Experiencing a Political Campaign

For students that choose to find and secure their own micro-internship, you may also pursue a placement with a political campaign this Fall. There are hundreds of fascinating races taking place right now, and each provides a great opportunity to learn and develop new skills. 

If you are interested in a political campaign for your micro-internship, you should indicate interest in the Law and Public Policy Career Community and select “Political Campaigns” as one of your areas of interest on the Junior Practicum Registration form. Please indicate your preference to find and secure your own micro-internship when prompted on the form.

Students from all majors are encouraged to consider this option. 

How Do I Find a Campaign? 

The first step is to identify the political candidate with whom you'd like to be placed by searching online resources such as Project Vote Smart or Ballotpedia. Once you have identified a candidate(s), you should contact their campaign office to inquire about opportunities for getting involved. Let the campaign know about your involvement in Oberlin's Junior Practicum and your interest in a remote internship with at least 80 hours of work. Some campaigns have a formal internship program that includes an online application form and interview. Please be prepared for this process to take some time--campaigns are very busy and they may be slow in getting back to you. You should start inquiring with the campaign(s) right away!

Additional Training and Funding

All students who secure an approved campaign placement will receive additional training from Oberlin Politics faculty, which will cover the skills necessary to succeed in a campaign environment. Students will also write a research paper based on their experience once the campaign is over and present their research at a Post-Election Zoom Symposium. Students who complete an approved campaign placement through the Junior Practicum and present at the Symposium will receive an honorarium in addition to their Practicum internship stipend, supported in part through the Cole Scholars Program and OIEP, the Oberlin Initiative in Electoral Politics, a summer placement and academic enrichment program that has provided Oberlin students with on-the-ground experiences in campaign work since 1994


Students with questions about campaigns, the research paper, or the Symposium should contact Michael Parkin at mparkin@oberlin.edu.

For questions about the registration process or Practicum, please contact ocareers@oberlin.edu.