Utahn or not, an internship with the UTGOP is the perfect place for anyone to gain first hand knowledge and experience of what happens in the limelight, and behind the scenes of a state government. Every staff member is willing and able to help you learn and thrive while you are there, and you will come away more politically savvy and experienced than you were before. I recommend this internship to anyone and everyone, and will happily provide any more info about my six months with the UTGOP if requested.
My internship with the UTGOP was one of the most fantastic opportunities I've ever had. Working at the Utah Republican Party is a hands on internship. Working with campaigns, coming up with strategy, and creating a network of well connected individuals is only the beginning of what's in store. At the UTGOP, you're more than just an intern- you're part of a family. Having fun at work, while actually making a change that could impact the entire state of Utah (& the country in some cases) is exciting to think about, and there's no other place you'd rather be.
Many people don't believe they can make a difference in our communities. Interning with the Utah Republican Party has given me the opportunity to see the difference we can make.
If you’re thinking about applying for this internship, be aware, you’ll probably be overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by all the perks like meeting/working with the legislators and candidates? Yes. Overwhelmed by the satisfying feeling of being able to make a difference? Yes. But you’ll also be overwhelmed by the work. You’ll need to learn so many different things so fast because you won’t just be a little intern getting coffee for everyone. You’ll start working from day one. You’ll have many responsibilities from day one. You’ll have to be a self-starter, over-achiever, and a fast-learner from day one. These may not necessarily be true but that’s what I did, and THAT is how I improved. You can’t find better people to learn from and work with than the staff here. They’re smart, driven, and they respect and care about you, which is overwhelming too. If you merely want one more paragraph on you resume, this internship is probably not the right fit. However, if you want real experience, real knowledge, real inspiration, and real connections with people, look no further.
Join our the Utah Republican Party team.
Messaging for the Party is always important. This includes messaging to the general public, Republicans, party leaders & media. We also try to message in a variety of different ways: through email, social media, videos, etc. So that we reach all varieties of Republicans.
As a not-for-profit organization the Party is always working on fundraising. This is how we have the abilities to advocate for Republican beliefs and support Republican candidates who will make decisions the Republican people support & believe in.
The Party is always looking to recruit good Republicans to run for the various elected offices. This includes not only finding people who are willing to run for office, but also find candidates who best represent those in their district. After recruitment it is also crucial to help train & assist candidates so they have the best possibility of success in their run for office.
During the legislative session we both look at current bills and advocate on issues that are important to the Party. We also assist legislators with reaching out to their constituents. This is a time where legislators are in more communication than ever with their constituents because this is when they are making the decisions that really matter.
Every year the Party holds a convention. In the even years it is a Nominating Convention, in the odd years an Organizing Convention. Both types of conventions have elections. Nominating years it’s the election of Public Elected Officials, who we are going to place on the ballot in the upcoming election. Organizing years it’s the election of Party Officers, our internal Party structure. These conventions require months of organizing to ensure all the delegates & candidates have all of the information they need.
In the even years the Party holds Caucus night. This is where individuals in meet in their neighborhood precinct meetings to choose Precinct leadership & both county & state delegates to go to conventions. The State Party works to assist the County Parties in whatever way they need to get these meetings organized and the results reported to the necessary Leaders.
In even years there are many primary elections throughout the state. The Party assists all Republican Primary candidates with their campaigns as much as those candidates feel need the assistance.
After the primary elections the Party starts to prepare for the general elections.
During the general elections the Party assists many candidates with their campaigns. We assist candidates from city, county, state, and federal districts. Our interns help both in our office with tasks we are doing to assist candidates as well as working in the field with candidates.
Part-time internships are available for high school students.
Part-time & full-time internships are available. We encourage students to see if they can get credit through their university for their internship experience.
Part-time & full-time internships are available for young adults who would like to get more involved.
Institute of Government and Politics
Our interns have gone on to be:
Staffers in Congressional Offices in both Utah & Washington D.C.
Staffers with the Utah Legislature.
Campaign managers & staffers.
Lobbyists for a variety of causes.