Advice by Joe Armer (Organising Fellow On Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign)
Getting experience in U.S politics this summer will be trickier than it was last year as there won’t be any major electoral races happening in the US this summer (the next US Senate and House elections will be in November 2018 so campaigns won’t be as big or as active as they would be in Summer 2018). There will be a few big races though – it’s likely that the New Jersey and Virginia governor’s races will be heavily fought, but the primaries for the candidates won’t be decided until late
r this year so the candidates for the race may not be confirmed until May/June and won’t take future hires until that point. However, it might be useful to look at the state party’s websites and see if they offer ‘fellowships’ or internships as they will be preparing for the campaigns earlier and will know of any opportunities to work on smaller ‘down ticket’ races.
By Joe Armer, BA Modern Languages Student
This summer I was lucky enough to work for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign as an Organising Fellow in Dayton, Ohio, one of the key battlegrounds in the election.
As an organising fellow, I was, in essence, a trainee organiser on the Ohio Democratic Party Co-ordinated Campaign, responsible for electing Democrats up and down the ballot.
Unsure what I was going to do with the summer after my Year Abroad in France and Spain, I started applying to jobs, internships and work experience over the Easter Holidays. Working on a campaign is something I’ve always wanted to do but British election campaigns always seemed to clash with exam season so I was never able to do more than the occasional bit of volunteering.
A profile on Rob Owens, BSc Psychology.
Sport is a great way to learn and develop skills that you might struggle with normally, such as leadership, team work, time management – and it’s also great for you!
Rob Owens is a Bsc Psychology student in his third year of study at the University of Birmingham.
He plays American Football for the Birmingham lions as a Wide Receiver. He is interested in pursuing a career in Marketing.