Hennepin County Elections is seeking a legislative intern for the Minnesota Legislature’s 2024 session. This intern will help monitor election administration legislation and provide written reports on weekly legislative progress to the elections’ leadership team. In addition, they will have access to professional development training and networking opportunities within our organization.As a department, we value attention to detail. We’re looking for candidates who are well organized and eager to learn new skills.Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visitemployee referral program. Location and hours:This position is hybrid and will be performed both on site at 625 South 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 and remote as job duties require. Work hours may be scheduled around the student’s class schedule, but must fall within the regular working hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This internship requires 20 hours of work per week. This internship will last six-month in duration.While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside or be willing to locate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.About the position type:This is a non-benefit earning internship position.This position is internally classified as intern II.Clickhere to view the job classification specification.Note: You must attach a resume and cover letter with your application materials in order to be considered for this position. In this position, you will:
· Monitor the Minnesota Legislature’s 2024 session for election-related bills and issues.
· Track progress of Hennepin County Elections Department’s legislative agenda.
· Monitor and view election committee hearings.
· Provide weekly updates to Elections Department leadership on legislative items and agendas.
· Assist Elections Department with adapting to new election laws.
· Draft communications regarding policy issues to election partners and policy makers.
· Assist Elections Department in evaluating legislative work area.
· Assist with other duties related to elections, such as (but not limited to) absentee voting, voter registration, voting equipment testing and voter engagement.
Need to have:
· Current enrollment in or a recent graduate (within 6 months) for the academic school year of 2023-2024 as a junior or senior in bachelor’s degree, or master's degree program in political science, public policy, communications, or related a field.
Nice to have:
o Using Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Access and/or OneNote or Google equivalent products.
o With Minnesota’s legislative or electoral process.
o With community engagement, or community organizing experience in a political campaign, non-profit, or public sector environment.
· Interest in local government, legislative affairs, or public policy.
· Strong oral and written communication skills.
· Willingness to learn and grow new skills.
· Ability to:
o Work collaboratively with a diverse group of team members, including internal and external partners.
o Work independently and meet weekly deadlines.
Department Description:Hennepin County Elections works with partners at the federal, state, and local level to provide voting services to over one million eligible county residents in over 400 polling places throughout the county. Program areas include voter registration, absentee voting, voter education and engagement, local election clerk training, voting technology, election day operations, results reporting and certification, recounts and audits, candidate filing, campaign finance reporting, violation investigations, and elections data stewardship.
About Hennepin County: Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here.Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates will be required to pass a background check post interview. Hennepin County values employee retention and engagement through a culture of individual development. If you are a current employee looking for an internship you are responsible for communicating and seeking approval from your supervisor/manager on an arrangement on schedule and workload prior to accepting the paid internship position. The compensation for the internship will be paid at the amount advertised in this posting.