and usually stay until around 7pm, however I go in Saturdays around 10 am and stay until 4. During this time I am usually making a lot of phone calls to Arizona constituents who are eligible to vote in the election and try to help get the word out about Governor Ducey running for re-election. In addition to that, I also have helped do some transcribing for past debates and have helped to recruit people for when we have a Super Saturday as well through various social media platforms and networking.
What was the biggest WOW moment of your internship?
The biggest WOW factor on the campaign was probably the first day I went in and there was a huge kick-off party for the campaign. There was tons of people there in support of the Governor and Governor Ducey gave speech and we were able to meet him as well. The coolest part about the day, however, was that Governor Ducey eventually came up to the office, sat down, and phone banked with us and started calling constituents with the rest of the interns and I as well. He did this a few times after that as well and I thought it was really cool to see that the Governor was willing to help us make calls when he was also busy running a state.
Looking back over your time in the internship, what’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a result of your time interning for the Governor Ducey’s campaign?
While I have only been interning with the campaign for a little bit, I have learned how to go into something with an open mind and to always be open to learning new things. I had never really phone banked before and was initially worried about reaching out to people I have never met before and trying to see what their thoughts were on the election and the state of Arizona. It ended up being a really good experience, however, because it taught me to be able to listen to other people’s point of view and be able to hear what they thought were some of the most important issues being debated in this election cycle. I also was able to learn how to communicate about politics with someone you had never met, and probably never will meet, in a manner that will help to persuade them to vote for who you are advocating for in the future.
Would you work for a campaign again, and what advice would you give to future applicants?
I would 100% work on a campaign again. I have met some amazing people and have also gained valuable experience on talking to voters, networking, and have learned some eye opening facts on what is going on in the election and some of the issues happening in Arizona. For future applicants, I would highly suggest going in with an open mind and trying something new, even if you haven’t done it before, like phone banking. Also, if someone is looking for an internship or a job, one factor that helped me was going to events put on by organizations like Young Republicans, College Republicans, or any other conservative networking events and meeting employers that way, in addition to applying on things online. This how I got my internship on the Ducey campaign and I was also able to make a lot of new friends and potential future job connections as well.