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The internship program in the Office of the Secretary of State is an exciting opportunity for college students and recent graduates to gain experience in a professional setting, learn more about the policy-making process, and experience state politics at work. Through the completion of the internship program, interns can gain practical skills that will prepare them for future endeavors in public service.

The internship program is a part-time, paid program open to college students and recent graduates with a record of academic excellence and a strong interest in public service. At this time, positions are only available in-person in the Dover office.

Interns are fully integrated into office operations, including assisting with legislative affairs, communications, and administrative work. Interns will be expected to:

  • Work closely with the policy staff to track Department of State legislation, perform research, draft briefing memos, and attend hearings at Legislative Hall. Note: when the Legislature is out of session (between July 1st and December 31st, summer and fall interns will assist in other policy work, including tracking and attending bill signings).
  • Work with the communications team to monitor news outlets, assist with press releases, and develop content for the Department of State’s social media platforms and website.
  • Attend outreach and community events to spread information and resources about the Department of State and its various divisions.
  • Provide general administrative support to our team including archiving documents, greeting constituents, answering constituent inquiries, and assisting in event planning.

Work schedules are flexible, but interns should plan to schedule between 12-20 hours per week for this internship.

Internship Requirements

  • Currently enrolled college student (Bachelor’s, Post-graduate) in a relatable field of study or recent graduate
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Reliable transportation
  • Excellent written and communications skills
  • Self-motivated, hard-working, and well-organized
  • A passion for public service

Application Priority Deadlines:

Applications are now being accepted for 2024.

Spring Priority Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted for the Spring term.

Summer Priority Deadline: Friday, May 3rd (June-August) 

Fall Priority Deadline: August 23rd (September-December) 

*The DOS Internship Coordinator will reach out to candidates after the priority deadline has passed.

How to Apply:

To be considered for an internship, applicants must fill out the internship form and submit a cover letter, resume, one letter of recommendation, and a writing sample (500-word max.) 

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