University Students and Political Campaigns
By Anthony N. Muccigrossi
Are you concerned with the future candidates for public office? If your answer is “yes,” then you should contribute to helping your public office candidates get elected.
Now, you might be thinking how can a college student get involved with a local, state, or federal political campaign? Surprisingly, all you need to do is call, email or stop by your chosen candidates campaign office.
With a main campaign office and satellite offices around the state, you are sure to find a way to contribute your efforts to help get your chosen candidates elected to public office.
My goal is to provide you with information pertaining to volunteering on a political campaign. I am in no way attempting to persuade you to pick a particular political party. I encourage you to evaluate all candidates and make a wise choice as to which candidates you choose to volunteer for.
By volunteering on a political campaign, you will gain first-hand experience in the efforts that go into helping elect a candidate for public office. Not only will you interact with public officials, you’ll gain invaluable experiences interacting with other campaign volunteers.
In reality, a political campaign is a giant network of people who come from very diverse backgrounds. This is a perfect opportunity to make friends and build connections with professionals and students from many different areas.
If you would like to work in government after you graduate, it is essential to work on a campaign. By doing so, you’re enhancing your chances of connecting with others who share the same passion.
Many of the people you’ll meet may have careers in local, state, or federal government. Meeting these individuals can increase your chances of future internships and the possibility of a government related job.
Depending on your past experience with political campaigns, your tasks may include calling voters, assisting with labeling and mailing literature, walking door to door to hand out literature about the candidate and a variety of other tasks. Accompanying candidates and assisting at public events may also be part of your tasks while volunteering on a political campaign.
As your experience volunteering on political campaigns builds, you can also apply for paid jobs on future political campaigns. With a variety of experience and stellar references, you can even become a campaign manager.
Regardless of a paid job or a volunteer position, you can help change the future of local, state and federal politics, one campaign at a time.