Internships at Southern Insights, LLC
Note: Due to the large volume of resumes we are unable to personally acknowledge the status of every applicant. After an intern application is received, it is reviewed and, if appropriate, routed to one of the various departments for further consideration. Only candidates selected will be contacted. Interns may, however, check the status of their application through an email.
Student interns will join a small staff in an exciting and hard-working atmosphere. Interns are given substantive work assignments and the individual attention needed to gain valuable insight into government and politics through public interest work experience. (Related studies include marketing, public relations, political science, government, journalism, and law, amongst others.)
Southern Insights seeks interns to assist campaign consultants using various sources of media, mail, phone, printing, etc. to promote candidates, as well as, some copyrighting, assisting in public relations, proof-reading, and event planning. Furthermore, duties include assisting in politics research for journalists, public interest groups, educators, activists and other researchers. In addition, Southern Insights seeks interns to assist with fundraising and other duties integral to the management of campaigns and promotion of candidates. Although this is a political internship in nature, a large part of the job will be public relations and marketing of candidates through internet, mail, dealing with constituents by phone, assisting in event coordination, and at times, participating in events.
The number of internships varies according to the needs of each project. Typically, two to six unpaid interns are hired each semester and each summer. In the spring and fall, interns are brought on part-time, at 8-16 hours per week for academic credit. In the summer full-time interns are hired for 32-40 hours per week.
There is no application form. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Southern Insights, LLC (attention: Internship Coordinator) by the appropriate deadline. Information may be sent via fax (205-977-9108) or mail. The cover letter should explain why the student is interested in an internship at Southern Insights and the project he or she finds most interesting. Following each deadline Southern Insights will select applicants to interview. Interviews are conducted at Southern Insights. People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Fall: July 31
Spring: December 31
Summer: March 15
Southern Insights accepts interns from all majors. Interns should have an interest in and be willing to learn about politics. Relevant majors include: Government, Political Science, Communications, Law, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, and Business. Applicants should have some familiarity with computers. Though no specific experience is necessary, experience with Excel, Word, and Publisher is helpful.