Summer 2022 Intern Posting

The Phil Skaggs for State House campaign is looking for interns to work on our campaign in greater Grand Rapids. Interns will work inside a professionally run, fast-paced, fun, targeted campaign. Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience and make great connections as they work closely with our team to implement our winning campaign strategy and flip this seat from Red to Blue. 



Interns are an integral part of the campaign team. Interns will be trained, given important responsibilities, and held accountable for reaching goals. Each intern will be expected to work as part of a team. In addition to working on voter contact efforts – door-to-door canvassing, visibility at community events, and/or office work – interns will have specific responsibilities in one of the following areas:

  • Field: Assisting with absentee voter contact, yard sign organization, volunteer organization, data entry, community outreach, and visibility events, etc.
  • Fundraising: Donor research, database management, pledge follow-up, thank you note organization, and event planning and execution.
  • Communications and Policy: Website, email and social media organization, and research tasks.
  • Office Assistant: Operations management, mailings, and various project management jobs.
  • Special Projects: Digital design, photography, etc.



Applicants should have a dynamic personality, excellent verbal communication skills, solid organizational abilities and a strong work ethic. No previous campaign experience is required.  Applicants should be self-motivated and have a strong interest in political campaigns and a commitment to progressive values. Applicants should be willing to work at least four hours per week, although our schedule is flexible.


Phil Skaggs for State House

Phil is running because he’s passionate about investing in k-12 and higher education, supporting young families, combating climate change with a determined effort to move rapidly away from the use of fossil fuels, building an economy that creates jobs, protecting women’s rights and reproductive health, and defending our democracy. 

Phil has been serving in office for over a decade after having spent his early career in academia. Previously, he worked as the legislative aid for then State Reps. Brandon Dillon and David LaGrand in Lansing, was the West Michigan Director of the League of Conservation Voters, consulted on several ballot proposals, and has managed several State House and State Senate campaigns. 

Phil was an East Grand Rapids City Commissioner from 2012 to 2016, where he led the enactment of a LGBT non-discrimination ordinance and a street and sidewalk proposal that has greatly increased mobility and safety in EGR. In 2017 he became a Kent County Commissioner where he helped pass the Ready by Five investment in young children, defended public health during the pandemic, implemented meaningful justice reforms, and held polluters and pharmaceutical companies accountable for the harm they caused to innocent people. 

District 80 was recently drawn by the independent redistricting commission. It's composed of the cities of Kentwood, East Grand Rapids, Cascade Township and parts of Grand Rapids Township and Grand Rapids. It is considered a swing seat, giving us the rare opportunity to flip this seat from Red to Blue. We only need to flip three seats in the House to reach a Democratic majority in the House, making this seat crucial. 

Phil’s former interns have gone on to gain admission into elite colleges, attend graduate or law school, work for renewable energy non-profits, work at political design firms, work at environmentalist advocacy groups, work at lobbying firms in Washington DC, manage State House campaigns, enacted policing and justice reforms, and more. 



The internship is unpaid, but the campaign will work with you to earn academic credit at your school or college. Interns will leave the campaign with a portfolio of work, a letter of reference, and the skills and experience to be employed on political campaigns and at governmental and non-profit organizations. Applicants will be in contact with Emily Masternak, the campaign field director. 


Start Date: ASAP


Those interested in an interview should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] or contact Emily at 616-490-8170. 

Please also fill out the Google Form linked below for some basic information.


Paid for by the Friends of Phil Skaggs, 2615 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.